Most-Visited Museums of Moscow and St. Petersburg Named

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The Art Newspaper Russia has compiled a list of most-visited art museums of Moscow and St. Petersburg in 2016, according to a press release received by the on Tuesday.

The rating is based on quantitative indicators, as well as on other factors affecting the potential attractiveness of museums, including their locations, ticket prices and free entry options.

The list did not show significant changes in comparison to 2015, but the total number of visitors surged last year. The “three pillars” of Russian cultural heritage, the St. Petersburg State Hermitage, the Russian Museum and the Moscow Tretyakov Gallery, welcomed a record four, two and 2 million spectators last year, respectively.

“Byzantium Through the Ages” became the most-attended exhibition in both St. Petersburg and Moscow, attracting more than 1,4 million visitors within 87 days.

The Hermitage, the Museums of Moscow Kremlin and the Tretyakov Gallery also took ninth, 21st and 23rd positions in the list of world’s most popular art museums, according to the British edition of The Art Newpaper.

On May 31, one of the most prominent Moscow museums, the Pushikin State Museum of Fine Art, will offer free admission to all comers in honour of its 105th anniversary.

Last month it was reported that MasterCard presented the PassCity tourist card that allows visiting museums, galleries and exhibitions in Moscow and St. Petersburg.