State Museum-Reserve “Tsarskoe Selo” (Pushkin).
Catherine Palace: from 10:00 to 18:00, Tuesday is a day off; from June 2 to August 31 from 12:00 to 19:00, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00 to 20:00. Catherine Park: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Catherine Palace: Russian residents – 700 rubles, non-residents – 1200 rubles, privileged categories – 350 rubles, children under 16 – free of charge. Pavilions and other objects – 150-600 rubles. Some of the pavilions as well as entrance to Catherine, Alexander, and Babolovsky parks – free.
Babolovsky Dvor is closed for restoration. Entrance to Alexandrovsky and Babolovsky parks is limited due to the works.
The state museum-reserve “Tsarskoe Selo” is located in the town of Pushkin, Sadovaya Street, 7. Palace and park ensemble occupies an area of over 300 hectares and consists of three parks – Alexandrovsky, Catherine and Babolovsky, in which there are palaces and various pavilions with household outbuildings.
Tsarskoe Selo was home to many ruling families, from Catherine I to Nicholas II. All of them have left here the traces of their stay.
Catherine Palace and the court square:
Construction of the tsar’s country residence began in the first half of the 18th century. It later became known as Tsarskoye Selo. After the revolution it was transformed into a museum-reserve. Here you can look at a great number of monuments and sculptures which were created by famous architects, sculptors and artists of the 18th and 20th centuries who made a reality of the most unrealistic wishes of tsars and their associates.
For three centuries, Tsarskoye Selo has been the summer residence of the emperors. For some time it also housed the Tsarskoe Selo Lyceum, where Pushkin himself had been a pupil. After the revolution, the park-palace ensemble was turned into a museum, and the buildings were given to educational and recreational institutions, in 1918 it was renamed Detskoye Selo. On the 100th anniversary of Pushkin’s death, the city was renamed Pushkin.
In the Great Patriotic War, the reserve was badly destroyed, now it has been partially restored and opened to the public. The museum complex Tsarskoe Selo houses thousands of exhibits, grouped into thematic collections. Among them are park and interior sculptures, paintings, drawings, watercolors, rare books, household items, interiors, collections of women’s and men’s clothing, porcelain, weapons, etc.
Catherine Palace at Tsarskoye Selo
One of the architectural dominants of the museum complex is the former imperial residence – Catherine Palace. It is a striking Baroque monument, built in 1717. The palace was named in honor of Empress Catherine I who ordered a summer residence to be built in Tsarskoye Selo. In subsequent years the building was passed on to other members of the royal family – Elizabeth Petrovna and Catherine II.
The most popular room of the Catherine Palace is the Amber Room – it is widely known not only in Russia but also abroad. During the Great Patriotic War the room was looted, and the amber panels were taken out of the country. About their fate so far nothing is known. The present room is, in fact, a remake, executed with great precision from extant sketches and descriptions.
The Lyon Hall of the Catherine Palace, the walls of which are upholstered in silk, is of particular value. The interior was also badly damaged during the war. The reconstruction of Lyon Hall was not completed until June 2019.
Video of the opening of Lyon Hall:
Among the palace’s many rooms, we can also highlight the ceremonial halls and dining rooms, Alexander I’s Chinese drawing room, the pillar, Parade and Stasov staircases.
Of the buildings adjoining the Grand Catherine Palace, the most popular was the Palace Church, which is open for viewing, although it is still being restored.
Today, some of the rooms of the Catherine Palace are open to the public; when planning a trip to Tsarskoe Selo, check the schedule of events for the coming days.
Panoramas of the halls of the Catherine Palace:
The territory of the park is divided into two zones – the regular Old Garden and the English Landscape Park. Work on the regular park started as early as the 1720s. The planning of the garden was carried out by Dutch masters and the sculptures were ordered from Italy.
Approximately to the same period is the construction of the pavilions “Lower Bath” and “Upper Bath”. Later, the well-known architect Rastrelli worked on the project. Under his supervision, the regular park was expanded, the territory around the Great Pond was remodeled and the Grotto and Hermitage pavilions were built.
The English landscape park was created in the middle of the XVIII century. The reservoirs of Tsarskoye Selo were rebuilt, and thus the ponds and lakes became an important part of the image of the palace and park ensemble. On the territory of the English Park were built pavilions – “Tower-ruin”, “Concert Hall”, “Fiddler’s Pavilion”, “Turkish Bath”, which can be seen today, as well as obelisks, memorial steles and other objects.
Panorama of Catherine Park:
The palace was built by order of Empress Catherine II in the 1790s and was originally called the New Tsarskoselsky Palace. After the accession of the Romanov dynasty, Alexander Palace and its park became the favourite resting place of Emperor Nicholas I, and later the main residence of Emperor Nicholas II, during whose reorganisation part of the palace was greatly modified.
After the October revolution the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoye Selo became a museum, and in 1946 it housed exhibitions of the All-Union Alexander Pushkin Museum. During the Second World War the building was badly damaged, its interiors were plundered and destroyed, the halls were occupied by German and Spanish troops, and on the court square they constructed a cemetery for the Nazis. In August 2021, after a lengthy restoration, the first phase of the Alexander Palace was opened. Restoration work began in 2012, and for a long time it was impossible to get into the palace. Now the personal apartments of Emperor Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra Feodorovna, the Corner Drawing Room, the Library and many other rooms are open to visitors. A total of 13 interiors have been restored.
