This article analyzes the changes that have taken place in Russian institutes of culture in more than half a century since its inception. There are three historical periods in the development of institutions of this type: 1) create a network of institutes of culture throughout the country (1964-1989). 2) mass renaming of institutes of culture and expansion of the range of educational programs implemented (1990s – 2012).; 3) the period of changes in Russian higher education and the state cultural policy (since 2013).
Since April 23 when the adviser to the President for culture V. Tolstoy transferred to the President the Project «Fundamentals of the state cultural policy of the Russian Federation))
The analysis of a number of new projects in the field of culture of Russia, which has recently become topics of public discussion.