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Orenburg Regional Museum of Fine Arts


Orenburg Oblast
Kashirina lane, 29, Orenburg, Orenburg region
Phones: +7 (3532) 77-64-83
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See paintings, icons, sculptures and graphics of great artists from Orenburg and other cities of Russia, as well as a collection of famous Orenburg down shawls.


The Museum's collection includes graphics, paintings, sculptures, decorative and applied arts. The total number of exhibits is more than ten thousand.
Russian art of the century before last is reflected very widely, visitors can get acquainted with a variety of genres, but most of the works are landscapes. These are paintings by artists Aivazovsky, Lagorio, Polenov, Makovsky, Savrasov, etc..
Since the main task of the Museum is to show Russian culture on the example of the work of artists of their native land, the main place in the collection of paintings is occupied by works of Orenburg painters, as well as exhibits that are somehow connected with local history and culture. For example, the Museum has an interesting collection of naive paintings by artists of Orenburg Region. One of them, Sergey Stepanov, is even included in the world encyclopedia of naive art.
The Museum also presents almost all the arts and crafts of the Ural region. Among them is a unique collection of world-famous Orenburg down shawls-shawls and openwork cobwebs. In the Central exhibition hall, which was transferred to the Museum in 2012, a separate gallery "Orenburg down scarf" was opened.


The Orenburg Museum of fine arts is the only art Museum in the region, as well as one of the most important local cultural centers. It was founded in 1960 and opened in 1961. The Museum is located in a building of the XIX century, which was originally built for The city Council.
At the time of opening, the basis of the Museum's collection was a collection of paintings by academician of painting, a bright representative of the "late Peredvizhnichestvo" direction Lukian Popov, who lived and worked in Orenburg at the turn of the XIX–XX centuries.
Now visitors can see here works of iconography, ancient, Russian, Soviet and Western European art. These are paintings created in different periods-from the XVII century to the present day.

Interesting Facts

The Museum constantly hosts exhibitions, exhibits a wide variety of collections. The staff provides visitors with guided tours of both the Museum's permanent exhibition and its temporary exhibitions.
Educational programs have been prepared for the guests of the Museum. One of them is "Reading a picture with children". The program is based on the principle of "do as I do": the guide clearly shows and tells how to describe the picture, and then the children themselves try to describe the picture in a playful way – already another one. Children work in teams, coming up with questions for each other, performing logical tasks and guessing riddles about the objects depicted by the artist on the canvas.
For those who can not visit the Museum in person, the site has created virtual tours of the Museum and separately on the exhibition "Orenburg down scarf".