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“Excellent exhibitions in a handsome building”

The Museum of Russian Art
Ranked #11 of 208 things to do in Minneapolis
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Owner description: The Museum of Russian Art is the only museum in North America devoted to preserving and presenting all forms of Russian art and artifacts. Housed in a beautifully renovated historic building, the Museum’s multi-level galleries provide a tranquil and intimate setting for TMORA’s exhibitions and educational events. Now on view: Women in Soviet Art: focusing on the representation and self-representation of women in Soviet art, this exhibition explores the roles and perspectives of women under the Soviet system from the 1950s–1980s.Jewish Life in the Russian Empire: Exhibited for the first time in 1867 at the seminal ethnographic exhibit in Moscow, the photographs depict a unique record of Jewish life in Tsarist Russia. It tells the story of Jewish communities within the Pale of Settlement, a region where permanent residency of Jewish peoples was allowed. Jewish Life in the Russian Empire will be on display in the lower gallery.
New York City, New York
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“Excellent exhibitions in a handsome building”
Reviewed 5 November 2013

Why are Russians such great artists -- think of dance, literature or music? I don't know, but they are and their visual art is no exception. I was here for the "Women in Painting" exhibit and was delighted. The work is displayed to perfection in this gracefully converted church. I will never visit the Twin Cities without returning.

Visited October 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Colorful feast for the eyes”
Reviewed 20 October 2013

The building is beautiful and the art captivating with good explanatory captions. Worth a visit for the gift shop alone.

Visited October 2013
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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“Small But Wonderful”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

Love small "niche" museums that are not overwhelming but well done. Our visit had a wonderful exhibit of female Russian artists, both contemporary and historic. Downstairs was a photographic exhibit of "shetl" life. Really got a taste of old Russia before the revolution.

Visited July 2013
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Nahant, Massachusetts
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“This museum never disappoints”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

We visit this museum on every trip to Minneapolis. The exhibitions change regularly, and always give us a visual feast. Well lighted, well displayed.... but it is their choice of paintings that makes every visit worth it.

Visited October 2013
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“Who cares...”
Reviewed 12 October 2013

... about the Russian art. The place is not conveniently located and it can be easily mistaken for a residential home. It's filled with kitschy representations of arts and crafts from Russia. Honestly, I don't know of any good art from Russia so I wouldn't waste my time here.

Visited October 2013
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TMORA_Minneapolis, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of Russian Art, responded to this review, 14 October 2013
Thanks so much for coming! If you are looking to learn about "good" Russian artists, I recommend that you check out artists like Korzhev, Kandinsky, Petrov-Vodkin, Serov, Tatlin, Rodchenko, Maleevich, Goncharova, Fechin, Repin and others. Russia boasts some of the most instantly recognizable artists the world has ever produced. It would be a real shame to not know anything about them – or worse – generalize them. Thanks again!
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