The Russian Museum is the world's largest museum of Russian art, a unique architectural and art complex in the historical center of St. Petersburg, occupying one of the most beautiful buildings - the former Grand Duke Mikhailovsky Palace.
The grand opening of the Russian Museum for visitors took place on March 19 (7), 1898. The basis of the collection of the Russian Museum were objects and works of art donated from the Winter, Gatchina and Alexander Palaces, from the Hermitage and the Academy of Arts, as well as collections of private collectors donated to the museum.
The collection of the museum has about 400,000 exhibits and covers all historical periods and trends in the development of Russian art, the main types and genres, directions and schools for more than 1000 years: from the 10th to the 21st century. The total area of the museum is currently more than 30 hectares. The collection is housed in buildings that are outstanding architectural monuments of the 18th – 19th centuries: Mikhailovsky, Stroganov, Marble Palaces and Mikhailovsky Castle. The museum complex also includes the Mikhailovsky Garden, the Summer Garden with the Summer Palace of Peter I and the house of Peter I.
The Russian Museum today is an extensive museum complex, the largest reputable research, restoration, custody and methodological center that oversees the work of all art museums in the country.