The Russian Museum is the largest museum of the Russian fine arts. It was founded in 1895 under the Decree of the emperor Nicholas II as "The imperial museum of the Russian art of a name of the Emperor Alexander III" and was open for visitors in March, 1898.
Now the collection of the Russian Museum numbers more than 400000 exhibits and covers all historical periods and tendencies of development of the Russian art, all its main types and genres, the directions and schools more than for 1000 years: from X to XXI centuries.
The exposition of classical Russian art of 10-19 centuries is presentediIn the Mikhailovsky Palace – the well-known monuments of iconography, including Andrei Rublyov's icons, portrait works of Rokotov, Levitsky, canvases of the founders of the academic school of painting – Losenko, Bryullov, Ivanov, Repin, Polenov, genre paintings of peredvizhniki. In Benois's building one can familiarize oneself with tendencies of development of the Russian art school of a turn of 19-20 centuries presented by works of such outstanding masters as Vrubel, Serov, Filonov, Kandinsky, Malevich. Besides one can see subjects of national life and creative work here. Recently the exposition of the Soviet art was open.
The Marble Palace is a part of the Russian Museum. Works of modern art including eminent foreign artists within the "Ludwig's Museum in Russia" project are presented there. Unique historical interiors which allow to plunge into an era of imperial Russia are presented at all the palaces of the museum complex. Among them are Stroganov Palace, the Mikhailovsky (Engineering) Castle, the Summer palace and Cabin of Peter the Great. One can also walk along landscape gardening ensembles - the Summer garden and Mikhailovsky Garden.