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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

What to Do: Ride In the Art Wagon

MTFor a more uplifting metro experience, be sure to catch the Akvarel train.
You've seen the Tretyakov. The Pushkin is old news. Now, try the metro.

Five wagons on an Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya (dark-blue) line train have been refitted as mobile museums -- the benches on one side were ripped up, the windows covered, and in their place hang paintings by watercolorist Sergei Andriyaka and his students. They're mostly peaceful pastoral scenes and flower paintings, and all are reproductions.

The train is called Akvarel, and the wagon exteriors are covered with floral prints.

"We wanted to uplift passengers, to decorate their lives," said metro spokeswoman Svetlana Sarova.

You can see the train daily from noon to 2:30 p.m. as it travels between Partizanskaya and Park Pobedy metro stations. For example, on weekends it arrives at Ploshchad Revolyutsii metro station at 12:18:25 p.m. and Arbatskaya metro station at 12:20:25 p.m.

Further times are available on the Moscow Metro web site (

The painted train is to run indefinitely, though in the future another artist might take Andriyaka's place. Kitsch statues by Zurab Tsereteli, anyone?