Tretyakov Gallery stands out among other art galleries and museums in Moscow as having one of the largest collections of Russian art. The gallery was founded by the merchant Pavel Tretyakov, who donated his art collection to the city in 1892. For a true taste of Russian culture throughout the years, make sure the Tretyakov Gallery is on your holiday itinerary for Moscow.
A fairytale buildingUpon first view of the gallery’s main building, you can’t help but note its fairytale appearance, which was designed by the Russian painter Viktor Vasnetsov. Inside this gallery complex, make your way through more than 130,000 works of art, predominantly created by Russian artists. The collections of artifacts, paintings, drawings and sculptures extend from the 13th century to present time.
Collection and exhibitionsIn addition to its extensive permanent collection, the gallery regularly hosts visiting exhibits, with a few running parallel throughout the year. The best way to explore all the treasures is by joining one of the tours. The group tours are available in Russian, English, French and German and cover the permanent collection as well as the temporary exhibitions. If you prefer to explore on your own, opt for the audio tour, which is also available in several languages.
The Muzeon Sculpture ParkAnother unique part of the State Tretyakov Gallery complex is the adjacent Muzeon, formerly known as the Fallen Monument Park. The sculpture park exhibits 700 sculptures of Soviet leaders. Being the largest open-air sculpture museum in Russia, Muzeon invites you to stroll around, take in your surroundings and discover theater and music performances at any of the stages around the park.
From the Radisson Blu Slavyanskaya Hotel and Business Center, take the metro from Kievskaya to Oktyabr’skaya Station. As you arrive, switch line to the northbound line to Ulitsa Bolshaya Yakimanka Station. Jump off and take a short walk northeast to the gallery.