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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.-The Romanovs: Legacy of an Empire Lost, is an exhibition dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty,and is open now through March 2014 at The Museum of Russian Art.

Dr. Maria Zavialova, Curator, joined KARE 11 News at 4 to talk more about this unique collection.

In 1613, a 16-year-old Michael Romanov was elected Tsar of Russia, inaugurating a 300-year dynasty. This exhibition provides an overview of the three centuries of Romanov rule, focusing on the tragic end of the dynasty in 1917-1918 and the dispersal of the remaining family members and their treasures after the Bolshevik revolution.

The events that led to the collapse of imperial rule in Russia are well known, but what happened to their scattered property after the Bolsheviks seized power is a story still being unearthed. This exhibition explores the multifaceted history of the dynasty and its afterlife through a variety of media, including historically significant objects, photographs, paintings, works on paper, books, icons, porcelains, textiles and more.

The Romanovs: Legacy of an Empire Lost will feature loans from more than 15 museums, libraries and private collections. Many of the objects will be exhibited for the first time.

The Museum of Russian Art is located at 5500 Stevens Ave. So. (intersection of I-35W and Diamond Lake Road) in Minneapolis. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday, Wednesday Friday), 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.(Thursday), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Saturday), and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday). Admission is $9 for adults; $7 for seniors; $5 for ages 14 and up, and students with ID. Children 13 and under are admitted free.

To learn more about the Museum, upcoming exhibitions and events, to view selections from the Museum store, or to schedule an event at the Museum, call 612-821-9045 or visit The Museum of Russian Art.

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