Events / Peterhof State Museum-Reserve en Mon, 23 Jul 2018 10:18:47 +0300 Mon, 23 Jul 2018 10:18:47 +0300 Peterhof / Annual Spring Fountain Show Sat, 19 May 2018 00:00:00 +0300 The annual spring fountain show opening the summer season in Peterhof will be held on May 19th at 1 p.m. This year the feast will be dedicated to Centenary of museums in the former suburban imperial residences near St. Petersburg. Along with the fountain season we will give a start to the general project "Age of Museums" celebrating the Centenary of Peterhof State Museum-Reserve, Tsarskoye Selo Museum-Preserve, Gatchina Museum-Reserve and Pavlovsk Museum.

Colorful performance on the stage near the Grand Cascade entitled "The Palace Saga" will combine multimedia technologies with spectacular theatrical action. You’ll see the brightest pages of 100-years museum history of imperial residences as told by the main hero – famous art historian Alexander Benois. "The Palace Saga" play will be held in 8 acts: "Balls in Palaces", "Revolution", "Palaces for the People", "Palaces as Houses of Culture", "War", "Revival", "Centers of Attraction" and "Shows in Palaces".

During the spring fountain feast, guests will immerse themselves in the pre-revolutionary atmosphere of the residences and enjoy the dances and music played at the balls. Agitation posters waving above the Grand Cascade will remind about the crucial changes that happened to Palaces in the beginning of the 20th century. Spectators will learn how imperial residences became the places of rest for the citizens of Soviet Russia in 1920s. During this period sports mini-parades, meetings of aircraft modelers and pioneer rallies took place in the former residences of Peterhof, Pavlovsk, Gatchina and Tsarskoye Selo. The photos of ruined palaces will tell about the horrors of World War II. Spectators will see the revived fountain of Samson through the eyes of the Leningraders. The newsreel of Samson moving along the Nevsky Avenue in 1947 will be broadcast on the screens above the Cascade. The contemporary life of residences will be embodied in the musical fragments dedicated to the well-known holidays in the museum-reserves, such as fashion shows, flower festivals, nights of music and fountain feasts.

For the first time in the history of Peterhof fountain feasts the celebration will go beyond the Lower park. All museum-reserves will be united by means of online translation. The lively opening ceremony of the summer season will be completed by the fireworks illuminating the sky above the Grand Peterhof Palace.

Admission to the show will be available by the tickets to the Lower park. Pre-book the tickets online.

Peterhof / International Museum Day 2018 Fri, 18 May 2018 00:00:00 +0300 To celebrate International Museum Day Peterhof offers free entrance to four incredible museum facilities on May 18th. Peter the Great’s Palace in Strelna, Museum of the Fountain Craft, Museum of Art Collectors as well as the historical & cultural project "The Court Entertainment" will be open for everyone from 10:30 till 6 p.m. free of charge.

If you’re planning to see the fountains on this day, please do explore one of the most fascinating museums of Peterhof – The Court Entertainment, that is placed on the Palace square just opposite to the main entrance to the Lower park. It is an extensive work of music, light, multimedia projections and acoustic accompaniment, that shares a new view of the unique exhibits.

In case you’ll find yourself stuck in the lines to the Grand Peterhof Palace do not hesitate to have a break from the crowds inside a cozy and informative Museum of the Fountain Craft situated in the eastern wing of the Grand Peterhof Palace. Its exposition is dedicated to the fountain art, the history of creation and development of the water-supply system of Peterhof. The museum gives the opportunity to see the images of the historical buildings, that did not preserve until our days, the fragments of the wooden and cast iron pipes of the XVIII century, parts of the water equipment, fountain nozzles, as well as the tools used by the fountain masters.

Did you ever know that Peterhof Museum-Reserve’s collection includes paintings by Konstantin Petrov-Vodkin, Michael Larionov, Natalia Goncharova, Zinaida Serebryakova, Alexander Benois and Viktor Borisov-Musatov? Have a chance to see these particularly valuable works of late XIX - early XX centuries free of charge in the newly opened Museum of Art Collectors on Pravlenskaya Street 8, just 5 minutes’ walk from the Grand Peterhof Palace. The museum was formed in 2002 on the basis of gifts and wills of the famous Leningrad collectors: Joseph Moiseevich Ezrah; spouses - Rosa Mikhailovna and Alexander Alexandrovich Timofeyevs; Moscow collections of I. E. Kavarskaya and A. V. Usenina.

