Located in the south of the Mediterranean coast, Malaga is known to be one of the most acclaimed tourist destinations. The charm of its historic centre, its gastronomy, its history and its incredible beaches with a coastline of 160 kilometres, make this city a tourist attraction.
But if you want to know more about the city and live a different experience, you should know that Malaga, under the motto City of Museums, is one of the cities with more museums in its historic centre, being a cultural reference not only in Andalusia, but throughout Spain and is on its way to open a gap in the European panorama.
Specifically, we can find 40 authentic museums, among them the Museum of Russian Art which will introduce you to another reality full of a magnificent and different culture and extensive history.
In this article you will find all the relevant information for your visit to the museum.
History of the Museum of Russian Art in Malaga
The Russian Art Museum was inaugurated in 1895 by the last Tsar Nicholas II. It is the seat of the State Russian Museum of St. Petersburg, and has the largest collection of Russian art in the world, with 400,000 works showing every period, landscapes, everyday life, medieval paintings and folk costumes among others.
The building in which the collection is housed is the Royal Tobacco Factory, a regionalist-style building constructed in the 1920s. It also houses long-term exhibitions, renewed every year, and a programme of temporary exhibitions that traces the complex and fascinating history of Russian art. Likewise, the establishment of this museum in Malaga creates a link between the two countries through culture.
In addition to its excellent exhibition rooms, the museum has an auditorium, three screening rooms, children’s workshops, a reading room with reference books, a virtual museum, a cafeteria and a shop.
The Museum Collection
During a visit to the museum you can enjoy a permanent exhibition and temporary exhibitions that are renewed from time to time.
In the annual exhibition, valuable works of art are on display, which are a window into the culture, tradition and history of Russia, as well as the consequences of epidemics and crop failures that have also characterised the Russian community.
In the forthcoming temporary exhibitions such as “War and Peace in Russian Art“, which consists of 183 works showing important events such as the battles of Moscow and Stalingrad, the defence of Sevastopol and the siege of Leningrad, the capture of Königsberg and Berlin, among others. This exhibition can be enjoyed from 30 April this year until 29 May next year.
Another forthcoming exhibition will be “Ivan Aivazovsky and the Russian Marinites of the 19th and 20th centuries“. This was a prolific artist, with more than six thousand works produced and a style of his own that marked the beginning of this genre in Russia. This exhibition proposes a journey through the different representations of water, the sea and the ocean, either as a representation of calm or anger, as a landscape, religious inspiration or the scene of battles, through 39 artistic pieces, 26 of which are the work of Aivazovsky.
And finally, the next temporary exhibition, which will run from 30 April to 12 October of the same year, will be “Lev Tolstoy. The Path of Life“, made up of 39 pieces from the collections of the State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg. The exhibition includes portraits painted during his lifetime by contemporary masters, paintings, graphics, sculptures and book illustrations by Dementii Shmárinov.
The normal visiting hours of the Museum of Russian Art are from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 in the morning until 20:00 in the evening, so we will have a wide range of hours to visit the museum.
We must take into account the closing days of the museum. These days of closure are Mondays of each week, as a day of rest, and the 25th of December and 1st of January.
In addition, due to the renovations of the exhibitions, the museum will also remain closed from 6th April to 29th April, except on Tuesday 6th and 20th, Wednesday 7th and 21st, and Thursday 8th and 22nd April from 16:30 to 19:00.
As for the extraordinary openings, during Christmas the centre offers reduced opening hours on 24 and 31 December, when visitors can enjoy the collections from 9.30 am to 3 pm, with the last time the public can enter at 2.30 pm.
If you would like to visit both the permanent exhibition and the temporary exhibitions, the entrance fee is 8 euros. To visit only and exclusively the permanent exhibition, the price will be 6 euros. In this case, for the temporary exhibitions, it will be 4 euros.
Reduced admission for the over 65s, students up to 26 years of age, participants in congress activities organised by the University and large families, the price will be 4 euros for the combined visit, 3 euros for the permanent exhibition and 2.50 euros for the temporary exhibition.
The visit will be free for people officially unemployed, under 18 years of age, holders of the euro youth card, disabled people with accreditation, university professors of Art History and Fine Arts, university students of Art History and Fine Arts, museum employees and members of ICOM and finally for tourist guides with official accreditation.
Admission will also be free on Sundays from 4 p.m. until closing time.
How to get to the Museum of Russian Art in Malaga
To enjoy this marvellous collection we must go to Avenida Sor Teresa Prat at number 15, specifically in the Tabaquera building, with a postcode of 29003.
If we want to get there by public transport we can take the following bus lines: 3, 7, 15 and 40 of the EMT.
We can also get there by metro at the Princesa-Huelin stop.
Curiosities about the Museum of Russian Art in Malaga
- Although we all know it as the Russian Art Museum of Malaga, its official name is the Collection of the Russian Museum of St. Petersburg Malaga.
- Another curiosity is the annual renovation of the wall, next to the escalators, which gives access to its collections. The artistic renovation is part of an artistic initiative within the MaF (Malaga Festival).
- In addition, the Museum of Russian Art in Malaga has more than 100,000 visitors a year.
- It is the largest museum of Russian plastic arts in the world.
- Likewise, the State Russian Museum has been considered an object of Russia’s cultural heritage of special value by decree of the President of the Russian Federation.