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About the International Centre of the Roerichs (ICR)

The International Centre of the Roerichs (ICR) was founded on the initiative of Svetoslav Nikolayevich, the younger son of Nicholas and Helena Roerich, who in 1990 transferred the invaluable heritage of his parents from India to Russia in order to create a non-governmental museum of Nicholas Roerich.


The main purpose of the ICR is to preserve and promote the heritage of the Roerich family. The Centre is situated in the heart of Moscow in the old Lopukhin Estate, an unique historical-cultural monument of the 17th-19th centuries that has been restored and revived by the efforts of the ICR.


Over the years of its functioning, the ICR has become a cultural centre renowned both in Russia and abroad.

The Museum, which boasts of the world’s largest collection of paintings by Nicholas and Svetoslav Roerich, organizes exhibitions of cosmist artists, classical music evenings, and popular science lectures. Since its foundation the ICR has been organizing travelling exhibitions of paintings by Nicholas Roerich in Russia and abroad.


The ICR runs a United Scientific Centre for Cosmic Thinking Problems that organizes yearly scientific and public conferences, with academicians, doctors and candidates of science from various countries participating in its work.


The Centre is also an active publisher. Its Publication Department has released about 200 books by and about the Roerichs, and publishes the magazine Culture and Time.


At the Manuscript Department, Russian and foreign researchers study the Roerichs' heritage. The ICR Research Library was created on the basis of the books that belonged to the Roerich family.


ICR is an associate member with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI), associate member of the International National Trusts Organization (INTO), institutional member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), and a member of the Pan-European Federation for Cultural Heritage “EUROPA NOSTRA”. The Centre also maintains close contacts with multiple international organizations, such as the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the International Roerich Memorial Trust (India).