Pushkin Museum – Personal Review

Pushkin Museum in Moscow –


‘While the museum lacks some of the contemporary gloss of its Western counterparts – there is no guide book at present, even in Russian, many of the exhibits appear never to have been cleaned, and the lighting and decor are old-fashioned to say the least – there is more than enough substance in the huge collection to make up for any superficial inadequacies. Underfunding and resistance to change also mean that, while a little shabby, the Pushkin is a considerably more peaceful place to contemplate great art than many of the more hyped and hectic big galleries in the West.”

It’s interesting to me that this is called a “Visual Arts” museum. I don’t remember it being ALL art. There were historical documents and artifacts also included, but it’s been 11 years since I’ve been there so maybe I just wasn’t aware or something was lost in translation because, let’s face it, Russian is hard ya’ll.

It was a small museum but honestly I liked it more than The Hermitage which you can see my post on that here. It didn’t incase EVERYTHING and even though you weren’t supposed to touch the artifacts it was at least close enough to you that you could experience some of them a little more. And I felt like the museum had wonderful lighting – natural and not.

They also have an Ancient Egyptian exhibit on permanent display there. (Psst – here’s a little secret about me – I almost did my undergrad at Brown University in Egyptology. [sigh] If I believed in reincarnation, I think I would have been an Egyptian in one of my former lives.) The exhibit is not big but was set up very well and instead of the usual white walls and bright lights it was black walls and bright lights. I liked it! It was VERY dramatic which is a common adjective that I would use for Ancient Egypt.

I also enjoyed the many statues they had in their collection. They were very accesible and you could stand close enough to see their magnitude of height and width. Also the white marble statues were almost all displayed with natural lighting streaming in from skylights which just added more ambiance and drama to the exhibits.