this is a museum with most representative collection of foreign art in Russia. Today it comprises over 700 thousand different items of different centuries starting from Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece and ending with the beginning of the XXI century. The assemblage of XIX-XX century French art is most exceptional in the museum and one of the most distinguished ones in the world.
Construction of the building for the museum stated on the 17th (29th N.S.) August, 1898, when a ceremony of foundation laying took place.
At the beginning of 2016 the Museum comprised over 683 thousands of exhibits.
The museum is annually visited by almost a million people.