One of the main tourism programs in Russia tour is getting acquainted with Russia's culture, tradition, history, and art. Many tourists on Russia tour also travel to this country to get acquainted with these matters and visit different tourist destinations. Although Moscow, as the capital of Russia, is an excellent place to get acquainted with Russian culture and history, St. Petersburg, as the cultural capital of Russia, is at the top of the tourist list, and many cultural and historical tours are held in this beautiful and historic city. Known as the capital of the great Russian empire for nearly two centuries, St. Petersburg has witnessed the development of Russian culture and art over the years and has always been at the center of these changes and developments. Today, St. Petersburg is known as one of the most important cultural tourism destinations on the Russia tour, with museums of art, culture, history, sights, theaters and Russian ballet, and many other cultural and Russian-related items. One of the best ways to get acquainted with the culture and tradition is to visit the cultural museums of the tourist destination country. Suppose you are also interested in learning about Russian culture and people's way of life all over Russia. In that case, the Russian Museum of Ethnography is one of the best places to visit in St. Petersburg on the Russia tour.
If the British Empire was able to bring together many countries from all over the world, the great Russian Empire was able to unite a vast territory from the Baltic Sea in the west and to the Pacific Ocean in the east from the beginning of the eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. The Russian Empire, one of the largest empires in the world, was made up of many different nationalities, cultures, traditions, and minorities, and with many differences. One of the attractions of traveling to Russia is knowing these differences and how other ethnic groups coexist in this vast and powerful country. The Russian Museum of Ethnography is perhaps the best place to get acquainted with the different lifestyles, traditions, and cultures of other ethnic groups in the Russian Empire. Do not forget that the Russian Empire, in addition to modern Russia, included Ukraine, Belarus, Siberia, Central Asia, and the various tribes of the Caucasus region. The culture of each of these regions differed significantly from each other. That is one of the reasons why tourists visit the Russian Museum of Ethnography during their tour to St. Petersburg.
The Russian Museum of Ethnography was established in 1902 as the department of ethnography of the State Russian Museum. The Russian State Museum, established less than a decade earlier by order of Emperor Nicholas II to preserve and display works by Russian artists, soon expanded to include the Russian Museum of Ethnography, then known as the Ethnography Department of Emperor Alexander III Russian Museum. The purpose of establishing this museum was to show the life of all the people of the Russian Empire, the way of life of those people, and the neighbors of the Russian Empire. This beautiful and informative museum is located in one of the most important cultural centers of St. Petersburg, Arts Square, next to the headquarter of the State Russian Museum. Arts Square is one of the cultural centers that no tourist should miss the opportunity to visit during their tour to Russia, especially if you want to get acquainted with Russian culture, art, and history, the Russian State Museum, Russian Museum of Ethnography, Mikhailovsky Theater and several other cultural centers are ready to teach and show the Russian culture to their visitors. Visitors to the Russian Museum of Ethnography will learn about how Russian people all over the Russian Empire had lived their lives, worked, and got their skills; they will also learn about how those people arranged their houses with which equipment, their traditions, and in general, the way of the Russian's life.
The collection that tourists on St. Petersburg tour see while visiting the Russian Museum of Ethnography includes cultural objects related to the people of Russia, the people of northwestern Russia and the Baltic countries, a collection related to the people of Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova, and cultural objects related to Jewish Ashkenazi culture, antiquities related to the people of the Volga and Ural regions, nearly 25,000 cultural and artistic works related to the people of Crimea and the Caucasus regions, a collection of cultural objects and artifacts from Central Asia, East Asia, Japan, China, Korea, and some cultural monuments that are associated with Eastern Europe and Southeastern Europe, each of which forms a different part of the Russian Museum of Ethnography. Besides those interesting collections, you should also add a collection of 180,000 rare and interesting photographs and negatives, a unique and valuable scientific library, a collection of 16,000 visual artworks including painting, photography, engraving, printing, watercolor painting, and traditional clothing, as well as 13,000 manuscripts and hand-written books. Now you can get a clear image of what you may find among the 500 thousand exhibits of the Russian Museum of Ethnography collection. Of course, not all exhibits in this extensive collection are currently available in the relatively small museum. Only a significant portion of each section of the museum is on public display, and the rest are in the museum archives for special occasions and temporary exhibitions. Nevertheless, visiting the Russian Museum of Ethnography is one of the tourism programs that no tourist should miss the opportunity to use, especially when it comes to interest in Russian culture and history.
Tourists on tour to Russia should keep in mind that the Russian Museum of Ethnography is not the only museum related to anthropology and ethnography in St. Petersburg. The first museum in Russia and St. Petersburg, the Kunstkamera Museum, is now known as the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, which tourists should not confuse with the Russian Museum of Ethnography. Although there are similar exhibits in the two museums' collections, the two museums operate separately. Each has a unique and different collection, which for those interested in Russian culture and history, visiting both can have their particular charm. By visiting our blog on the Star Travel Group website, you can learn more about Russian culture and history, in addition to the Kunstkamera Museum, the first museum of Russian history established by Peter the Great.