If you only visit one museum whilst visiting Russia, The Russian Museum is probably the best one to choose. This beautiful museum is housed in a number of historical buildings and dedicated to Russian fine art over the ages. This means you can combine history, art and architecture in one short visit. The state museum was established in 1895 in St Petersburg and was opened to visitors three years later. It currently contains a collection of approximately 400 000 exhibits and is a stunning tribute to Russian art.