MuseumThe Russian Museum of Ethnography

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About the museum

The Ethnographical department of the Russian museum was founded on April 13th 1895 by the His Majesty’s Supreme Decree Nikolas II in memory of his father Emperor Alexander III.

In the late 19th cen. the purpose and the perspective plan of the development of the Russian museum named after Alexander III was defined. The museum included three departments: of Fine Arts (Mikhailovsky palace), of ethnography and the department devoted to the memory of Emperor Alexander III.

Development of the project of the Ethnographical and Memorial departments was charged with young and talented architect V.F. Svinin, whose project of the reconstruction of the Mikhailovsky palace was chosen by the Empress Maria Feodorovna, and who conduct all works on this complex.

According to the architect’s plan, the building of the Ethnographical department was to be erected exclusively by national means and exclusively from domestic materials with use of advanced technologies and new equipment. As such, for the halls decoration V. Svinin chose Olonets marble, which was mining not far from St-Petersburg.

At the Grand Prince George Mikhailovich request, the first Manager of the Russian museum, in 1910 the cornice of the museum with the sculpture “Athena – the Patroness of Arts and Trades” created by M.Ya. Kharlamov was decorated.

The crystal slabs of the ceiling of the Memorial Department with pictures of two-headed eagles were produced by Moscow goldsmiths from the “I.P. Khlebnikov, sons and Ko” company.

The building was to become an integral part of the Mikhailovskaya Square ensemble created by Carlo Rossi in the first half of the 19th cen. The design by the architect V. Svinin proved to meet successfully all above requirements.

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  • Russian Museum of Ethnography, 4/1, Engineering street, Palace District, Центральный район, Saint Petersburg, Northwestern Federal District, 190000, Russia
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  • Екатерина

    5 out of 5 rating 01-06-2020

    Прекрасный музей с огромным количеством экспонатов. Бесплатный аудиогид как раз к месту, чтобы понять назначение и применение разными народами того или иного предмета быта или одежды.

  • чикибамбоня

    5 out of 5 rating 11-08-2019

    чудесный музей

  • Лена

    5 out of 5 rating 04-07-2019

    Прекрасный гид. Даже про веретено нашлось что рассказать интересного!!

  • Andrei

    1 out of 5 rating 04-02-2019

    Были на выставке Золото Инков в Этнографическом музее. Все qr коды переводят на страницы на китайском языке и изменить его нельзя. Пожалуйста, настройте русский язык.

  • Mark Chukhleb

    5 out of 5 rating 02-25-2017

    Я говорю на русском

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