The museum collection features objects dating from the 16th to the 21st centuries, including sacred art, paintings, military objects, books, documents, photographs, and decorative art. The collection offers a fascinating glimpse into history, art, and culture of Russia and the Russian diaspora.
Among the most important artefacts are objects belonging to Tsar Nicholas II, members of his family, and their attendants collected during the investigation of the Imperial Family’s murder in 1918 in Yekaterinburg. Other unique and rare items in the museum collection are the medals, orders, and banners of various anti-Bolshevik military forces from the time of the Russian Civil War. Several Russian emigre organizations, such as the Association of the Imperial School of Jurisprudence and the Association of His Imperial Majesty’s Own Escort, donated their collections to the museum.
Early donors to the museum include members of the Romanov family, including Princess Vera Konstantinovna Romanov, Prince Teimuraz Bagration-Mukhransky, and Tikhon Kulikovsky, son of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna.
The collection continues to grow thanks to donations of objects by individuals and organizations seeking a worthy repository for these treasures.
Objects from the collection are frequently loaned nationally and internationally for temporary exhibitions. In recent years, artifacts from the museum have been on display in the Science Museum (London), Ikonenmuseum (Frankfurt), State Archive of the Russian Federation (Moscow), Manezh (Moscow), Peter and Paul Fortress (St. Petersburg), Hillwood Museum (Washington, DC), the Museum of Russian Icons (Clinton, MA), and the Museum of Russian Art (Minneapolis, MN).