Museums and Galleries Tour, Yekaterinburg (Self Guided)

Yekaterinburg, the capital of the Urals, is home to numerous museums that focus on a variety of subjects, including folk art, natural history, photography, military history and more. This walking tour will guide you to the most notable museums in the city where you will learn why Yekaterinburg is known as the cultural center of the Urals.
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Museums and Galleries Tour Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries Tour
Guide Location: Russia » Yekaterinburg (See other walking tours in Yekaterinburg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Author: damon
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Yekaterinburg Fine Arts Museum

1) Yekaterinburg Fine Arts Museum (must see)

The Sverdlovsk Art Gallery was founded in 1936 and was later renamed the Sverdlovsk Fine Arts Museum. In 1992, when the city returned to its historic name, it was renamed the Yekaterinburg Fine Arts Museum. The Ural Society of Naturalists provided the core of the museum's collection, and items were later added from the State Hermitage, the Tretyakov Gallery and the Pushkin Museum. The museum is known for its unique collection of Kashlinski art moldings and the world famous Kashlinski Iron-cast Pavilion, which received the Grand Prix award at the Paris Expo in 1900. Over the years the museum has grown into a major cultural center in Yekaterinburg.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 11 am - 8 pm; Friday - Sunday: 11 am - 7 pm.
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Natural History Museum

2) Natural History Museum (must see)

The Natural History Museum has approximately 60,000 items in its collection. The most famous pieces in the paleontology collection are the skeleton of a giant deer (found in 1886 in the Kamyshlovskoye district), the skeleton of a mammoth (found in 1897 in the Talitskii region) and the fossil of a Helicoprion shark's spiral tooth (found in 1900 in the Krasnoufimsk district). The museum's displays include dioramas made by Saratov artists. In May 2008, the museum added a new section that features unusual paintings by Franz Frantsevich Schillinger, a native of Austria.

Operation hours: Wednesday - Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm
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Gamayun

3) Gamayun

Gamayun, Yekaterinburg's Museum of Folk Art, was founded on March 25, 1994. The museum features a selection of pieces made by amateur artists, whose work is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. Many of the pieces on display are made from wood or ceramic, and every piece reflects the unique perspective of its Russian creator.

Operation hours: Tuesday,Thursday-Friday 10 am- 6 pm; Wednesday 10 am- 8 pm; Saturday 10 am- 5 pm.
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Ural-Poster

4) Ural-Poster

Ural-Poster opened in 1997 and features the work of Yekaterinburg artists. Many of the pieces in the gallery were created by established artists. Here you can find paintings from the poetic realism period of the late 19th and the early 20th centuries, as well as work from the Soviet period. Although a commercial enterprise, the gallery also serves as a significant cultural center for the community. Here you can express your ideas and listen to the opinions of famous artists, as well as purchase some fine art to take home.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 8 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
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State Stone Cutting and Jewelers Art History Museum

5) State Stone Cutting and Jewelers Art History Museum (must see)

The State Stone Cutting and Jewelers Art History Museum was founded in 1992. It is located in the city center on the former site of the Mining Drugstore, which is now preserved elsewhere as an important example of national architecture. The museum was designed by renowned Ural architect Michel Malakhov in 1821. The incredible mineralogical riches of the Urals have attracted the attention of local stone cutters for centuries. The earliest stone cutting tools in the museum date back to the 18th century. Multiple halls showcase the modern art of stone cutting, which continues to preserve the traditions of the past.

Operation hours: Wednesday - Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm; Thursday: 12 pm - 6 pm.
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Yekaterinburg History Museum

6) Yekaterinburg History Museum (must see)

The Yekaterinburg History Museum was founded in 1992 through the reorganization of the House of Sverdlov, which has been around since 1940. The museum is located in a structure that was built in 1820 by Postmaster G. Layvashevsky. In 1837 an additional wing was added by mining engineer A. G. Kachka. Over the years it has served as a hotel, a nobleman's mansion and an apartment house. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the building housed the famous private library of S. A. Tichotsky. From 2004 to 2005, the building was renovated and greatly expanded. In an interactive exhibit at the museum, you can stroll through the streets of old Yekaterinburg, view the city from outer space, and descend underground to discover the wealth of mineral resources hidden there.

