The museum-reserve Tsaritsyno is located in the south of Moscow and includes an architectural complex of the late 18th century, Greenhouses, Historical Landscaped Park with ponds and new park zones with Light dynamic fountain. The territory covers 405 hectares.
The palace complex created as a suburb residence of the Empress Catherine II. It was designed and built by the architect Vasily Bazhenov. Later the new Grand Palace by Matvey Kazakov became the center of composition. The buildings were not completed. After the Empress’s death work stopped.
The Decorative Art Museum of the USSR nations was established in 1984. In 1992 the museum was transformed into the Historical Architectural Art and Landscape Museum-Reserve “Tsaritsyno”.
Exhibition activities of the Museum dates back to the mid-1990s. Since 1994 the exhibitions were located in the buildings designed by Bazhenov (the Second Courtiers’ Quarters, the Small Palace and the Middle Palace). After the reconstruction of 2005–2007 the Kitchen Quarters’ (the Bread House) and the Grand Palace house permanent displays. In 2011 the complex of Greenhouses, created according to the drawings of the19th century was opened to the public.
Initially the Museum focused on the collections of decorative arts. Later the objects of Russian and European art of the 18th — early 20th centuries began to enter the Museum.
The Museum has an extensive exhibition activity. In 2014 started a project “Museum tours”. Within the project many Moscow and regional museums have a chance to introduce their collections and different ways of activities in Tsaritsyno.
Education programs are an important trend of the Museum. Wide variety of guided tours, education and entertainment programs and other activities for adults and children are offered in the Palaces, Greenhouses and outdoors.
The Museum’s concert halls and park provide settings for many concerts and performances. Every year the museum becomes a venue for music festivals.
Tsaritsyno Park is one of the oldest landscaped parks in Russia. Since 2014 park banner exhibitions introduce the Tsaritsyno history and some items of the collections.
In summer time it’s possible to move across the central part of the territory by museum electric car. Visitors can hire a boat or catamaran on the ponds. There are areas of active recreation on the territory of the Museum-Reserve: ski trail, ice rink, climbing wall, dance floor.
The Museum is accessible to disabled visitors and parents with infants. All museum entrances have ramps and lifts. There is a limited number of parking spaces available for disabled people. Ask strollers and baby chair-walker in the Underground Lobby to borrow for your visit. Guided tours and education programs are adapted for the gests with special requirements. There are Braille libels in some interiors.
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- Tuesdays to Fridays: 9:30–18:00
- Saturdays: 9:30–20:00
- Sundays: 9:30–19:00
- Mondays: Closed
- Wednesdays to Fridays: 10:00–18:00
- Saturdays: 10:00–20:00
- Sundays: 10:00–19:00
- Mondays, Tuesdays: Closed
- Daily: 06:00–24:00