The Marble Palace in St. Petersburg is an architectural monument of the 18th century and a functioning museum, where exhibitions are regularly held. It was built between 1768 and 1785. by order of Empress Catherine II. The architect of the Marble Palace is the Italian Antonio Rinaldi.
Today the Marble Palace is one of the monuments of early classicism, its external facades made of natural stone have come down to us almost in their original form. Inside the building, you can see the preserved and restored interiors, as well as unique sculptures and bas-reliefs.
Of greatest interest is the Main Staircase - a sculptural ensemble of the 18th century. The halls and premises of the palace - the Neva Enfilade, the White (Gothic) Hall, the Greek Gallery, the Winter Garden, the Flower Garden, the Musical (Gothic) Room, the Marble Drawing Room and others - will not leave indifferent lovers of history and art.
Within walking distance from the palace there are other sights of the city on the Neva - the monument to A.V.Suvorov, the Field of Mars, the Eternal Flame, the Palace of the Prince of Oldenburg, the Summer Garden, the Mikhailovsky Castle, the sculpture Chizhik-Pyzhik, the Novo-Mikhailovsky Palace, A. S. Pushkin, Savior on Spilled Blood, etc.
Main entrance and patio:
In the courtyard there is a statue of Emperor Alexander III by the sculptor P. Trubetskoy. It was installed here in 1994, earlier it was in the funds of the Russian Museum.
Over the years, the palace has changed many owners. Initially, it was built for Count G. G. Orlov, who did not live to see the end of the construction. The residence was bought by Catherine II from the heirs of the prince and presented to the grandson of the empress - Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich. Subsequently, the palace was passed several times to the heirs of the royal family, the last of whom was the Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich (today there is a permanent exhibition dedicated to this figure in the halls of the palace).
After the 1917 revolution, the Ministry of Labor was housed in the Marble Palace, and a little later the Leningrad branch of the Central Lenin Museum. The building was transferred to the disposal of the State Russian Museum in 1991, after which restoration work began in it.
White Hall of the Marble Palace:
Exhibitions in the Marble Palace
There are permanent and temporary exhibitions in the halls of the complex. The permanent ones can be visited on any working day of the museum. You can follow the timing of temporary exhibitions on the website of the Russian Museum.
- "Collection of St. Petersburg collectors brothers Yakov Alexandrovich and Joseph Alexandrovich Rzhevsky" - about 500 works of art are presented - paintings, sculptures, graphics, furniture, porcelain and interior items of the second half of the 19th - early 20th centuries. Among the authors are I. Aivazovsky, B. Kustodiev, K. Petrov-Vodkin, I. Shishkin and many others.
- “The Ludwig Museum in the Russian Museum. World art of the twentieth century: ideas and directions " is an art gallery that presents the work of contemporary artists from the post-war period to the beginning of the 21st century. Visitors will be able to see unique works: "Portrait of P. Ludwig" by Andy Warhol, "Madonna" by Claudio Bravo, "Garden" by Ilya Kabakov, "Ruins" by Roy Lichtenstein and other works.
- "Konstantin Romanov - poet of the Silver Age"... Guests of the Marble Palace will be able to see the poet's study and personal belongings of the grandson of Emperor Nicholas I.
Opening hours of the Marble Palace
To visit the palace, you need to buy an entrance ticket. Visitors can book a guided tour or explore the halls on their own. The cost of tickets depends on citizenship, so it is recommended not to forget your passport, and for children to take a birth certificate.
Tickets can be purchased directly at the box office of the palace, or on the official website of the Russian Museum.
Hours of operation
The Marble Palace, like other branches of the Russian Museum, works according to the same schedule:
- Tuesday is a day off.
- Thursday: 13:00 to 21:00.
- Other days: from 10:00 to 18:00.
Please note that ticket offices close 30 minutes earlier.
In the Marble Palace you can use the services of a guide. During the sightseeing tour, guests will get acquainted with the history of the building, the biographies of its owners, examine the halls and interiors of the palace, as well as a unique collection of paintings by domestic and foreign artists of the second half of the 20th century. The duration of the tour is 1,5 hours.
The Marble Palace is located at Millionnaya Street, 5/1. The building occupies the space between Palace Embankment, Mramorny Lane and Millionnaya Street. This is the historical center of St. Petersburg, so the palace can be reached on foot from the nearest metro stations, or by public transport.
The nearest metro stations are within walking distance:
- Art. Nevsky Prospekt (blue line) - 1,6 km - along the Griboyedov embankment, through the Mikhailovsky Garden and the Field of Mars (20 minutes on foot);
- Art. Admiralteyskaya (purple line) - 1,7 km - along the Moika River embankment, then along Millionnaya Street (about 20 minutes);
- Art. Gostiny Dvor (green line) - about 2 km - along the Griboyedov embankment and across the Field of Mars (25 minutes on foot);
- Art. "Gorkovskaya" (blue line) - 1,5 km - along the Troitsky bridge (about 20 minutes on foot).
The Suvorovskaya Ploschad bus and tram stops are 260 meters from the Marble Palace. Buses No. 46, 49, minibus No. 76, trams No. 3 run here.
If you are heading to the palace from the center, it is more convenient to get there on foot, by public transport or by taxi (mobile apps Gett, Uber, Lucky, Taxovichkof, Concord, Yandex.Taxi, Maxim operate in the city). This will save you from having to look for a parking space and stand in traffic jams.