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  • Tretyakov Gallery In-App Audio Tour & Skip-the-Line Ticket

    1. Tretyakov Gallery In-App Audio Tour & Skip-the-Line Ticket

    View the best collection of Russian paintings in Russia at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. Walk through the halls of the museum and see paintings by renowned artists, including Orest Kiprensky, Karl Bryullov, Ilya Repin, Isaac Levitan, Ivan Shishkin, and others. Begin in Borovikovsky Hall, where you will be greeted by the "Diamond Prince" and the famous portrait of Maria Lopukhina. Continue on and learn the meaning behind Vasily Surikov's painting "The Morning of the Strelets' Execution," and you will understand how an artist can be a battle painter and a pacifist at the same time. This self-guided audio tour is ideal for a first-time visitor to the gallery and for those who want to gain a deeper understanding of the museum's collection.

  • Moscow: 2-Hour Tretyakov Gallery Private Tour

    2. Moscow: 2-Hour Tretyakov Gallery Private Tour

    Start with a tour of the rooms of the Tretyakov Gallery in chronological order with your guide. Discover one of the richest collections of Russian icons, especially those of the master icon painter, Andrey Rublev. Founded in 1854 by Pavel Tretyakov who wanted to make his collection of Russian paintings available to the greatest number of viewers, the Tretyakov Gallery has the richest collection of Russian pictorial art from the 12th to the 20th centuries. As you walk through the rooms of the gallery, find out why it is known as one of the foremost repositories of Russian fine art in the world. Explore a unique collection of Russian paintings, dating back to the 19th century, including the great works of Ivan Aivazovsky, Ivan Shishkin, Alexander Ivanov, Konstantin Korovin, Ilya Repin, Valentin Serov, Vasily Surikov and many others. Finally, discover the room devoted to the works of Mikh...

    It was an interesting tour, the guide (Maria) was educated and had a nice way of explaining the Gallery

  • The Best of Russian Art: Tretyakov Gallery Private Tour

    3. The Best of Russian Art: Tretyakov Gallery Private Tour

    Meet your private guide in the lobby of your hotel and go either walking or by metro (depends on the location of your hotel) to the Zamoskvorechye district where the Tretyakov gallery is situated. On your way to the museum you can enjoy one of the most beautiful stations of the Moscow underground - Novokuznetskaya (if you go by metro).  During your 3-hour tour, you can admire great masterpieces and also get to know the rich history of Russian fine art. The gallery was founded in 1856 by a wealthy merchant and a famous patron of the arts Pavel Tretyakov, who had been collecting unique artworks and supporting Russian artists for many years. The works of such outstanding painters as Ilya Repin, Valentin Serov, Viktor Vasnetsov, Ivan Shishkin and Mikhail Vrubel are prominent in the main building of the gallery. This is the best way to experience the unique Russian spirit while looking at s...

  • Moscow CityPass 1-5 Day Option

    4. Moscow CityPass 1-5 Day Option

    The Moscow CityPass is your key to the city, offering great value and convenience with free entry to more than 40 top attractions, a 1-day hop-on-hop-off bus tour, river cruise, observation deck, and walking tour. Enjoy free entrance to more than 40 attractions in Moscow and observe the city from different perspectives with 7 free excursions by land or water. Save your time with the skip-the-line option at such top attractions like Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral and other. Head out to the Kremlin Museums or board the Radisson Royal River Cruise, and then enjoy the special offers at various restaurants to get the full experience of Moscow. Plan your trip using a free guidebook and city map (metro map included). Moscow CityPass is your smart way to travel. The tour operator has already chosen the most interesting attractions for you. Just open your guidebook and decide where you will go a...

    we could not use our mobile voucher. We had to go to meeting point to take the card then use the card to change for a ticket. which does not make sense. however the facility to get in sightseeing points was very handy.

  • Moscow Tretyakov Gallery: Half-Day Private Tour

    5. Moscow Tretyakov Gallery: Half-Day Private Tour

    Discover one of the best collections of Russian art on a 4-hour private tour of the Tretyakov Gallery in central Moscow. Your guide will collect you from your hotel to take you on Moscow’s beautiful metro to the museum in the Zamoskvorechye District. Here, explore one the best collections of Russian art in the world, housed behind the fairytale façade of an early 20th-century building. The gallery was founded by Moscow merchant Pavel Tretyakov who began collecting works by Russian artists in 1856. In August 1892, Tretyakov presented the collection and gallery to the City of Moscow. Now reopened, after a 9-year renovation, the gallery is home to the world’s best collection of Russian icons, as well as a fantastic collection of pre-revolutionary masterpieces of Russian art.

    Natalia was our guide on this tour and she was excellent. Her knowledge of the content of the museum was impressive and her English language skills were excellent. She was very accommodating and couldn't have been more helpful. Even though the gallery is huge we did not feel rushed. Very reliable communication in the lead up to the tour and she went out of her way to help organise another tour for us the following day. Thank you Natalia you made the day memorable.

