The largest showcase of European arts in Russia, having a sizeable fine arts and archaeological collection.
The Pushkin Museum was first opened to the public in 1912. Initially, it’s collection was limited to ancient statuary. The collection of the museum was enriched with that of the Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg and other museums in USSR when the capital was shifted to Moscow in 1918. The collection today includes a large amount of plaster castes of sculptures from ancient, medieval and Renaissance times and also paintings by world renowned artists such as Matisse, van Gogh, Picasso, Gaugin, Dufrenoy, and Derain. The collection also displays several archaeological finds, including the fabled Priam’s Treasure, supposedly from the site of Troy. Many of these artefacts were in fact taken from Germany and other countries during the Soviet Unions rule and have since stayed in the Pushkin.