Russian Museum of Ethnography, St. Petersburg

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Russian Museum of Ethnography exhibits over 500,000 items representing more than 150 different peoples of the former Russian Empire and the USSR. Known as one of the world's largest ethnographic museums, the collection showcases folk art and lifestyles from the 18th century through today, displaying relics, manuscripts, and elaborate dioramas. Tour the building to see colorful clothes and textiles, weapons and farming equipment, and typical tribal housing of the region. The museum also hosts a collection of adornments that contains precious and semi-precious stones from all regions of Russia. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Russian Museum of Ethnography by using our St. Petersburg trip site.
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  • A great ethnographic collection that spans the regions of eastern/southern Europe and as far to the east as Vladivostok. The items are well-grouped nad logically displayed on two floors and four...  more »
  • Bear in mind that even though it’s an ethnographic museum the items exhibited come mainly from foreign cultures so there is not much about Slavs and cultures that make the majority of the Federation.....  more »
  • One of the richest ethnographic collections I’ve had the pleasure of seeing. Their collection focused on the many cultures that made up the former USSR. It was not life painted on a canvas or photographs, but the actual clothing, shoes, costumes, utensils, raw materials, crafts, and lifestyles of the people. They took you inside their homes and gave you a glimpse of daily life. The museum has permanent and temporary exhibitions - together giving a profound perspective on humanity in our global world.
  • Beautiful very good museum. It makes you think of the conditions people lined just a little while ago in rural Russia.

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