Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum is one of the oldest regional museums in Russia. Initiative of its foundation belongs to two artists who laid the foundation of the meeting – the Academy of Arts Professor Nikolai Andreyevich Koshelev (1840 – 1918) and historical painter Andrei
Andreyevich Karelin (1866 – 1928), the son of famous photographers A. O. Karelin. The formal decision on the establishment of the museum was made by the City Council July 14, 1894.
During his organization the city authorities decided to join the newly created art museum already existed historically, the so-called "Petrovsky domik".
Inauguration of the new museum in the tower of the Kremlin Demetrius, which was held in Nizhny Novgorod, the All – Russian Exhibition of Art and Industry, held on June 25 (Julian calendar). 1896. United Museum called "Nizhny Novgorod City Art and History Museum."
In subsequent years, it has changed more than once in connection with various reorganizations, in 1934 the museum was officially separation into two independent institutions.
Before the Revolution Museum replenished by the Academy of Arts grants and private donations. Basis of the original collection made canvases donated A. P. Bogolyubov, I. E. Repin, A. A. Karelinym, N. A. Koshelevym, K. E. Makovsky, A. P. Ryabushkinym and other well – known painters.
Significant role in the acquisition played Maxim Gorky, whereby the collection includes paintings of B. M. Kustodieva, Nicholas Roerich, M. V. Nesterov, etc. After 1917, the sources of income became nationalized noble assemblies, the State Museum Fund and other organizations . A large number of works were acquired through collecting activities of the museum staff.
The museum occupies two historic buildings located in the city center and is a monument of architecture and urban planning of federal importance:
– a former governor's palace (Kremlin, building 3, built in 1837 – 1841 by architect I.I.Sharlemanya);
– house of the former mayor, merchant D. V. Sirotkina (Upper Volga embankment, 3, built in 1913 – 1916 by architects brothers L. A., V. A. and A. A. Vesninyh).
Mon – Wed – Fri – Sat – Sun: 11.00 – 18.00
Closed on Tuesday
Friends, we draw your attention to the fact that the time and days of the Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum are subject to change, so we recommend call before visiting recommend +7 (831) 419 – 68 – 90.