On our way back, for a quick walk-through of the rest of the museum, we rescued some of our group who were still floundering about trying to find the Impressionist galleries with time running out. If you are on your own, here’s how to find the Impressionist rooms. As you face the entrance to the museum from the steps outside, the Impressionist collection is in four rooms, one room on either side of the center of the second floor above the front door, and then two rooms connecting to the front facing gallery to the right of center.Other than the Impressionist collection, there are some Kandinsky's, Picasso's, and a nice collection of artifacts and mummies from ancient Egypt.
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From journal Moscow--Russia’s Showpiece Capital
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The museum is located in the very center of the city very close to the Arbat area. The closest metro station is "Kropotkinskaya".
This is the second largest art collection in Russia, first being Hermitage in St. Petersburg. Pushkin museum was finished in 1912, and it has a large collection of classic scultures from Greece and Rome, the most famous sculpture in this museum is a copy of Michelangelo's "David", the original of which can be seen in Florence.
Its curator in the beginning of the 20th century was Tsvetayev, father of Marina Tsvetayeva, one of the most beloved poets of her time. She was a contemporary of Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandel’shtam and many other poets who greatly suffered for their creativity during Stalin’s rule.
The museum is also famous for its large collection of West European masters among whom are Rembrandt and Rubens just to name a few. But it is especially famous for its collection of impressionist and post-impressionist works by Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Manet, Matisse, Picasso, Gauguin.
The museum also has a lot of temporary exhibitions. In 1987 it had a large exposition of Marc Chagall's paintings which I still have the catalog of. This was probably the first large exhibition of Chagall's art in Russia ever. In 1988 I remember a huge exposition of Dali's paintings. I also remember an exposition of Durer's sketches.
So next time you are in Moscow, make sure to visit Pushkin museum.
From journal Travels to Russia - Moscow