Although overshadowed by the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, it’s worth a visit to Moscow’s art museums. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts has a large collection of Western Art, including key works by the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. For a look at the work of Russian artists, go to the State Tretyakov Gallery, which contains a large collection of classical and contemporary art. The modern art gallery’s grounds also host an interesting collection of outdoor Socialist Realism sculpture.
The Kremlin Museums include:
The Annunciation Cathedral --home church of Moscow Great Princes and Tsars; monumental Ivan the Terrible era painting; ancient icons include works by Theofan the Greek and Andrei Rublev.
The Archangel's Cathedral --dynastic necropolis of princes and tsars. Ivan Kalita, Dmitriy Donskoi, Ivan III, Ivan the Terrible, tsarevich Dmitriy, Mikhail and Alexey Romanov buried here. Leaders' portraits; image of "Archangel Michael with glorious works," from Battle of Kulikovo Field times.
The Armory --a treasure-house of ancient Russian regalia, ceremonial tsar's dress, church vestments, gold and silverware, arms and armouries, royal carriages and ceremonial harnesses.
The Assumption Cathedral --for centuries the main Russian State cathedral where princes, tsars, emperors and church leaders were crowned, ordained, and buried. Monumental paintings, a large collection of Russian icons, Ivan the Terrible's praying-seat and necropolis.
The Church of Laying Our Lady's Holy Robe --icons and wall-paintings in a small church, magnificent architectural, Russian wooden sculptures exhibit.
The Ivan-the-Great Bell-Tower, Assumption Belfry, and Filaret's Annex --for centuries the architectural cradle of the city, future museum and devoted to the history of Kremlin architecture.
The Patriarch's Palace --architecture of Patriarch Nikon's times, includes the Cross Chamber, the Front Anteroom, the refectory and Twelve Apostles' Church. Historic, cultural, XVII century personal items of patriarchs, precious tablewares, pocket-watches and clocks, ecclesiastical embroidery and interiors, manuscripts and printed books; icons painted by isografs of the tsar.