Work in other rooms is still in progress, and the complete restoration of the Alexander Palace is promised no earlier than 2023.
Interiors of the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoye Selo:
The area of the park occupies almost 200 hectares and is divided, like Catherine Park, into regular (New Garden) and landscape parts. On the territory of the New Garden of Alexandrovsky Park there are several bridges – Dragons’ Bridge, Big and Small Chinese Bridge, Cross Bridge; Big and Small Caprice, as well as Chinese Village. In the landscape part of the park you can see the pavilions “Chapel”, “Arsenal” and “White Tower”.
Today in the Alexander Park are being restored for reclamation and landscaping. The drainage system built during the original construction of the park was damaged by shells and bombs during the war years. There was also considerable damage to trees and shrubs. Completion is scheduled for October 2022.
Babolovsky Palace and Park
Babolovsky Park is one of the largest parks of Tsarskoye Selo, its area is more than 280 hectares, stretches between the southern part of the city of Pushkin and the village of Alexandrovskaya. The main attraction of the park is Babolovsky Palace, built in 1785 for Prince Grigory Potemkin. Unfortunately, the palace was destroyed during the Second World War and has not been restored since.
Inside the palace, the grand stone bath, known as the “Tsar Bath”, has been preserved; it holds 8,000 buckets of water.
Like the palace, Babolovsky Park is in need of reconstruction and careful maintenance. Today, access to the park is restricted, and Babolovsky Palace is mothballed and inaccessible for viewing, as the building is in disrepair, and walking next to it can be dangerous because of the threat of collapse.
Babolovsky Park and view of the palace:
Mode of work of museum-reserve Tsarskoe Selo in 2022
Exhibitions, pavilions and museums of the state reserve work according to different schedules. There are both main and temporary exhibitions.
- Catherine Palace: There are two routes for visitors, the second route runs only from June to September. The schedule for the routes is as follows: from June 2 to August 31, from 12:00 to 19:00; on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00 to 20:00; in September from 12:00 to 18:00 and from November to March from 10:00 to 16:45. Tuesday is always a day off.
- Catherine Park: daily from 9:00 to 21:00, admission until 19:00.
- Alexander Palace: only 13 interiors are accessible to the public. The palace is open daily, except Wednesday, from 10:00 to 18:00. Thursdays are sanitary days (from November to April).
- Alexander Park: daily from 7:00 to 21:00.
- Pavilion “Arsenal”: from April to October is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. Weekend is Monday and the last Tuesday of each month. In winter the arsenal is open only on weekends and holidays.
- Palace Church: daily from 10:00 to 18:00. Weekend is Tuesday.
- Cameron Gallery: daily from 11:00 to 18:00 (from May to October).
- Museum “Russia in the Great War”: daily from 10:00 to 18:00. Weekends – Wednesday and the last Thursday of each month.
- Tsarskoye Selo Pavilions: “Rune Tower” and “Chapel” from 11:00 to 18:00; “Grotto” from 10:00 to 18:00, except Tuesday; “Concert Hall” from 10:00 to 18:00, except Monday; “Fiddler’s Arbor” from 11:00 to 18: 00, except Monday and Thursday; “Turkish Bath” – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., except Wednesday; “Hermitage” – 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; “White Tower” (observation deck) – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., except Monday and Tuesday.
View of the Hermitage Pavilion:
Tsarskoe Selo: ticket prices, tours
The cost of tickets varies depending on the object, some attractions can be seen for free. The palace halls are visited by organized group tours, both by the staff of the State Museum of Fine Arts Tsarskoe Selo, and by certified tour guides from travel agencies.
You can make an excursion to Tsarskoe Selo by phone +7 (812) 465-21-96. The cost of the tour depends on the object and the number of the group.
- Our visitors are offered the following services: inhabitants of Russian Federation – 850 rubles, nonresidents – 1200 rubles, privileged categories (pensioners, students, cadets, workers of culture and arts) – 400-430 rubles, children under 16 – free of charge.
- Catherine Park: full ticket – 150 rubles, discount – 40 to 80 rubles, under 16 years old – free. Subscriptions (weekly, 1, 2, 3 months, seasonal).
- The Alexander Palace: the residents of the Russian Federation and EAEU states – 600 rubles, privileged categories (pensioners, students, cadets, workers of culture and art sphere) – 400 rubles, children under 16 years old – free of charge.
- Arsenal” Pavilion and Palace Church: full ticket – 250 rubles, concessional – 100-120 rubles.
- Museum “Russia in the Great War”: full ticket – 300 rubles, discount – 150 rubles.
- Alexander Park, Cameron Gallery, pavilions “Ruin Tower”, “Grotto”, “Concert Hall”, “Fiddler’s Arbour” and “Chapel” – free admission.
- Turkish Bath” pavilion: full ticket – 200 rubles, concessional – 100 rubles, under 16 years old – free.