Want to see some typical architecture and interiors of the early 18th century? Make a trip to Strelna, 20 km from St. Petersburg, to the Palace of Peter the Great. It is the only construction of the simple suburban homestead of Peter I, that preserved. He was staying here during his frequent visits to Kronstadt, Peterhof and Oranienbaum. In the palace collection, there are private things of the first Russian emperor: the holiday suit of Peter I; the patchwork blanket, that according to the legend, was sewed for the tsar by his spouse Catherine II and the folding screen for the bedroom, painted in the "chinoiserie" style.

Celebrate International Museum Day 2018 in Peterhof!

Alexandria / Alexandria's Carousel 2017 Sat, 01 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0300 Knight fair "Alexandria’s Carousel" in Petergof's Alexandria park has already become a tradition to many citizens of St.-Petersburg. Bright court feasts, fairy-tale atmosphere, unforgettable beauty of the Petergof parks are all creating the unique scent of holiday that differs the festival from most other "living history" events of the city and suburbs.  

The tradition of knight carousel is rooted in the times of Henry II. After a tragic death of the king on the jousting tournament, his wife, Catherine Medici tried to find a replacement to a mortal art competition. It all happened in the times when Italian Renaissance was ruling the fashion all over the Europe and so a tradition of a posh celebration came to France as a display of magnificence of monarchs and prosperity of the country. A new type of event was named a horse carousel - massive performances involving dozens of court horse riders acting in a play on an antique script.

Later on in the 19th century Russian Emperor Nicholas I, who selected Gothics as an official style of his residence in the Alexandria park decided to organize a carousel as well. Alexandra - his wife, known as Friederike Luise Charlotte Wilhelmine or "The White Rose" once was honored with a carousel "The magic of the white rose" in Potsdam. Inspired with the traditions of earlier centuries Nicholas I ordered to prepare dresses for ladies and even take old armor from the arsenal for men in order to present a carousel in Tsarskoe Selo in 1829.

We try to continue the tradition and for the ninth time are organizing a carousel in the park that was a gift of Nicholas I to Alexandra. You are welcome!

Equestrian Performance "Four Ends of the Earth" (July 1, 15:00-16:30)

On July 1, 2017 at 3 p.m. mail performance will take place on the grand field near the Farm Palace. This year show is dedicated to the equestrian competition. 

Attractions of the Medieval Fair (open both days 13:00-18:00)

Dance classes
During the event you will be able to dive into the Renaissance age not only by watching the dances, processions and participant performances, but also take part in dance master-classes and after that dance on a real ball.

Costume rent
Ever dreamed to take on a princess dress? Or may be your child would like to try a costume of a marvelous era? Come by to the costume rent tents and chose a costume by your taste.

Games of old times for the whole family
Bow shooting, Saracen tournament, dexterity trials, table games, hoop and horseshoe throwing, boccie, juggling classes et cetera, et cetera...

Merchants and artisans will offer their goods and show you some secrets of their work.

Enjoy the flavors of the traditional Lithuanian cusion and learn more about Medieval dishes and recipes

Useful Information

The tickets for the festival will be on sale in the ticket offices of the Alexandria park at St.Peterburgskiy Ave. entrance and at Zverinskiy Gate entrance

Ticket price is 300 Rubles per person. Please note that the ticket entitles you to a single pass to the park. If you leave the park you'll have to buy another ticket to return.

What is the best way to get to the carousel? Take a shuttle bus № 224, № 300, № 424 from the Avtovo metro station or № 103, № 420 if you travel from Leninsky Prospect metro station. The bus stop "Alexandria park" (or "Telegraph") is just besides the ticket office.

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Peterhof / Journey to the Land of Don Quixote Sat, 20 May 2017 00:00:00 +0300 On May 20th, 2017 the Annual Fountain Show at the Grand Cascade will mark again the beginning of the summer season 2017 at the Peterhof State Museum-Reserve. The show will become a concluding chord for the bilateral year of tourism in Russia and Spain. The Show will start at 2 p.m.

