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State Art and Architectural Museum Palace and Park - Reserve Peterhof

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Museums, exhibitions, galleries

Address: 198516, Russia, Saint Petersburg, Peterhof, ulitsa Razvodnaya, 2

Phone: спр. (812) 450-5287, экс. бюро (812) 420-0073
E-mail: Samson@petrhofmuseum.ru

http://www.peterhofmuseum.ru

Historical Inquiry

Founded at the beginning of the XVIII century by Emperor Peter I close to the new capital St. Petersburg, Peterhof became one of the most luxurious royal summer residence and a kind of triumphal monument devoted to the successful completion of Russia’s fight over the Baltic Sea. By the mid 20-ies of the XVIII century the construction of the regular Upper Garden and Lower Park had been finished, the Grand Palace and some "small" palaces and pavilions had been built, the world's largest system of fountains and water cascades had been created, a large part of the sculptural decoration had been completed. Peterhof was founded by Peter I but its prosperity is associated with Emperor Nicholas I . In particular, there were established two new landscaped parks. Romantic Alexandria and the Cottage, pavilion with a Farm, Lower cottage and the Chapel and Kolonistsky park with two islands and pavilions Tsaritsyn and Olgin. Winner of "Changing Museum in a Changing World" in 2010. Project "Journey through space and time. Introductory Exposition Grand (Menshikov) Palace in Oranienbaum".

Status

Peterhof won the contest “The changing museum in the changing world” in 2010 with its prolect “The journey through space and time. Introductory exposition of Bolshoy (Menshikovsky) palace in Oraniyenbaum”.

Description

Buildings:

Tsaritsyn and Olgin islands:

Tsarin Pavilion. Tsarin Pavilion built in 1842-1844 years  by the architect A. Stakenschneider. Created for Alexandra Feodorovna, wife of Emperor Nicholas I, Tsarina Pavilion reminiscent of the ancient villas of Pompeii. Holguin Pavilion.

Holguin pavilion, built in 1846—1848 under the project of AI Shtakenshneydera, was presented by the imperial couple to their daughter Olga on her wedding in 1846. The pavilion was created in the form of a three-storey towers, serving out of the water, it reminds of the Neapolitan buildings.

The Hall of the Hermitage: 1721—1725, architect I. Braunstein. Peterhof Hermitage is the first hermitage in Russia. The elegant two-story "Hermitage " was intended for lunch in a small circle of family, close or guests. Private pavilion was highlighted by a moat with a run until the end of the XVIII century. The main piece of the Pavilion is lifting table which was reconstructed in 2009.

Museum "Imperial bikes” is located in one of the oldest stone houses in Peterhof built in 1796. Twelve unique bike models belonging to the imperial family are the main pieces of the collection .

Palace "Mon Plaisir" was created in 1714—1723 by architect A. Schluter, I. Braunstein, J. B. Le Blond, N. Michetti. Mon Plaisir is the contemporary to Peterhof. Its construction launched the construction of the palace and park ensemble. The Palace is a pet project of Peter I: the Emperor himself chose the place for it, he drew up a plan of the building, he gave the name of the palace. Today Monplaisir is one of the most completely-preserved buildings of the era. The museum exhibition presents many of the things that once defined the characteristics of culture and art of Peter's time.

Welcome to See

Excurcions:

  • Sightseeing tours of all the palaces and parks forming part of the Museum-Reserve Peterhof
  • Palace meal or "What our grandfathers ate in the old days"French and Russian bronze
  • Mysteries and secrets of porcelain
  • At the ball of Cinderella
  • Visiting Bannik
  • In the footsteps of Bremen Town Musicians

Working Time

Grand Palace, a special storage room: from 10.30 to 18.00, admission until 17.00, closed on Monday, last Tuesday of the month is cleaning day. For more information please visit the website.

Cost of Visiting

The cost of tickets and concessions