State Historical Museum

State Historical Museum is the largest national museum of Russia. Its collections have been forming for more than 100 years and now contain over 4.5 million items. Architect Vladimir Sherwood and engineer Anatoly Semenov created the building of the museum on Red Square. It was opened for visitors in June 1883 during the celebrations of Emperor Alexander III coronation. The exposition starts in a majestic Ceremonial Entrance Hall (Paradnye seny) with “The Genealogical Tree of Russian Rulers” painted on the vaults. The first halls (1–7) introduce ancient history: the development of human civilization in Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages.

Exhibits of the following seven halls (8–14) illustrate the epoch of Old Russian state. Archaeological artifacts, written and pictorial monuments, manuscripts, icons tell us about the momentous events in the history of Russia: adoption of Christianity, feudal division, fighting against foreign invaders. The exposition of 15–21 halls is devoted to the theme of the centralized state formation, expansion of its borders. The halls of the second floor (22–35) show us the great history of Russian Empire in the 18th–20th centuries.
Moscow, Red Square, 1 (“Okhotny Ryad”, “Teatralnaya”, “Ploschad Revolyutsii” metro stations)
Information: +7 (495) 692 40 19

Opening hours

New exhibition hall

109012 Moscow, Red Square, 1
"Okhotny Ryad" , "Teatralnaya", "Ploschad Revolyutsii" metro stations
Exit the metro along the signs "To the Historical Museum"

Tour centre: +7 (495) 692 37 31
E-mail:visitor@shm.ru

Tour centre working hours: 10 AM – 5 PM

Opening hours:
1 September – 31 May 10 AM - 6 PM
10 AM - 9 PM on Fridays and Saturdays
Tuesday — day off
1 June – 31 August:10 AM - 9 PM
Except 5 July and 7 August

Last admission 1 hour before closing

Artillery courtyard

109012 Moscow, Red Square, 1
"Okhotny Ryad" , "Teatralnaya", "Ploschad Revolyutsii" metro stations
Entrance from the "Zero kilometer" side.

Opening hours (during exhibitions):
1 September – 31 May 10 AM - 6 PM
10 AM - 9 PM on Fridays and Saturdays
Tuesday — day off
1 June – 31 August:10 AM - 9 PM
Except 5 July and 7 August

Exhibition complex of State Historical museum
"109012, Moscow, Nikolskaya street 5/1, 2
 («Okhotny Ryad» , «Teatralnaya», «Ploschad Revolyutsii» metro stations)Entrance from Red Square."
1 June – 31 August:10 AM - 9 PM – daily
Except 5 July and 7 August
Artillery courtyard is closed in winter period
Free entrance

10.11.2018 — 15.04.2019

Exhibitions

4th December 2018 Historical State Museum holds an opening ceremony of an exhibition "Russian North".

In the north of the European part of the country, including territories of modern Vologda, Archangelsk, Murmansk Oblast’, republics of Karelia and Komi, the unique domestic life, unusual, incomparable atmosphere was formed, and various Russian folk artistic crafts were developing in it. This land was always famous for the skill of carving and painting on wood. Wooden tableware, furniture, house decorations were painted with bright fairy‐tale flowers, figures of horses and birds, lions and griffins, Syrin bird and mermaids, various genre compositions.

Russian North is connected inseparably with the name of renowned Russian painter, book illustrator and stage painter I. Y. Bilibin. Some traditional embroideries that were brought from his travels to the north will be demonstrated for the first time ever.

Wooden ladles, baskets, saltsellars, birchbark wares, spinning wheels will be presented at the exhibition, as well as the items from one of the biggest painting centre of XIX century that was situated in the area of Permogor’je on the Northern Dvina. The spinning wheel made by master Jacov Jarygin in the middle of XIX century distinguishes itself from other handiworks: on a light, almost white ground he depicted bright genre compositions — maidens gathered at the spinning wheels and a harmonist; a woman sewing; Russian troika and a cart; tea‐time at a round table with a samovar and a teapot; here are also figures of a lion and a unicorn together with master’s favorite birds set against the luxurious floral ornament — "travka" that is peculiar to the XVII century.

National costume is the brightest and most distinctive element of all cultures. For historical reasons Russian North was the only place where the costume of pre‐Peter epoch was preserved and prevailed. It consisted of traditional sarafan, shirt, pinafore and waist‐band and was enriched with different finery. The most valuable part of the costume were headdresses, especially wedding ones. The exhibition will demonstrate women’s national costumes and headdresses from Olonets, Kargopol, Archangelsk governorates of XVIII— the middle of XIX century.

The art of the Russian North existed and developed in close connection with religion. The exhibition will show you the fullest carved "list" of St Nicholas Mozhaisky’s image mentioned in annals. Northern icon painting was influenced by Novgorod very early, since XIV‐XV centuries, then by Rostov the Great, Vladimir and lastly Moscow. Since XVI century local artistic traditions began to shape up, and monasteries, for example, Solovetsky and Antonievo‐Siysky, became large centres of icon painting.

Veliky Ustyug was the main centre of "northern niello" — curious type of etching. Ware, chests, tobacco and jewellery boxes were popular among the silver items made by masters of this town. In these workpieces, as well as in other folk crafts, the influence of art styles prevailing in XVIII‐XIX centuries is visible. For example, for XVIII century pastoral scenes and landscapes, apparently borrowed from the fashionable book illustration of these times and actualized by local masters, are customary. At the exhibition you can see a gold‐covered silver tray made in 1837 with Vologda cathedral church and the inscription "Principal town of a province Vologda M:Ivanch Zuev" on the bottom. Along the edges master Zuev located niello garlands of leaves and flowers, in the corners there are floral baskets.

Russian North is famous not only with its masterpieces of decorative and applied art, but also with monuments of Old Russian literature. Beautiful artistic decorations of manuscript books, miniatures, initials turn literary texts to the real treasures of art.

05.12.2018 — 20.05.2019

Exhibitions

On November 8., Rossiya Segodnya will announce the Grand Prix winner in the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest. The organizers will keep the name of the winner secret until the last moment and will only reveal it at the awards ceremony which will take place in the Exhibition Complex of the State Historical Museum at 2/3 Revolution Square. The ceremony will be followed by an exhibition of the winners’ works. It will be open for visitors during normal museum working hours until January 14. Admission is free.

In 2018, 25 young photographers from 14 countries competed for the Grand Prix. Among them were photographers from Russia, Iraq, Iran, Spain, Italy, Belarus, Israel, South Africa and others. The exhibition will feature some 200 works by the best young photojournalists who try to capture all the complexity of life in their images — from the Biblical beauty of limestone quarries in Upper Egypt to the fast cutting of post‐election events in Kenya in the fall of 2017, from the ethnic rites of Nenets nomads in the Arctic to the heated tennis matches of the 2017 French Open.

The State Historical Museum Exhibition Complex will be the first venue for the winners’ exhibition. The photo show will then go on tour at galleries around the world.

About the contest:

The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest was launched by Rossiya Segodnya under the aegis of the Russian Commission for UNESCO. Its main goal is to support young photographers and draw public attention to the challenges of modern photojournalism. This contest is a platform for young photographers; talented, empathetic and open‐minded, they draw our attention to people and events around us.

In 2018, the contest jury included representatives from the world’s leading news agencies: AFP (France), Anadolu Ajansi (Turkey), Notimex (Mexico), as well as world‐class photographers and editors. The jury was chaired by Ahmet Sel, who is Visual News Editor in Chief for Anadolu Agency (Turkey).

09.11.2018 — 14.01.2019

Exhibitions