The Tretyakov Gallery houses some of the great masterpieces of traditional Russian art from before the Revolution and has the world's finest collection of Russian icons from the 11th to the 17th centuries. The gallery's collection of paintings, graphics and sculptures covers Russian art from the 18th to the 20th century. The gallery was named after its founder, Pavel Tretyakov, an art collector who donated about 2,000 works of art from his private collection to the city of Moscow, forming the basis of the collection to which state acquisitions were later added. He also donated his own house, which became the original site of the art gallery. Two separate buildings at different locations house the works selected for display.
Address: 10, Lavrushinsky Lane
Telephone: (095) 951 1362, 238 1378, 230 9766; recorded message: 230 7788
Transport: Tretyakovskaya or Novokuznetskaya metro stop to Lavrushensky Pereulok, or metro to Park Kultury
Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 10.30am to 7.30pm; last admission 6.30pm
Admission: RUB 300 adults; RUB 180 students