The Russian Museum
is the first state museum of the Russian fine art in the country.
It was established in 1895 in St Petersburg under the decree of the Emperor Nicholas II.
Grand opened for visitors on March 19 (March 7, the Old Style) 1898.
The Russian Museum today is a unique depository of artistic treasures,
a famous restoration centre, an authoritative institute of academic research,
one of the major cultural and educational centres, research and methodological
centre of art museums of the Russian Federation, overseeing activities of 260 art museums of Russia.