Odesa Fine Arts Museum is one of the principal art galleries of the city of Odesa. Founded in 1899, it occupies the Potocki Palace, itself a monument of early 19th century architecture. The museum now houses more than 10 thousand pieces of art, including paintings by some of the best-known Russian and Ukrainian artists of late 19th and early 20th century.Work out when and for how long to visit Odessa Art Museum and other Odessa attractions using our handy Odessa day trip planning website .
The palace that now houses the gallery is one of the oldest palaces of Odessa. It was ordered by Seweryn Potocki, a former Polish member of parliament who after the partitions of Poland swore loyalty to the tsar of Russia and eventually became a noted Russian diplomat and an ambassador to the Kingdom of Naples. Potocki was also a wealthy landowner and one of his properties, the village of Severinovka named after him contained a quarry of light limestone, from which both the palace and most of Odessa's public buildings were built.
The construction started in 1805 and was supervised by Francesco Boffo, a noted Italian architect and the author of many palaces and public buildings in Odessa and the Crimea. Construction of the main building was ready by 1810, though due to Napoleonic Wars works on internal furnishing did not commence until 1824 and were finished by 1828.
The neoclassical building is a typical magnate residence of the epoch, with two floors, a large portico with a tympanum supported by six classical columns. The main building is joined to the side wings by semi-circular galleries, forming a Cour d'honneur in front of the palace. Behind it a small English-style landscape garden was created, with a romantic grotto. The interior design is mostly an eclectic mixture of various styles popular in early 19th century.
Tours to Odessa Art Museum
Odessa Art Museum Reviews
The Odessa Museum of Art is housed in an old palace that belonged to a Polish nobleman. The nineteenth century is well represented with valuable works; there are great Russian painters like Levitan, R... more »
Замечательную экскурсию проводят работники музея даже для детей 5-6 лет! 3-ий год подряд,посещаем с группами деток,и экскурсию в грот...Рассказ адаптирован для их возраста! Ребята в восторге!!! more »A wonderful tour is conducted by museum workers even for children 5-6 years old! For the 3rd year in a row, we visit with groups of children, and a tour of the grotto... The story is adapted for their age! The guys are thrilled!!!
Places to stay near Odessa Art Museum
Plan your trip to Odessa
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all >
View all >
Hidden gems in Odessa
View all >
Side trips from Odessa
Nearby attractions in Odessa
Plans to Odessa Art Museum by other users
10 days in Odessa BY A USER FROM UKRAINE December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 30 days in Odessa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in Lviv, Kiev & Odessa BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 56 days in Lviv, Kiev & Odessa BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in Odessa BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 27 days in Odessa BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium