The Museum includes more than 500 Russian icons, the largest collection of its kind in North America, and one of the largest private collections outside Russia. The collection spans six centuries, including important historical paintings dating from the earliest periods of icon “writing” to the present.
Approximately 250 or more icons from the permanent collection will be on view throughout the Museum's three floors of gallery space. There are also specialty rotating exhibitions on view in the new West Gallery of the Museum. The Museum now has "The Russian Tea Room", cafe with Russian inspired foods.
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