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St. Petersburg Faberge museum

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Would you like to see the best collection of Faberge masterpieces in the world? If so, St. Petersburg Faberge museum should be on your to-do list. You will see here not only the works of Carl Faberge but also a unique unparalleled collection of Russian enamels, including more than a hundred works made in the studio of Feodor Ruckert – an unprecedented number of works for a single collection. The exclusivity of St. Petersburg Fabergé museum collection also comes from the fact that this collection represents all of the areas the House of Faberge specialized in: objects of fantasy of all kinds, jewelry, small goods, silverware, and interior and religious objects. In addition to works by Fabergé, the collection also includes works by his contemporaries, including famous Russian jewelers and silversmiths such as Sazikov, Ovchinnikov, Khlebnikov, Rückert and many others.

The history of Faberge museum

The official opening of the first privately owned Faberge museum took place in St. Petersburg in 2013 in the Shuvalov palace. The Faberge museum was founded by the Link of Times Cultural-Historical Foundation, established in 2004 by the Russian entrepreneur Viktor Vekselberg with the purpose of repatriating lost cultural valuables to Russia. The idea of creating a museum dedicated to the creative work of the great Russian jeweler Carl Faberge came to the Link of Times Foundation after the purchase of a unique collection of Faberge works owned by Malcolm Forbes. Stating from this moment, the Foundation started forming the collection of Russian decorative-applied art and fine arts, which as of today contains more than 4000 works, and in terms of its size and the superlative quality of its works has become one of the best collections in the world.

What you will see in Faberge museum

During the tour of St Petersburg Faberge museum, you’ll see a collection of Russian silverware made in the 19th century. In the magnificent Blue room they display nine Imperial Easter Eggs with surprises made to the order of the last of the Romanovs – the Emperors Alexander III and Nicholas II. This collection is the best in the world in terms of its number of large Easter Eggs made by House of Faberge: there are 14 Faberge eggs altogether in the Blue Room. The House of Faberge created 50 imperial eggs altogether. Each one of them took a year’s worth of work, starting just after Easter, and was barely finished by Holy Week a year later, after which Carl Faberge personally delivered each new Easter masterpiece to the Tsar. In the Gold room you will find on display gifts from the Tsar, fantasy objects made by Faberge masters and gold presentation boxes. Furthermore, St. Petersburg Faberge museum has a great collection of Russian porcelain of the 19th century, mainly made by the Imperial Porcelain Plant as well as the works with enamel of the leading Russian firms.

 

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Notes for the visitors of Faberge museum in St. Petersburg

Please note, that arranging a private tour at this museum is quite expensive. The admission fee is USD 300 per group of 2-15 persons. The museum also arranges scheduled tours in English daily during the high season, but they publish the schedule a week in advance and only offer one tour in English a day with only 10 spots in the group. The start time is always different that is why it is almost impossible to incorporate this tour into a full-day tour itinerary. That is why we suggest you explore the museum freely with an audio guide, then the admission fee is about USD 12 per person and the start and end time of the tour is flexible.

Closed: on Friday

Duration of an inside tour: 1 hour

Official web site: St. Petersburg Faberge museum

Please contact us if you would like to arrange a tour.

 

Please see below the itineraries that cover Faberge museum in St. Petersburg

  • Three-day intensive tour

    Three-day intensive tour

    4.7
    175 votes

    This tour includes everything you might want to see having just 3 days in St. Petersburg! Every minute counts!

    29 hours

    From: $550

    Highlights: Pushkin, Peterhof, the Hermitage, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Church on the Spilt Blood, subway, river tour, Pavlovsk palace, farmer's market, Peter & Paul's fortress, Faberge museum, Nevsky Avenue

  • See-it-all tour

    See-it-all tour

    4.6
    432 votes

    This tour includes all the must-sees of the city. It doesn't leave you much free time but helps to make the most out of the time you have in St. Petersburg. This is the most often requested tour program from the tourists who come to our city just for 2 days.

    19 hours over 2 days

    From: $380

    Highlights: Peter and Paul's fortress, Catherine's palace in Pushkin (Amber room), Peterhof fountain park, Hermitage with early entrance, Church on the Spilt Blood, rivers and canals boat tour, Yusupoff's palace OR Faberge museum

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