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Museum of Russian Icons

203 Union St, Clinton, MA 01510-2903
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continues to add an important cultural dimension to New England

I returned to see a Soviet art show, which is quite good, and revisited the beautiful icons. We... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Nancy2005
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Brookline, Massachusetts
An impressive collection of icons

This is a small museum that is a great place to visit if you are in the area. I live only an hour... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2017
Paul M
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West Newbury
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The Museum of Russian Icons was founded in 2006 as a nonprofit educational institution by Massachusetts art collector and industrialist Gordon B. Lankton. With more than 700 Russian icons and artifacts, the collection is the largest of its kind in North America, and one of the largest private collections outside Russia. Spanning six centuries, the collection includes important historical paintings dating from the earliest periods of icon "writing" to the present. The Museum facility is 16,000 square feet and comprises several galleries, research library, archive storage, conservation studio, an auditorium accommodating programs, lectures and concerts, the Russian Tea Room, terrace, and green roof.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I returned to see a Soviet art show, which is quite good, and revisited the beautiful icons. We are so lucky to have this collection in our midst. Worth a visit along with time in the town of Clinton.

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Reviewed 5 December 2017

This is a small museum that is a great place to visit if you are in the area. I live only an hour away, and wad always intrigued by this museum Russian icons? Clinton? It was well worth the trip. A beautiful, historic collection that...More

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

Thank you for the kind review Paul! We're so glad to hear that you finally made it out to us. Between the farms, conservation land, and Wachusett Dam, the road to Clinton is a beautiful one! Our special exhibitions are always changing, so we hope...More

Reviewed 3 November 2017

Going to this museum has been on our bucket list since we're now both retired. This lovely museum in a restored mill building surprised us both by the quantity and beauty of these icons. The audio is free with admission, the staff was very kind...More

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2017

Thank you for the kind review! We are so happy to hear that you both were finally able to make it to the Museum. Yes, it's easy to spend an entire day here between our audio tours, docent tours, and videos. We often rotate our...More

Reviewed 3 September 2017

Amazing display in a place you would not expect to find such treasures. I would recommend taking a tour with a docent if available as they had a lot of knowledge to pass on about the icons. Then you can go back and look more...More

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Thank you so much for your kind review! We agree, taking a docent tour (complimentary with admission) is a great way to view the collection. Each of our docents has a unique tour, so you can learn something new every visit.

Reviewed 31 August 2017

I have been to this marvelous museum two times. When I rave about the place after my visit, there are always others who have yet to visit who want to go along the next time I visit. Well, this unique Museum is so well worth...More

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Thank you for your kind review and we're glad to hear you're a repeat visitor! Our special exhibitions change out every 3-4 months, so there's something new to see with every visit. We appreciate you spreading the word!

Reviewed 9 August 2017

The contents of this museum are wonderful, taken one at a time. But it is really the overall experience that wowed us. There's no attempt to recreate a historically accurate environment, but the combination of the subdued lights, some of which faded from one color...More

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2017

Thank you for the kind review! Every element you mentioned was the vision of our Founder, Gordon B. Lankton. He wanted visitors to have the most immersive experience possible without taking away from the icons. There's still a few weeks left to view "Fantastic Beasts...More

Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Amazing collection of Russian icon Surprising find for small New England town Enjoyed walking through and seeing this private collection may available to the public

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2017

Thank you for the kind review! We're so glad you enjoyed viewing the icons - we're very grateful to our Founder for sharing his collection with us! We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 22 June 2017

Dennis took us on a 90 min tour of the museum. He had so much info he could have filled another 90 min. I never knew all the history behind it. There are several rooms there full of icons that a private collector had until...More

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2017

We're so glad to hear you had a better time than expected! We certainly have a lot of icons on display (we're the largest icon museum in North America!) and we are delighted that Dennis helped you understand the history behind these cultural treasures. We...More

Reviewed 4 June 2017

There are many reviewers more eloquent that I am, so I will just say it was a very enjoyable and informative visit. And I learned more than a thing or two! I am not sure I have ever seen so many great icons in one...More

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

Thank you for the kind review! We always try to make our collection accessible to children and families, and we are delighted to hear you stayed longer than expected!

Reviewed 14 April 2017

This museum, a renovated 150 year-old former mill, houses the largest collection of icons outside of Russia and is the only United States museum dedicated solely to icons. The owner started this amazing collection when he bought his first icon in Russia in 1989, and...More

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prettygirl1946
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Response from Amy C | Property representative |
Hello, Thank you for your interest in bringing a group here! Reservations can by made by calling 978-598-5000 during our business hours. We require a minimum of 10 people to book a tour and the fees are $9/person for adult... More
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Ellen C
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Thank you for your inquiry. Guided tours at the Museum do not have specific start times. God willing, we have a volunteer docent at the Museum every day. If there haven't been pre-scheduled group tours for the day then the... More
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