The building of the library was built at the end of the 18th c. by architect M.F.Kazakov for vice-governor N.E.Myasoedov. Since 1829 there was the oldest theatre school in Russia there, in particular, Moscow Drama School where M.S.Shchepkin and I.V.Samarin taught. Later the building was occupied by the Office of Imperial Theatres. The face of the building as well as the interior including the so-called Blue Hall with Corinthian pillars and a glased tile stove have been preserved till today.
In 1987 there was opened an exhibition hall in Russian State Art Library. There are always exhibited collections of artworks, collections of books there. There are complex exhibitions that give visitors an opportunity to get acquainted with unique exponats of the theatre, works of fine arts and other kinds of art. The collections of the exhibition hall were amassed from rich funds of the library itself and, besides, from private collections and funds of other cultural establishments.
Everyday – 12 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursdays – 12 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sundays, Holidays and each last Friday of the month – days off