Russian Museum of Ethnography

Local nameРоссийский этнографический музей
LocationSaint Petersburg, Russia

The Russian Museum of Ethnography is a museum in St. Petersburg that houses a collection of about 500,000 items relating to the ethnography, or cultural anthropology, of peoples of the former Russian Empire and the Soviet Union.The museum was set up in 1902 as the ethnographic department of the Russian Museum. It is housed in a purpose-built Neoclassical building erected between 1902 and 1913 to Vasily Svinyin's design in the proximity of the Mikhailovsky Palace. It occupies the place of the eastern service wing, the stables and the laundry of the palace.

The museum's first exhibits were the gifts received by the Russian Tsars from peoples of Imperial Russia. These were supplemented by regular expeditions to various parts of the Russian Empire which began in 1901. Further exhibits were purchased by Nicholas II of Russia and other members of his family.

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Official website of the Russian Museum of Ethnography


Phone +7 812 570 54 21

Address Inzhenernaya ulitsa 4, 190000, St Petersburg, Russia

Coordinates 59°56'16.544" N 30°20'3.409" E

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