The Exposition Plan

The layout of the Fabergé Museum's permanent exhibition with a short description of each room.

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Grand Staircase

The Grand Staircase was constructed in the 1840s at the main entrance to the palace. The staircase was built by the architect Nikolai Efimov and is fringed by a series of sculptures. Years after its completion, the architect Rudolph Bogdanovich Berngard erected the exquisite decorative stucco dome over the staircase.


Knights' Hall

Military-themed works of art. Life in the Russian army in the mid-19th century is portrayed in the watercolors of Karl Piratskiy and his successor, Pyotr Balashov. The works of these battle-genre artists are rarely found in museum collections and little is known about them; however, both artists enjoyed well-deserved recognition in their time. The Knights' Hall is named for the frieze encompassing the room, which depicts a medieval tournament of knights.


Red Room

Russian silver. The Red Room is dedicated to a collection of Russian silver works, produced from the 18th to the beginning of the 20th centuries. The room's displays showcase spectacular works by the top Petersburg firms that also carried the honor of Supplier of the Highest Court (C. Fabergé, P. Sazikov, Nichols and Plinke, the Grachev brothers, Tegelsten).


Blue Room

Easter Eggs by Fabergé.  The central hall of the Shuvalov Palace contains the Imperial Easter Eggs and surprises made for the last of the Romanovs - the Emperors Alexander III and Nicholas II. These remarkable works each tell their own unique story and made Fabergé a world-renowned brand.


Gold Room

Gifts from the Tsars, objets de fantaisie made by House of Fabergé, and jeweled boxes. Many of the items exhibited in the Gold Room are associated with the Romanov dynasty and their foreign relatives. The objets de fantaisie, made by the masters of the House of Fabergé, are particularly noteworthy, as are the jeweled boxes decorated with portraits of Russian emperors.



Jewelry, small items, accessories, and clocks. The Anteroom contains a collection of household items once owned by the wealthy and which demonstrate the rich color palette of guilloché enamel, as well as jewelry--the least-preserved items of the Fabergé legacy.


White and Blue Room

Enamel work from the firm of Pavel Ovchinnikov and Moscow cooperatives. Russian porcelain from the 19th century. The White and Blue Room displays works of enamel from the workshops of Pavel Ovchinnikov and also presents outstanding examples of Russian porcelain. 



Exhibition Room

Stone carvings by the House of Fabergé and their contemporaries. Russian paintings from the 19th century. The Exhibition Room, known by the first Shuvalovs as the Great Study, once house the family's personal museum. Today, the Exhibition Room is home to stone carvings by Fabergé and paintings by nineteenth century Russian artists.


Gothic Hall

Russian icons.  The Gothic Hall, once the study of Count Pyotr Shuvalov, features a collection of Russian icons from the 16th-20th centuries, most of which are clad in frames and covers of precious metals made by famous jewelers from Moscow and St. Petersburg.



Upper Dining Room

Turn of the 20th Century Russian and European paintings. On display in the Upper Dining Room are  paintings by Russian and French impressionists and neoimpressionists from the end of the 19th-beginning of the 20th centuries. Special attention should be given to the works of August Renoir and the great Russian impressionist Konstantin Korovin. A prominent piece is the Palace Vase, painted by Fyodor Krasovsky.




Beige Room

Russian enamel. The Beige Room offers visitors a look at the various shapes and styles of everyday tableware in Imperial Russia. On display are also cigarette cases which illustrate various silver working and enamel decorating techniques.