The nearest metro to Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts is Kropotkinskaya. The visit to this museum is therefore best bundled with a visit to the magnificent Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
The main museum building housed most of the exhibits as well as temporary exhibition. Tickets to the temporary exhibition are limited so it is advisable to check online.
The smaller Museum of 19th & 20th Century European and American Arts building is located just next door. The online tickets must be exchanged at this museum.
At the time of my visit, the temporary exhibition was Linden Collection featuring Rembrandt school paintings. The temporary exhibition ticket was very popular and it is advisable to purchase the tickets online.
The long line of people were for those visiting the temporary exhibition only. To visit the permanent exhibition, we skipped the long line and showed our tickets to the staff to enter the museum. Then we visited the Linden Collection by a side entrance at the 2nd Level.
The permanent exhibition consisted of collections from ancient civilizations as well as paintings by European masters. A large portion consists of plaster cast of sculptures from Ancient Greece and Rome as well as Renaissance period. These are replicas and not the actual marble sculptures.
This museum pales in comparison with other great museums and I would not recommend a visit if time is limited.
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