Museum Night in Moscow

Moscow museums have been participating in Museum Night since 2007. Museum Night is an opportunity not only to visit museums for free, but also to attend lectures, workshops, and concerts at museums. This year’s theme is ‘Masterpieces from the Vaults’.

Museum Night in Moscow


On Museum Night, there will be free admission at the Tretyakov Gallery, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the State Historical Museum, Manezh, Museum of Moscow, Artplay, GULAG Museum, and many others. Many of the museums have prepared special programmes for the event.

The full programme of Museum Night (in Moscow as well as other places in Russia) is available in Russian on the festival’s official website.

Museum of Moscow

The Museum of Moscow’s courtyard will be the main venue of the festival. It opens in the morning with a local food market. A symphony orchestra will play at Building 2 starting at 6pm, and DJs will play their sets from 7.30pm to 1am in the courtyard.

Address: 2 Zubovsky Builvar, Park Kultury metro. Free admission.

Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

As the museum opens its vaults, the staff will speak about works not available in the permanent exposition. Visitors will be able to see a medieval Indian sculpture of Vishnu, the painting ‘Flight into Egypt’ by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, and a Katsushika Hokusai’s engraving from the series ‘Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji’. Students of the Young Art Historian’s Club will conduct excursions around the main exposition (in Russian).

The entrance to the permanent exposition on the main building will be free, but to visit the popular exhibition ‘The age of Rembrandt and Vermeer. Masterpieces of the Leiden Collection’, you’ll have to buy a ticket. It will be open until 11 pm, though.

Address: 12 Volkhonka (how to get there). Opening hours on May 19: until 11 pm; entrance open until 10 pm. Free admission to the main building is available from 6 to 11 pm.

Tretyakov Gallery

The Tretyakov Gallery building on Lavrushinsky Pereulok (Tretyakovskaya metro) will be open with free admission from 6pm to 11.30pm. Live classical and jazz music will play near the main entrance from 6 to 8.30pm.

Address: 10 Lavrushinsky Pereulok (how to get there).

New Tretyakov

The theme of the Museum Night at the New Tretyakov is the art of the 2000s. An art exhibition dedicated to this period will be open for free, and a disco featuring music from the 2000s will be organized in the courtyard (8-10pm). Admission is free from 6pm to 10pm. The only exception is the popular Vasily Vereshchagin exhibition, for which you’ll still need to buy a ticket.

Address: 10 Krymsky Val (how to get there).

Moscow Museum of Modern Art

MMOMA offers a varied programme, including contemporary Russian artist’s works, concerts and a food court, from 6pm till midnight.

Address: 25 Petrovka Ulitsa; 10 Gogolevsky Bulvar (how to get there).

Institute of Russian Realist Art

On Museum Night, IRRI is opening a big exhibition ‘Windows to Russia. Masterpieces of Seven Generations’. Last year, it traveled across Russia, from west to east, from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok, and now the highly anticipated exposition is coming to Moscow. It includes major works by some of Russia’s most renowned 20th-century realistic artists, including Igor Grabar, Sergey Gerasimov, Alexander Deineka, and Yury Pimenov. On the opening day, admission will be free.

Address: 7 Derbenevskaya Naberezhnaya, Building 31 (how to get there).