Museums in Moscow Part II: Tretyakov Gallery

Dear readers,

today I want to present you the second part of the series Museums in Moscow and I will provide you some information about the world famous Tretyakov Gallery.





It is one of the most important Russian art museums, next to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.

The history of the gallery is long: It dates back until 1856, when the Muscovite Pavel Mikhailovich Tretyakov started to buy works of Russian artists. He started to create a collection and in 1892 it included already 2000 pieces of art.

The famous front of the gallery was designed between 1902 and 1904 by the painter Viktor Vasnetsov. The gallery is located south of the Kremlin. During the 20th century the gallery steadily expanded to further buildings.

Today the collection of the museum contains more than 130.000 exhibits and many famous pieces by Russian painters.

After spending many hours in the museum, I can tell it is completely worth it and no visit to Moscow is completed without having been to the Tretyakov Gallery –  if you are interested in art, it is one of the most interesting museums world wide.

Opening hours

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays — from 10.00 to 18.00 (ticket office and last admission until 17.00),
  • Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays — from 10.00 to 21.00 
    (ticket office and last admission until 20.00),
  • day-off — Monday

Entrance fee

The entrance costs 400 RUB per person and for all under 18 the admission is free.

It is recommended to buy the tickets online in order to avoid the queues.

You can find the online tickets and further information about the museum here:

How to get there

If you are already in the centre and the weather is pleasant I would recommend to walk there. You simply need to pass by the St. Basil Cathedral, cross the river Moskva and walk straight on Bolshaya Ordynka Street for about 1.5km. It shouldn’t take longer than 25mins.

Alternatively you can also take the metro to the station Tretyakovskaya.


Stay tuned for further parts of this series!




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