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The Russian Museum boasts the biggest collection of Russian fine art in the city. Its main part has been housed in the neoclassical Mikhailovsky Palace since 1895. The Russian Museum also consists of the Marble Palace, the Mikhailovsky Castle, the Stroganov Palace and the Benois Wing.
The complex is massive, so be prepared to spend a good chunk of time here. It's a good idea to figure out what you want to see beforehand, so you can better plan your tour of this fascinating museum. Frommer's says, "The most popular rooms are in the Benois Wing, where works by … Malevich and Kandinsky attract international crowds. Chronologically, they're at the end of the exhibit, so save time and energy if you want to see them."
The museum is open every day but Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can reach it from the Gostiny Dvor and Nevsky Prospekt metro stations. Admission to the Mikhailovsky Palace and the Benois Wing is roughly $12 USD (350 rubles) for adults and roughly $5 USD (150 rubles) for students. It costs extra to tour the other buildings here, so be prepared to spend a substantial amount of rubles if you want to see the entire Russian Museum. For more information, visit the museum's website.
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