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Many say the Tretyakov Gallery features the best collection of Russian fine art in the world. This museum is filled to the brim with masterpieces ranging from the 11th century to the 20th century. The gallery is actually comprised of two buildings, often referred to as the "Old Tretyakov" and the "New Tretyakov."

If you make time for only one museum in Moscow, make sure it's this one. Frommer's says, "This collection of masterpieces awes both newcomers to Russian art and connoisseurs." With works from Russian icons like Vrubel and Kadinsky dotted throughout the museum, you could easily find yourself whiling away the whole day here.

Admission is approximately $10 USD (300 rubles) for adults and $6 USD (180 rubles) for students. You can visit Tuesday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. (last admission is at 6:30). One way to get here is by taking the Metro to either the Tretyakovskaya or the Novokuznetskaya station. For more information, check out the museum website.

  • There are no English-language translations on the plaques here, but you can rent an audio guide or buy an English-language guidebook." -- Fodor's
  • Allow a full morning or afternoon for this one. The pedestrian street in front is ideal for strolling, and the adjacent restaurant is a treasure of Russian cuisine, though it's often full." -- Frommer's
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