  • Zamoskvorechye Tour and Tretyakov Gallery with Private Guide

    6. Zamoskvorechye Tour and Tretyakov Gallery with Private Guide

    Meet your friendly local guide in your hotel lobby and get prepared to explore one of the most historic areas of the Russian capital - Zamoskvorechye District.  Stroll through the main streets of the area for a true sense of the city’s eclectic culture and feast your eyes on 18th-century mansions, traditional Russian wooden homes, and Baroque houses. Wander along the scenic Moskva River embankments, take in the sweeping Kremlin views from the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge and enjoy the exciting tales about the rich and intriguing city’s history from the 12th century to present day.  Afterwards, get your art fix at the Tretyakov Gallery, showcasing almost 130,000 exhibits of the Russian art from the astounding large-scale canvases of old masters such as Ilya Repin and Viktor Vasnetsov to priceless religious icons. Learn more about the founder of the museum – prominent Moscow merchant Pave...

  • Moscow: City, Metro & Tretjakov Art Gallery Tour with Lunch

    7. Moscow: City, Metro & Tretjakov Art Gallery Tour with Lunch

    Discover Moscow’s must-see sights such as Red Square, GUM, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s tomb, Alexander Gardens with its Grave of the Unknown Soldier, and the Bolshoi Theatre. Capture panoramic views from the rooftop observation deck of the city’s biggest toyshop. Listen to your guide’s stories about how princes, tsars, emperors, and communist leaders changed Moscow's landscape. At the same time, get a feeling for Moscow's current vibrant life. Take a 2-hour break for lunch at a cafe before heading to the metro. Learn how the Moscow metro stations are famous for their cultural value as much as their functionality. Spend 30-50 minutes touring the best stations of the Soviet period that were designed and built between 1934 and 1960. Compare different architectural styles and the beauty of the underground. Then, visit the State Tretjakov Art Gallery, one of the largest art galleries in ...

  • Moscow: 3-Day Guided City Walking Tour with Boat Trip

    8. Moscow: 3-Day Guided City Walking Tour with Boat Trip

    Join a 3-day guided excursion in Moscow to see the city's scenic locations, museums, and much more. Go back in time as you visit Soviet sites and learn about Moscow's history and rich culture. Begin your discovery of Moscow by walking around the city to see Red Square, GUM, St. Basil's Cathedral, and other popular tourist spots. Head over to the Kremlin and explore the buildings and towers that this fortress houses. Explore the stunning architecture in the historical complex and find out why it is inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. On the second day, visit Moscow's metro stations built during the Soviet era. Then, learn about the history of Russian cosmonautics and space science with a tour of the Museum of Cosmonautics. And as if a space museum is not impressive enough, proceed to Bunker-42, a once-secret military complex and bunker that will give you a glimpse into the Cold W...

  • Moscow: 2-Day City Tour, Kremlin, Tretyakov Gallery, Boat

    9. Moscow: 2-Day City Tour, Kremlin, Tretyakov Gallery, Boat

    The walking tour will introduce you to sights such as Red Square, GUM, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s tomb, Alexander garden with its Grave of the Unknown Soldier, and the Bolshoi Theatre. Atop the roof of a huge toy shop, you can ask your guide about tsars and communist dictators who shaped the city. After lunch, you'll discover the Kremlin Museum. The Kremlin itself is a feudal-style fortress surrounded by defense walls, moats, and loophole towers with secret passages and hidden drinking water wells. There are also venues for ballets and concerts, cathedrals, and a massive Tsar Canon and Tsar bell. Check out the Kremlin's park, and don't forget Russian President's helipad. Day 2: The Tretyakov Gallery is one of the largest art galleries in Russia and famous for mostly classical Russian art. Paul Tretyakov left his collection to the city when there was no more room for the paintings i...

  • Moscow: Metro & The State Tretyakov Art Gallery Tour

    10. Moscow: Metro & The State Tretyakov Art Gallery Tour

    Meet your guide at the Ploschad' Revolyutsii (Revolutionary Square) metro station. Embark on a short tour around some of Moscow's most beautifully designed metro stations, the majority of which were built between 1934 and 1960. Admire the various architectural styles and artwork that make these stations an integral part of Moscow's heritage.  After the metro tour, visit The State Tretyakov Art Gallery, which is one of the largest art galleries in Russia. Discover a large collection of classical Russian art ranging from classical works, sculpture, and graphic design. See masterpieces by Vasnetsov, Repin, Ivanov, Serov, and Brulov as well as pre-Mongolian icons. See the world-famous icon "Trinity" by A.Rublev in the main building of the gallery.

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What people are saying about Tretyakov Gallery

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 180 reviews

Natalia was our guide on this tour and she was excellent. Her knowledge of the content of the museum was impressive and her English language skills were excellent. She was very accommodating and couldn't have been more helpful. Even though the gallery is huge we did not feel rushed. Very reliable communication in the lead up to the tour and she went out of her way to help organise another tour for us the following day. Thank you Natalia you made the day memorable.

Magnificent visit!

The Gallery is worth a visit several times. A painting unknown to most of us. And the guide was great. He showed us the best, with perfect and adequate explanations, and with a lot of sense of humor. Thank you!

This tour was very interesting and is highly recommended for all art enthusiasts. You get a lot of information about the works of art, the history and the artists.

Wonderful guide!

Thanks for the outstanding guide. She was expert in both Russian history and Russian Art History. We could not possibly have had a better experience.

It was an interesting tour, the guide (Maria) was educated and had a nice way of explaining the Gallery