Museum of Decorative & Folk Art
Obraztsov Puppet Theatre & Museum
The country’s largest puppet theatre performs colourful Russian folk tales and adapted classical plays. Kids can get up close and...
The affable (and chatty) owners of this place travel the world and experiment with the menu a lot, turning burgers, pizzas and pasta...
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Museum of Decorative & Folk Art information
Just beyond the Garden Ring, this museum showcases centuries-old arts-and-crafts traditions from around Russia and the former Soviet republics. Of the 40,000 pieces in the collection, you might see painted khokhloma woodwork from Nizhny Novgorod, including wooden toys and matryoshka dolls; baskets and other household items made from birch bark, a traditional Siberian technique; intricate embroidery and lacework from the north, as well as the ubiquitous Pavlov scarves; and playful Dymkovo pottery and Gzhel porcelain.
Look also for the so-called ‘propaganda porcelain’ – fine china decorated with revolutionary themes. The museum is known for its impressive collection of palekh – black lacquer boxes and trays painted with detailed scenes from Russian fairy tales. The collection fills two rooms. It features, among others, pieces by Ivan Golikov and Ivan Markichev, often considered the originators of the palekh style.