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Konstantin Somov. On the 150th Anniversary of Birth
St Michael’s Castle

Konstantin Somov. On the 150th Anniversary of Birth

8 august—17 november 2019

The exhibition is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Konstantin Andreevich Somov, one of the greatest masters of Russian art of the first half o...

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Plastic Mass
Marble Palace

Plastic Mass

22 august—28 october 2019

The exhibition will present the diversity of Russian sculpture of the late XX — early XXI century made from polymers and plastics.

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Boris Lurie. American Nonconformist
Stroganov Palace

Boris Lurie. American Nonconformist

29 august—11 november 2019

Leningrad-born survivor of Nazi concentration camps, member of New York avant-garde scene of the 1950s and 1960s, Boris Lurie touches upon the most sensitive, pr...

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Barry Cawston. Russia: Far from Black and White
Marble Palace

Barry Cawston. Russia: Far from Black and White

26 september—4 november 2019

The exhibition presents works by famous English photographer Barry Cawston taken in Russia between 2014 and 2018.

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Ilya Repin. To the 175th Anniversary of the Artist's Birth
Benois Wing

Ilya Repin. To the 175th Anniversary of the Artist's Birth

3 october 2019—9 march 2020

The exhibition will feature more than 250 paintings and graphic works by Ilya Repin: recognized masterpieces by the master and his little-kn...

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Opening hours
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The Eastern Pavilion

Monday

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday

The Museum is closed

Wednesday

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday

The Museum is closed

The Western Pavilion

Group visits at a fixed time:

Monday

The Museum is closed

Tuesday

The Museum is closed

Wednesday

1 session - 11:00 a.m.

2 session - 2:30 p.m.

Thursday

1 session -1:00 p.m.

2 session - 16:00 p.m.

Friday

1 session - 11:00 a.m.

2 session - 2:30 p.m.

Saturday

1 session - 11:00 a.m.

2 session - 2:30 p.m.

Sunday

1 session - 11:00 a.m.

2 session - 2:30 p.m.





Getting here

The Eastern Pavilion

10 Inzhenernaya Str., St. Petersburg

The Western Pavilion

8 Inzhenernaya Str., St. Petersburg

Metro - Gostiny Dvor, Nevsky Prospekt
Bus: №3, №22, №27, №49, К212
Trolleybus: №5, №22
Tram № 3

History

During Paul's time the title "St.Michael's Castle" comprised not only the building itself but the whole Emperor's residence.фото1.jpg

The ensemble comprised

  • the mighty Connetable Square (from French connetable – the commander in chief of the army) in front of the southern facade where the bronze monument to Peter I produced by Carlo Bartolomeo Rastrelli was set up in 1800. Until 1823 the square was surrounded by a ditch with the drawbridge.

  • two three-storey similar pavilions of palace type – western and eastern (now belong to the Russian Museum) that open onto Klenovaya alley

  • Exerzierhaus (drill hall)

  • Stables

  • Kitchen and gendarme buildings, cellar.

The pavilions serves as a joining link between the castle and the city building and makes a mighty impression. The lower floors are decorated with bas-reliefs on subjects of antique myths about the travels of Dionysus (Sculptor – Fyodor Gordeev). The bas-reliefs probably contained a programme allegorically related to Emperor Paul I. The pavilions were completed in 1800 and meant for dwelling of ladies in waiting and maids of honour of the imperial court. After Paul's death the state apartments of the Court Administration were located here.

The new life of the pavilions started from the moment when Emperor Alexander I on the initiative of Grand Duke Nicolas Pavlovich decided to transfer the buildings to the newly created Engineering Department. On the 1st July of 1817 Alexander I appointed Nicolas Pavlovich the patron of the battalion and the general and inspector on Engineering. One of the first steps of the new general and inspector was establishment of the Engineering College in 1819 on the base of the special Engineering School at the Draughts' Expedition. St. Michael's Castle together with the pavilions was handed to the Engineering Department for the Main (afterwards – the Nicolas) Engineering College.

Later there were a company of draughtsmen (officers of low rank) of the Engineering College, models, a library and classes in the Western Pavilion. Then the building housed a Training field engineer battalion, the court's chemist's shop with a laboratory, a school of musicians and bandmasters of the Guards corps, the Headquarters of the Guards reserve of Infantry Corps and the Galvanic Museum.

After Paul's death the Eastern Pavilion housed "the Chapter of Russian Orders", the Engineering School and a school of horsebreakers. The Fencing room on the ground floor of this pavilion was located there in the beginning of the 20th century.

In 1905-1907 the architectural community was actively discussing the intention of the Engineering Department to build a new building at the square in front of the Engineers' Castle . This would have led to rebuilding of pavilions. The architect Leonty Benois spoke in against that project. As a result of it the decision was made to transfer the construction to a vacant area. In the Soviet time the buildings belonged to the Leningrad Military District and were used for administrative purposes.

The pavilions of St. Michael's Castle were handed over for operational management to the Russian Museum. At present the Eastern Pavilion houses the department of the Russian Museum – The Russian Centre of museum's pedagogy and children's creative work. The Multimedia Centre is located in the Western Pavilion.

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