The State Museum of Oriental Art

The State Museum of Oriental Art
This is a serious collection of artifacts, which had never been under the same roof before 1918. On display and in its cellars, the museum boasts some 150,000 art objects from a hundred countries of Central Asia, the Caucasus and Transсaucasia, Middle East and Far East. The Museum of Oriental Art does more than merely showcase Oriental cultures and history: a Research Institute with three dozen researchers is attached to it. If you are about to visit the Museum, it is a good idea to decide what you want to see. The exposition is split between countries and epochs to make navigation easier amid the plethora of artifacts. Each room has its own treasures: silks and painted partitions in the Chinese Room, dolls and puppets, including the famous two-dimensional theatrical puppets, in the Indonesian Room, house replicas in the Japanese Room, but you will find silks, gold-plating, swords and daggers almost everywhere. The museum offers well-organized lectures and applied lessons for children. This is a good place for the whole family to visit. When the kids are tired, send them to an origami class while you check out samurai armour.