Museum of Russian Culture


With Russia being closer to the western coast of the United States, it is no surprise that Russians made their way to San Francisco, California. They first made their way to Alaska, which is just miles from Russia. They then spread south into places like California. Most of the Russian culture formed in 1917 to 1922, due to the Civil War in Russia.

The Museum of Russian Culture in San Francisco details this five year period when Russians sought peace and safety in the United States. The museum has an extensive archive and exhibition hall. The museum opened in 1948 at the Russian Center and became a separate entity in 1953. The museum aims to promote Russian culture and materials that have had an influence on American culture. They also work to safeguard historical materials, data, and other items for the purpose of preservation.

The museum is open 10:30am to 2:30pm Wednesdays and Saturdays, with the museum located on the third floor of the Russian Center at 2450 Sutter Street. A number of periodicals such as newspapers, magazines, and limited edition work can be found in the archives, having been brought to the US by immigrants.

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