During the spring fountain feast, guests will immerse themselves in the authentic Spanish extravaganza and enjoy the flavor of this country and its sunshiny atmosphere.

As part of the theatrical performance entitled "Journey to the Land of Don Quixote" you’ll see the brightest pages of the Spanish history, like dancing to the flamenco rhythm, brave toreros, animated heroes from the paintings by El Greco and Velasquez, surreal world of Salvador Dali, and Don Quixote fighting again with windmills.  

The lively opening ceremony of the summer season will be completed by the fireworks illuminating the sky with the colors of the Spanish flag.

Spring Fountain Show 2017 is conducted with the support from the Ministry for Culture of Russia.  

Admission to the show will be available by the tickets to the Lower park. Pre-book the tickets online.

Alexandria / Free entrance to the palaces & park of Alexandria Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 +0300 Every year since 1977 International Museum Day is organised worldwide on May 18. Peterhof State Museum-Reserve celebrates this date with the free entrance for all to the museums and parks of Alexandria.

The palace and park ensemble "Alexandria" was a place for regular summer vacations of the four generations of the Romanov dynasty. It adjoins to the eastern border of the official emperor's residence, separated with the wall from the Lower Park.

On May 18th everyone is welcome to visit the Cottage Palace of Nicholas I, the Farm Palace of Alexander II, and the Palace Telegraph Station free of charge. We're also glad to announca that there will be free entrance to the Park of Alexandria from 9 a.m. till 10 p.m. on this date.

Take your children, friends, and relatives to Alexandria - discover another side of Peterhof Imperial Residence.

More information about history and peculiarities of Alexandria's sights here.

Peterhof / Dressed liked Le Grand Muet Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0300 The era of Le Grand Muet started with the screening of "moving pictures" in the St Petersburg garden "Aquarium" on May 4, 1896. Two months later, in the Throne Hall of the Grand Peterhof Palace Mr. Lumière showed "motion pictures" to Emperor Nicholas II.

Rapidly developing cinematography ruled the minds of the mass public and changed everyday life. The collection of N.A. Kostrigina, one of the largest collections of city costumes in Russia, contributed to the exhibition the toilets of a resident of St Petersburg, which were influenced by the outfits of the first film stars: sophisticated and refined Vera Kholodnaya, fatally beautiful Vera Karalli, delicate and touching Sophia Goslavskaya.

The exhibition episodes are embedded in the space of the Grand Palace. In the lobby, in front of the Grand Staircase, there are articles of outer clothing of an imaginary heroine: lady's cloaks, pelerines, capes, talmas, sorties de bal. The Throne Hall of the Palace again, as 120 years ago, on the day of the first Imperial film screening, would become a movie theater. The projection shots of the Lumière brothers are back in these walls. In the White Hall evening and ball dresses, tuxedos and morning coats come to life, being included in the phantasmagoria of images of the legendary films of Le Grand Muet.

Alexandria / Peterhof Dacha Dwellers Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0300 On August 10, 2016  the 32th  permanent exposition of the Peterhof State Museum Reserve was opened in the Farmer Palace of Alexandria Ensemble. New cultural and historical project "Peterhof Dacha Dwellers" takes space of 15 halls and gives an opportunity for the guests to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of summer holidays on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland of XIX- XX centuries. More than 300 museum items show the exceptional character of dacha culture in this area.

The museum of the Farm palace, that represents furnishing of living rooms of Alexander II and his family, was opened on the first floor of the Palace in 2010. Interiors of the second floor, chronologically connected with the period of dacha life prosperity of Peterhof, became venue for the new museum.

Having rich experience in innovation projects, Peterhof Museum-Reserve has undertook reconstruction of dacha atmosphere at the turn of the century using modern technologies.

In the second half of XIX century notion "dacha" turned into commonly used for definition of a summer country house for citizens and their families, and exceptional dacha world began to shape around Emperor’s residence in Peterhof. Several Romanov generations spent their summer in the Alexandria Ensemble of Peterhof, where they got some kind of freedom from court conventions, that restrained their way of living. 

