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State Russian Museum Opens Virtual Branch in Beijing

A virtual branch of the State Russian Museum will open in Beijing, during the the Chinese visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, at the Russian Cultural Center

Chinese visitors will be able to use multimedia programs to make a virtual tour of the the State Russian Museum at Mikhailovsky Palace, viewing, the museum’s paintings and sculptures, as well as of the Summer Garden and other attractions of St. Petersburg.

“This is the 80th virtual branch of the State Russian Museum. Most of them are operating in Russia. This is the first virtual branch of our museum opened in such a big country as China,” Gusev told Itar-Tass. “The project is successful, much thanks to the federal agency. The interaction with the federal agency enlarges the museum attendance by tens and hundreds of thousands of people.”

“China has a very large interest in Russian art, and we have agreed to exchange exhibitions,” Gusev added.

The Russian Museum was the first state museum of Russian fine arts. It was founded in St. Petersburg in 1895 by decree of Emperor Nicolas II.

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