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Structures
Marble Palace

Structures

6 april—7 august 2017

The project that includes art pieces from 1960s to present time is aimed to investigate the concept of the structure (from Latin structura ‎- a fitting together, adjustment, building...

The Art of Novgorod the Great in the Time of Prelate Macarius
Benois Wing

The Art of Novgorod the Great in the Time of Prelate Macarius

27 april—14 august 2017

The XVIth century in Novgorod’s art history is a time of true rise but it still has never been an object of a special exhibition project ...

Leonid Krivitsky
St Michael’s Castle

Leonid Krivitsky

31 may—31 july 2017

Exhibition in St. Michael's Castle will include around 50 graphic works, paintings and sculptures from the collection of the artist’s family.

Mikhail Shvartsman. To the 90th Anniversary
Stroganov Palace

Mikhail Shvartsman. To the 90th Anniversary

26 july—4 september 2017

Mikhail Shvartsman (1926-1997) is one of the few Russian artists of the after-war period who are claimed equal to the masters of the avant-garde ...

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Artists of the Society of Russian Sculptors
St Michael’s Castle

Artists of the Society of Russian Sculptors

10 august—20 november 2017

The artists' union “Society of Russian Sculptors” (ORS – Obschestvo Russkih Sculptorov) was created in 1925 in the course of revolutionary ev...

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Arkady Rylov. 1870–1939
St Michael’s Castle

Arkady Rylov. 1870–1939

16 august—13 november 2017

The Russian Museum houses the biggest part of Rylov’s artistic heritage: paintings and sketches of various periods, graphic works, illustrations. This will allow to present ...

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Art into Life. 1918–1925
Mikhailovsky Palace

Art into Life. 1918–1925

17 august—20 november 2017

The exhibition will present the propaganda art of the first years after the 1917 Revolution. The agitation art of this time was truly mass and embracing different aspects o...

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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

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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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