On Alexandria's "Private Dacha" everyone had an opportunity to do favorite activity: fishing, hunting, mushroom and berry picking, walking and horse riding, bicycling and outdoor games. Following tzar's family, high society came to Peterhof, among them - Emperor’s entourage, aristocrats, officials, generals and officers, wealthy citizens. Among the famous dacha dwellers were such families as Benois, M.G. Vrubel, M.F. Kshesinskaya, D.I. Mendeleev, N.A. Nekrasov, A.G. Rubinstein, F.G. San-Galli, S.M. Tretyakov, I.S. Turgenev, P.I. Tchaikovsky, and many oters.

New exhibition project tells about residents of summer Peterhof, and what was the dacha life in a town of Peterhof for court office. Usual social routine was maintained here: summer Peterhof residents got invitations for official events at the court, attended festive dinners and receptions. Besides social entertainments there were also simple dacha pleasures: swimming in the Gulf of Finland, bicycling in the park, picnics, visiting each other. And of course, summer on the dacha was inevitably connected with making outdors jam and flavourful fruit liquors: this way taste of dacha was preserved for the long Saint-Petersburg winter.

Exposition unfolds accordingly to the routine of dacha life: from bustle of the capital and hustle on the railway station to the evening silence and tranquility of country holidays at the seaside. Guest of "Peterhof Dacha Dwellers" will go up on the veranda of typical dacha house, find themselves in the artist’s workshop, visit aristocrat’s cabinet and lady’s boudoir, children’s room, learn about entertainments and pleasures of Peterhof summer, its flavors, tastes and sounds, feel sadness from autumn parting with Peterhof.

Besides museum halls guests will visit some kind of cinema, where prominent citizens of St. Petersburg tell about peculiarities of summer dacha culture, among them B.V. Averin, S.I. Bogdanov, N.V. Burov, D.A. Granin, Y. O. Gordin, T.V. Chernigovskaya, M.L. Shreter. Project "Peterhof Dacha Dwellers" is aimed at family audience and everyone, who is interested in Saint-Petersburg life at the turn of the century.

Entry tickets fee: adults – 250 rubles, students -150 rubles

For citizens of Russian Federation and Republic of Belarus: adults – 150 rubles, students -100 rubles

Get aquainted with the list of benefits for entry tickets here

Oranienbaum / Oranienbaum through Ages Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0300 For the first time, history of His Serene Highness A.D. Menshikov, first owner and builder of Oranienbaum residence, is represented in a new exposition at the Grand Menshikov Palace.

While restoration of the Western wing of the Grand Palace has been finished, Peterhof Museum-Reserve offers residents and guests of the city new historical museum project – "Oranienbaum through Centuries": in several halls traditional exposition methods and brand-new multimedia technologies are united. Visitors, who are ready to travel through space and time, are accompanied by the voice of the famous journalist Vladimir Posner.

Guests of the Grand Menshikov Palace will discover many interesting facts about ancient Izhora lands. Virtual space allows visitors to get back on a few millenniums ago, find themselves on the shore of the Gulf of Finland aquatory after the end of the Ice Age, and then, see the shaping process of today’s landscape.

Visitors of the museum become participants of thrilling battles of Northern War, go to the command post of Peter I and beneath the walls of besieged fortress "Oreshek". Then, they will get a private audience with the governor of Ingermanlandia, "Duke of Izhora" - A. D. Menshikov, as if they have entered the working cabinet of His Serene Highness.

Unique mechanical model is of a particular interest and shows architectural changes in a palace and park- ensemble throughout decades. Mysteries of restoration and creation of museum exposition in the Grand Menshikov Palace during long years are revealed in a last hall. The creators of the museum have not forgotten about the youngest visitors. Parents can leave their kids with teachers-caregivers in a special equipped room for children, which is suitable both for playing and education.

Peterhof State Museum Reserve has created multimedia project "Oranienbaum through Centuries" together with Studio of scenography and technology "Show Consulting".

Visiting of museum project "Oranienbaum through centuries" is a paid service. 

Entry tickets fee: adults - 200 rubles, students – 100 rubles. 

For citizens of Russian Federation and Republic of Belarus: adults – 100 rubles, students – 50 rubles.