The Russian Museum is the world's largest museum of Russian art and a unique architectural and artistic complex in the historical center of St. Petersburg.
It is the first state museum of Russian fine art in the country, founded by Alexander III. The grand opening of the Russian Museum for visitors was held on March 19 in 1898.
The basis of the collection were objects and works of art from the Winter Palace, the Gatchin and Alexander Palaces, the Hermitage and the Academy of Arts, as well as assemblages of private collectors donated to the museum.
The museum collection counts about 400 000 works and covers all historical periods and trends of Russian art development, main types and genres, directions and schools for more than 1000 years: from the 10th to the 21st century.