Pavlovsk is an outstanding palace and park ensemble of the late XVIII – the early XIX centuries, the summer residence of Emperor Pavel I and his family. One of the largest landscaped parks in Europe covers an area of 600 hectares. This palace and park ensemble had been created for over 50 years on the banks of the winding river Slavjanka by many well-known architects. On it worked Ch. Kameron, V. Brenna, D. Quarenghi, Voronihin, K. Rossi and the sculptors M. Kozlowski, I. Martos, I. Prokofiev, F. Gordeev, G. Demut-Malinovsky. The collection of the Pavlovsk Palace is associated with the journeys of the owners of Pavlovsk throughout Europe in 1781-1782. Attending workshops of famous masters, they purchased and commissioned paintings, furniture, bronzes, silk fabrics, china sets, antique Italian sculpture and received gifts from the royal courts of Europe.
The Pavlovsk Palace Museum gives a vivid insight into the development of classicism in Russian architecture of the late XVIII – the early XIX centuries. Its uniqueness is expressed in a harmonious synthesis of architecture, sculpture, superb interior decoration and art objects often presented in single copy. Among the museum halls there are such architectural masterpieces as Italian and Grecian Halls, Tapestry Room, Hall of War and Hall of Peace, Throne Hall, Picture Gallery, Little Lantern Room, Library of Russia. Among the distinguished interiors of the palace especially notable is the ensemble of living rooms of Empress Maria Feodorovna, designed by D. Quarenghi and A. Voronikhin at the beginning of the XIX century.
The museum's collection includes more than 32,000 artifacts. The biggest collection of decorative art includes unique items of Russian and Western European porcelain and furniture. There is a significant collection of paintings by Western artists of XVII - XVIII centuries, woven tapestries, bronze, ivory and precious stone jewelry. The museum also houses a magnificent collection of Russian art, paintings and graphic views of Pavlovsk.
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 18:00.
Closed Fridays and the first Monday of each month.