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Russian Folk Art


The 8-minute documentary video opens with tolling bells and snow falling on Sergiev Posad Monastery near Moscow. The town of Sergiev Posad has Russia's pre-eminent Toy Museum and a Museum of Folk Art. Objects from these collections are featured, along with those from Abramtsevo Museum-Estate, Moscow's State Historical Museum and State Tretyakov Gallery, as well as the Russian Museum of Ethnography in St. Petersburg. The narrator is Dr. Alison Hilton, Chair of the Department of Art, Music and Theater at Georgetown University.

Dr. Hilton's book Russian Folk Art (Indiana University Press) is the definitive study of the subject in the English language. For more about the book, click on

A compact disk of the Russian Folk Art web site is available for use in schools. Contact or

The World of Russian Folk Art:

Our friends and partners:
  • State Historical Museum, Moscow
  • State Historical Art Museum-Reserve, Sergiev Posad
  • Abramtsevo State History, Art and Literature Museum-Reserve
  • State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
  • Russian Museum of Ethnography, St.Petersburg
  • Art Pedagogical Museum of Toys Russian Academy of Education, Sergiev Posad
  • Atelier-Film-Alexander, St. Petersburg
  • Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  • Global Village Communications, Alexandria, VA

    Coming events:

    Russian Folk Art, an educational program for St. Petersburg schools and orphanages. A new film will be made to demonstrate song, dance, craft projects and art objects typical of Russian Folk Art of the northwest region.

    For details of the project visit