In 2013 a permanent exhibition “Collection of furniture of the XVIII – early XX century” was opened for visitors. The collection is taken from the decorative and applied arts fund of the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg.

The decorative and applied arts fund collection of the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg has about 6000 items: furniture (about 4000 items), clocks and illumination devices of the XVIII – XX centuries. Only a small part of this vast collection is displayed at the exhibitions of the museum. The purpose of opening a permanent exhibition “Collection of furniture of the XVIII – early XX century” is to familiarize the public with the best works of furniture making from the museum collection.

The exhibition displays more than 500 pieces of furniture: living room sets, dining room sets, sofas, armchairs, tables, chairs, banquettes, chests of drawers, wardrobes, cupboards, incense burners, fireplace screens, etc. Here a visitor can see furniture manufactured in different countries of Western Europe but the biggest part of the collection is presented by Russian “household” furniture. Among the earliest exhibit items – a chair of Peter the Great’s epoch, Russian trunk and chests of the XVIII century and French chests of drawers of the second half of XVIII century. There are a lot of samples of furniture of well-known St. Petersburg workshops: German Byuhtger, Sergey Zimin, Heinrih Gambs, Fedor Meltzer, as well as items created from sketches by famous architects: Leo von Klenze, Luigi Rusca, Vasily Stasov. Interesting is the collection of bent “Viennese” furniture of companies “Thonet Brothers,” “Jacob and Josrf Kohn” and ” Wojciechow”.

The exhibited collection of furniture of different styles and different eras will give an idea of how the interiors of St. Petersburg sitting-rooms, studies and dining-rooms looked like for more than two centuries.


Monday, Friday. Session times: 15:00

Visits to the exhibition only as a part of organized groups. Groups: maximum15 people.

Tickets: full – 350 rubles, student – 200 rubles. Tickets can be bought in the Boathouse.