Ancient Russian art
Historical museum possesses a unique collection of ancient Russian art, which has more than five thousand monuments and continues to replenish. It is one of the largest gathering of icon painting in Russia. All major iconographic centers of Russia such as Novgorod, Pskov, Moscow, Russian North are represented by first-class artifacts of the XIV-XVI cent. Unique in its composition and artistic level is the icon collection of the 17th - early 20th centuries. The museum also has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine iconography (XIII-XIX centuries) in Russia. A large number of works from the collection of the department have been published in exhibition catalogs.