The Tula Museum of Fine Arts was opened in 1919. The Museum was created on the basis of the Chamber of Antiquities formed in 1884 at the Tula Diocese as well as the works taken in 1918 from the art collections of the nobility of Tula province, mainly from the Olsufievs, the Bobrinskys, the Gagarins, the Urusovs’ estates. From the very beginning to the present day the collection is constantly growing. The exhibits come from Ministry of Culture and the Union of Artists of Russia, from artists’ studios and private collections. A large number of works has been donated to the museum as a gift.
Since 1964 the museum collection has been displayed in a building, meeting museum requirements, erected by Tula architect P.M.Zaitsev’s project.
Nowadays, the Tula Museum of Fine Arts is one of the biggest museums of Russian Federation. Its collection constitutes about 23 000 works of painting, graphics, sculpture, decorative and folk art.
A gem of the museum are the paintings of prominent Russian artists of the 16th-20th centuries such as A. Antropov, V. Borovikovsky, V. Tropinin, I. Aivazovsky, I. Shishkin, V. Surikov, V. Polenov, B. Kustodiev, V. Serov, K. Korovin; the avant-garde artists of 1910s - 1930s such as P. Konchalovsky, A. Kuprin, V. Rozhdestvensky, V. Kandinsky, K. Malevich, D. Shterenberg; and works of many masters of the subsequent decades including those of Tula artists.
The collection of Western European art of the 16th-19th centuries has great artistic significance.These are works of famous masters of Italy (Leandro Bassano, Orazio Sammakkini, Luca Giordano, Domenico Fetti), Holland (Claes Molenaer, Philips Wouwerman, Jan Vonck, Govaert Flinck, Jan Geisum), Flanders (Daniel Seghers, Frans Snyders, David Teniers Junior), France (Claude Vernet, Estashe Le Sueure, Hubert Robert).
The permanent exhibition shows sculptures of Russian and European masters together with beautiful examples of glass and china made by leading Russian and European factories.
Along with a wide range of exhibitions, the museum conducts research work and various forms of educational activities for adults and children.
The collection of Tula museum is well known not only in Russia but also abroad. Many works were on display at exhibitions in the United States, Sweden, Germany, France and Spain.
Today the Tula Museum of Fine Arts is the head of a museum association which includes the following branches: "The Exhibition Hall", "The Museum of P.N. Krylov", "The Tula Kremlin", "The Spasskoje Museum" .
The museum has a research library, a children’s educational centre, a museum shop.
Opening hours: daily 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Museum is closed on Mondays and on national holidays - January 1,2,7, February 23, March 8, May 1,9, June 12, November 4.
Last Tuesday of each month is a clean-up day.