- Hermitage” Pavilion: full ticket – 350 rubles, discount – 180 rubles.
- White Tower” Viewpoint: full ticket – 150 rubles, concessional ticket – 80 rubles, free for under 16 years old.
- Ferry crossing on Bolshoy Pond: full ticket – 200 rubles, concessional – 100 rubles.
The list of attractions is incomplete, only the most visited sites of the complex are listed. See a complete list on the website.
Panorama of the pavilion “Chappelle”:
You can buy tickets to the museum-reserve Tsarskoe Selo in the ticket offices, as well as on the website of the institution. Note that only full price tickets can be purchased online. Discount and free tickets for Tsarskoe Selo can be purchased only at the ticket office which is equipped with corresponding documents.
An overview of Pavilion “Arsenal”:
Permanent and temporary exhibitions
Guests of Tsarskoye Selo can see 4 main exhibitions:
- The Romanovs at Tsarskoye Selo. The exhibition features over 100 items that belonged to members of the royal family. There are parade outfits, furniture, interior elements etc.
- The Palace Church. The church is a splendid monument of Baroque architecture. It was founded in 1745 and destroyed several times. Today, visitors can see the preserved and restored interiors and frescoes.
- The memorial rooms of Alexander I. The halls display the emperor’s personal belongings – military uniforms, books, documents, seals and other artifacts.
- The court carriage at Tsarskoye Selo. One of the most interesting exhibitions at Tsarskoye Selo introduces visitors to 25 carriages of the imperial family.
In addition to permanent exhibitions the halls of the reserve have current exhibitions, which can last for several years. You can find an announcement of these events in a special section on the official site of the Tsarskoe Selo State Museum Preserve.
The museum complex offers a range of services for organizing celebratory events and entertaining walks in the territory of the reserve. Those who wish can rent the premises of some pavilions as well as the Great Throne Hall for weddings, conferences and other events.
Guests of Tsarskoye Selo can take electric cars, gondolas, and a ferry ride on the restored crossing that connects the “Hall on the Island” pavilion with Catherine’s Park.
For those who have decided to thoroughly explore the museums and exhibitions of the reserve, there is a hotel “Catherine,” as well as cafes and restaurants.
How to get to Tsarskoe Selo
The distance from St. Petersburg to Pushkin and the Reserve is 25 km. There are commuter trains and fixed-route cabs between the points, so it is not difficult to get to Tsarskoe Selo on your own.
Tourists and residents of the Northern capital can also buy a sightseeing bus tour to Pushkin. Offices of travel agencies can be found in the city center, near the Gostiny Dvor and other attractions.
There are commuter trains to Tsarskoe Selo
The trains to Pushkin depart from Vitebsky station in St. Petersburg. There are direct trains from Vitebsk station to “Tsarskoe Selo” in St. Petersburg. One way ticket about 50 rubles.
Timetable for “Vitebsky vokzal – Tsarskoe Selo” from Yandex. Timetable:
Routes and buses
There you can get from Saint-Petersburg to Tsarskoe Selo by route cabs and buses which depart from metro stations of blue line:
- from st. “Moskovskaya” – by shuttle-bus № 187;
- From st. “Kupchino” – by route taxi № K-342;
- from Zvezdnaya station – by bus #186, К-342 (stops at Kupchino station).
In addition to direct flights, there is a route to Pushkin train station. It is a bus number 187 from Moskovskaya. In Pushkin from the railway station to museum-reserve there are buses 371, 382 and taxis 371, 377, 382.
View of the railway station Tsarskoe Selo and the stop of public transport:
It will take about an hour to get there by car. From the center of the Northern capital, you need to follow in the direction of Pulkovo airport, along Vitebskiy avenue or Pulkovskiy highway. Then exit to the Peterburgskoe highway and go straight to your destination.
Near the museum complex there are paid and free parking. The paid parking lot is located at 1, Orangereynaya Street. It operates around the clock, the cost of the service is: 100 rubles per hour, 700 rubles per day. Free parking is located at the intersection of Kuzminskoe highway and Sobolevskoy road.
If you want to get to Tsarskoe Selo, take a cab. The trip will cost about 900 rubles one way. To order a car and find a better option, you can use Yandex. Cab, Veset, Taxovichkof, Uber, Gett, Maxim and others.
To Pushkin operates a transfer service from KiwiTaxi:
Video: Tsarskoe Selo – the official summer residence of the emperors of Russia
Tsarskoe Selo Museum & Reserve in Pushkin, Saint Petersburg, Russia – reviews
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Rich historical reserve, a day can not go around.
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A magnificent park. My unforgettable walk through it.
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In my humble opinion, Peterhof does not lose.
Beautiful landscaped area, a lot of pavilions and ensembles, the opportunity to visit the Catherine Palace.
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A beautiful place with history
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The main attraction of our city
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The coexistence of palace luxury and beauty of nature.
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A large village and it’s all a nature reserve
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My favorite place
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It’s a beauty.
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Not allowed close to the palace
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Very exciting and interesting.
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The majestic heritage of the times of the Tsars.
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Uniqueness, silence, grace
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Service left a lot to be desired.
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A dacha for the tsar
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