Russia’s top university is set to open a new museum in Moscow to showcase its collection of classic artwork.

The museum will form part of the new Vorobyevy Gory research centre at Moscow State University (MSU).

The new campus, which is due to be completed in 2018, will allow MSU to exhibit its collection for the first time. The university’s collection of minerals — widely considered to be one of the world’s largest — will also go on display. “MSU keeps thousands of original paintings”, said museum rector Victor Sadovnichy. “People should have an opportunity to see them.”

As well as carrying out research into Russian culture and heritage, the new centre will also promote work on nanotechnology, IT, medicine and space research.

Founded in 1755, Moscow State University is Russia’s oldest university. According to the Times Higher Education supplement, MSU is ranked in the 95th place in the list of the top 1000 best universities of the world.

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