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The State Russian Museum

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The origins of the State Russian Museum dates back to the reign ofAlexander III, who began to buy Russian art at the end of the nineteenth century with a view to establishing a national museum.

His plans were realized by his son Nicolas II, who purchased the Mikhailovsky Palace and opened it in 1898 as the nation’s first public museum of Russian art, named after Alexander III.

The museum contains the finest collection of Russian art – about 400,000 works in total – ranging from medieval icons to the present time.