Operation hours: Monday -Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm; Friday: 10 am -8 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm.
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Metenkov's House

7) Metenkov's House (must see)

Metenkov's House is the former home of photographer Benjamin Leont'evich Metenkov, which was transformed into a museum in 1998. This beautiful, historic mansion now hosts a variety of exhibitions that focus on the work of Russian photographers. The house is managed by the History Museum of Yekaterinburg.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 12 pm - 8 pm.
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United Museum of Ural Writers

8) United Museum of Ural Writers

The United Museum of Ural Writers is one of the largest literary museums in Russia. It opened in 1980, and in 1993 the museum acquired the status of municipal cultural institution. The main function of the museum is the collection, preservation and study of literature related to the Urals. In 2005 the museum began to publish its own periodical named the “Literary Quarter”, which now appears in magazine format.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 8 pm; Saturday, Sunday: 10 am -7 pm.
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Military History Museum

9) Military History Museum

The Military History Museum was founded in 1959 in the heart of Yekaterinburg. Originally, it was a civic museum run by the Officer's House. Today the museum's exhibits depict the tragedy and heroism of the Great Patriotic War period (1941 – 1945). Their main theme is the contribution of the Ural region to victory in the war. The most notable piece at the museum is a copy of the sculpture dedicated to the soldiers of the Ural 10th Guard, the Lviv voluntary tank corps. A new exhibit that showcases part of a military commander's room is particularly interesting. Another notable exhibit, which attracts tourists, locals and foreign delegations visiting the city, is a relic of the Cold War era, an American spy plane. This Lockheed U-2, piloted by the American Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by the Soviet Union military on May 1, 1960.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm.
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B.U. Kashkin Museum

10) B.U. Kashkin Museum

The B. U. Kashkin Museum opened on December 19, 2008, and is located on the ground floor of Ural State University. It was built through the joint efforts of students, staff and faculty members in order to promote cultural and artistic projects, as well as interdisciplinary research. The museum's collection includes rare artifacts and archival material related to B. U. Kashkin, a creative eccentric from Siberia.

Operation hours: Wednesday: 12 pm - 6 pm. Other days only by appointment
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Yekaterinburg Gallery of Modern Art

11) Yekaterinburg Gallery of Modern Art

The Yekaterinburg Gallery of Modern Art is a unique museum and exhibition complex located in the historic center of Yekaterinburg. The gallery was established in 2003 with the purpose of preserving some of the best work by Urals artists. To date, the collection boasts over 850 paintings, drawings and sculptures. Its pieces chart the evolution of the Urals school of art from the 19th century until today. The permanent exhibition galleries are updated on a regular basis. Since opening in November 2004, the gallery has organized and curated over 70 exhibitions of work by Russian and international artists working in a variety of media.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 11 am - 8 pm
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Exhibition Hall of Ekaterinburg Creative Union of Artists

12) Exhibition Hall of Ekaterinburg Creative Union of Artists

The Exhibition Hall of Ekaterinburg Creative Union of Artists was founded on December 12, 1999, by internationally-known artists Misha Brusilovsky, Vitaly Volovich and Andrew Volovich. Soon after opening, the first exhibition was held featuring avant-garde classics by local artists. Almost all the pieces on display have been created by established artists, although occasionally art students are asked to exhibit some of their work. Typically, the exhibits are updated once a month.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm

Walking Tours in Yekaterinburg, Russia

Create Your Own Walk in Yekaterinburg

Create Your Own Walk in Yekaterinburg

Creating your own self-guided walk in Yekaterinburg is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Yekaterinburg is the fourth largest city in the Russian Federation based on population and is a major center of industrial and cultural life in the Urals. Situated near the center of the Eurasian continent, on the border between Europe and Asia, the city is home to many spectacular sights, which you will see on this tour. Don't miss the chance to visit Yekaterinburg and enjoy an unforgettable...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Yekaterinburg Places of Worship Tour

Yekaterinburg Places of Worship Tour

Yekaterinburg is a beautiful city with a rich religious history. Many churches managed to survive the wrath of the Soviet Union's anti-religious campaigns, and some have been renovated so they are more splendid than ever before. Take this tour to discover the striking architectural beauty of Yekaterinburg's churches and cathedrals.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Yekaterinburg Cultural Tour

Yekaterinburg Cultural Tour

Yekaterinburg is one of the largest centers of cultural life in Russia, after only Moscow and St. Petersburg. The city is home to many theaters, cinemas, libraries and concert halls. This tour will guide you to the finest cultural venues in Yekaterinburg and will teach you about the cultural heritage of the Urals.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Yekaterinburg for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Yekaterinburg has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Yekaterinburg, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.