The Russian crowd in general is very “culture-oriented” and there are over 200 museums in Moscow and over 200 galleries here. Almost every second street, especially in the city center has some museum on it, so you have to do your homework to find out where the artwork you love most is held.
1 The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
This is like the Metropolitan Museum of Moscow. It is probably the most popular museum and most admired one. From Ancient Art, Middle Ages, and Renaissance to Impressionism and other art of the 19th and 20th centuries – it has everything. The museum has a great central location and over the last few years has expanded – it now has additional buildings, which are used for more contemporary exhibits.
2 Tretyakov Gallery
3 Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Following Manhattan’s trend of opening galleries in old factories, Winzavod is considered to be Moscow’s most modern and unique gallery space. Located on the territory of an old winery and before that a brewery, Winzavod’s industrial setting is perfect for the provocative and extremely popular art exhibits it hosts. With 3 large exhibition halls and 11 galleries – every week one can find an exciting event to attend – be it an art-house film screening, a pop-up designer show, a trendy photo exhibit or an avant-garde art presentation. They have a trendy café there as well.
5 Garage Center for Contemporary Culture
It was founded by Dasha Zhukova in 2008 in an abandoned 1920s bus depot as a non-profit project which is supposed to help explore young artists and contemporary art in general. As it says on their site: “Garage aims to bring important international modern and contemporary art and culture to Moscow, to raise the profile of Russian contemporary culture and to encourage a new generation of Russian artists.”