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The Museum of Russian Art

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Address: 5500 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419-1933
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+1 612-821-9045

The Museum of Russian Art is the only museum in North America devoted to...

The Museum of Russian Art is the only museum in North America devoted to preserving and presenting all forms of Russian art and artifacts. Housed in a beautifully renovated historic building, the Museum’s multi-level galleries provide a tranquil and intimate setting for TMORA’s exhibitions and educational events. Now on view: Women in Soviet Art: focusing on the representation and self-representation of women in Soviet art, this exhibition explores the roles and perspectives of women under the Soviet system from the 1950s–1980s.Jewish Life in the Russian Empire: Exhibited for the first time in 1867 at the seminal ethnographic exhibit in Moscow, the photographs depict a unique record of Jewish life in Tsarist Russia. It tells the story of Jewish communities within the Pale of Settlement, a region where permanent residency of Jewish peoples was allowed. Jewish Life in the Russian Empire will be on display in the lower gallery.

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Unique, stunning, rarely seen Russian ART.

My family loves to visit this small gem of a museum in Minneapolis. The permanent collection has paintings rarely seen anywhere else. Our favorites are the winter and spring... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Cheryl B
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My family loves to visit this small gem of a museum in Minneapolis. The permanent collection has paintings rarely seen anywhere else. Our favorites are the winter and spring landscapes. The Russian artists, hidden from the West for so many years, offer rich palettes and unique perspectives. Special exhibits, like a recent one on the Romanovs, was so amazing, enlightening,... More 

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Chicago suburbs
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Special exhibits change every few months; no permanent exhibits. We saw "Leningrad Siege" and "Children in USSR." Both exhibits were intriguing, very well captioned (to give context to each item) and overall of high quality. The "USSR Children" exhibit delights with huge oil paintings depicting children playing, studying, daydreaming. I loved it. various Leningrad Siege exhibit includes 200 or so... More 

Thank WalkingLadyJ
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited to see the exhibit on the Czars - a hidden gem off the beaten track. Low key, medium sized, great value for the price. Will go again

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Duluth, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This museum has a lot to offer in a smaller space. Once this museum was a church and has been converted to house this beautiful gallery style museum. The art rotates so you can go a couple times a year and not see the same thing. The lower level was the special exhibit of the siege of Leningrad. They do... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We didn't know what to expect here, and were blown away by the quality of the two exhibits. One was on the Siege of Leningrad, the other presented paintings of children and youth in the USSR (which did not at all fit my preconceptions of socialist realism). The staff was helpful and friendly. Gift shop has beautiful items in it.... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

Exhibits change every few months, but it seems as if there are always evocative paintings of the Russian countryside on view somewhere. In our December visit, we also enjoyed an exhibit of jeweled Faberge items and another seasonal one, showing how, under the Soviet Union, previous (banned) Christmas festivities morphed into permissible New Year greetings and celebrations. The building, built... More 

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Shoreview, Minnesota
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

You can get discount tickets on Groupon, so start there. I visited with my mom in early January, so they had Soviet era New Year's Trees (Christmas was against the law). These were fascinating! The galleries had beautiful paintings, and the Faberge Collection was unique. The museum shop was fun--I bought some hand felted wool Christmas ornaments. It's a small... More 

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New Jersey
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

Glad I went, I took an uber as it isn't nearby the light rail. I went to see their Faberge Collection but a new exhibit had just opened which I LOVED - the Siege of Leningrad - a collection of lithographs, posters, etc. It was really good `and fascinating!

Thank Karen31462
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

A small church in south Minneapolis has been converted into a one of a kind museum. The exhibits regularly change and I have never been disappointed with the art or exhibitions. I always learn something new.

Thank Kathryn F
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

This weekend, I visited the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis. The museum, is rather small, with only four galleries, and hosts a rotating collection of Russian art. When I was there, the current exhibitions were “Stage Designs by Vera Mednikova: From Pushkin to Hawthorne”, “Art of Valerian Formozov: Visions of the Russian Heartland”, “Unknown Fabergé: New Finds and Re-Discoveries”,... More 

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