It’s ironic that the only thing Russian about Moscow’s Pushkin Museum is its name. It’s a further irony that Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin is regarded as one of Russia’s most famous writers–and by far its most famous poet. It’s perhaps an even further irony that the museum is just a stone’s throw from the Kremlin, one of the most indelible symbols of Russophilia. Those Russians sure know their…well, do we have to say the “I” word again?
When the capital of Russia was moved from St. Petersburg to Moscow, some collections from the Hermitage Museum were brought over in the mix. This formed the basis for the Pushkin, and was compounded upon when the State Museum of Western Art added the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artwork (Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso, Matisse, Monet) for which the museum has now become famous. It may not be the peredvizhniki of the Tretyakov Gallery, however it is the largest collection of European art in Moscow and has some of European art’s crowning achievements.
And one of the best parts is (again, very Russian) the price. At 300 Roubles for adults and 100 Roubles for Students (which is roughly $10/$3) which includes free admission to the Museum of Private Collections (which isn’t as dirty as it sounds). There is also free admission to the educational center MUSEYON (which houses some impressive sculpture).
Thanks, Rob Lee!
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
Volkhonka 12, Moscow
Metro to Kropotkinskaya
Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Thursday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm