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Museum of Russian Icons

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Address: 203 Union St, Clinton, MA 01510-2903
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The Museum of Russian Icons was founded in 2006 as a nonprofit educational...

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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Russian Icon Museum Visit.

This is a truly beautiful museum to visit I have been to sever event given there, the Icons are all so awesome.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Lenox
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a truly beautiful museum to visit I have been to sever event given there, the Icons are all so awesome.

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing the Museum of Russian Icons! We agree, the icons are pretty awesome :) We hope to see you at the Museum again soon. More 

Quincy, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Icons were all beautiful! There were 3 floors of them. The pieces were intricate and to fully appreciate them, you had to look closely. There were magnifying glasses hung on the walls to use. The colors were amazing and they were beautifully preserved for how old they were. My husband and I were thankful that Mr. Lankton began his... More 

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a nice review. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience and took advantage of everything the museum has to offer. We look forward to your return visit! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

It was very interesting all different type of Russian "Matreshka". They were different sizes, shapes, and type.. Was pretty good event.

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed the first annual MA-MAtryoshka Festival, produced by one of our dedicated docents. We hope to see you again on Mother's Day! More 

North Smithfield, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

There's a collection of over 400 Russian Religious Icons. Some date to the 1400's. Each Icon tells a story. Some a single scene and some a lifetime. I found the most interesting the calendars with each saint depicted in the month of his or her feast day. The art is incredibly intricate. The artisans were dedicated to their work. Magnifying... More 

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind review! We agree the calendar icons, called a Minyeia, are truly fascinating. The time and skill needed to paint the tiny figures is immense. We always encourage visitors to make use of the magnifying glasses, and we are happy to read that you did! More 

Clilnton, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

This museum is incredibly well designed. The exhibits are beautifully displayed and the explanations are clear and meaningful. The restored old building is also well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

This is a gem. Amazing collection, beautifully displayed, wonderful people. If you are in the area, don't miss this.

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review. We agree - the Museum is not to be missed if you are visiting the Clinton/Central MA area! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Today, probably more than ever before, an opportunity to learn about other cultures is priceless. I would recommend using audio device (free of charge) to help you understand what you are looking at. At the lower level you will find an impressive collection of samovars, and don't skip kids corner where you can see and play with famous matryoshka doll.... More 

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Amy B, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review. It's not often that people get to explore another culture so in-depth, and this Museum strives to make the Russian culture accessible and relevant. We're so glad that you made use of our informative audio guides, and yes, short visits often turn into much longer ones! We hope to see you here again soon. More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This trip to the Museum of Russian Icons was a special "gift" to visiting friends. We stayed there for over three hours. Our friends cannot stop talking about this visit and we were overwhelmed once again (having visited many times already). Especially wonderful is the splendid way all the glorious icons are presented, individually and collectively. There are exhibits for... More 

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Amy B, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for bringing some friends along! We love when visitors share the collection with their friends and family. Our curatorial team dedicates much of their time to arranging the collection in a thoughtful way, and we're always happy to hear that visitors appreciate the presentation. We hope to see you again soon! More 

West Boylston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This museum is a gem in its content and ability to move around the Museum at your own pace. You can use a self guided tour, listen and watch the movies conveniently located next to icons and can enjoy the serenity and warmth of this Museum. The docent we had at our most recent visit was excellent and very knowledgeable... More 

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Amy B, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us! We're so happy to hear that you made the most of your visit and experienced a lot of what we have to offer. All of our docents are incredibly knowledgeable, and each one of them has their own specialized tour to offer. We hope to see you again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Absolutely stunning museum. If you are in the area you really must stop by. Guided tours are run by volunteers and the gentleman we had seemed like he could talk about the collection for hours. It's definitely worth the trip.

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Amy B, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. Our volunteer docents are a talented and dedicated group of people, and they really can talk about the collection for hours. Each docent has their own specialized tour, so stop by again to experience something different. We hope to see you again soon! More 

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