The wooden palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich with 270 rooms decorated with paintings and carvings was built in 1667 without using any fasten materials, nails or hooks. It consisted of 26 buildings connected with each other by passages and halls. The whole complex was divided into male and female parts. The male part included ceremonial chambers, chambers of the Tsar and of his sons, while the female part belonged to the Tsarina and to the Tsar’s daughters.
After the death of Alexei Mikhailovich the palace was rebuilt. During the XVIII century it was gradually falling into decay despite all efforts to save it. On October 4,1962, Catherine the Great inspected the palace and even ordered to carry out some minor restoration work. But the palace was not destined to be her Moscow residence (see Tsaritsyno). In 1768, Catherine ordered to demolish wooden palace which was dilapidated by then.
Two centuries later, in 1990s, authorities begun its reconstruction, which was based on archaeological and historical researches. By this time the original basement of the palace was covered with a centuries-old forest. Thus the building was decided to be relocated to the far end of Kolomenskiy park. The palace was turned into the museum where currently visitors can see the every day life of the Tsar’s family.
Tuesday-Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00, Monday is a day off. Ticket offices open from 10.00 to 17.30
Entrance fee :
Male chambers: 250 rub
Woman chambers: 200 rub
Combined ticket (both male and female chambers): 350 Rub
– Children aged under 7
– ICOM members
– Students with ISIC cards
– Persons accompanying visitors with limited mobility
– Free entrance to all on 3rd Sunday of each month.
In addition, visitors can do a costume photo shoot in the unique interiors of the Wooden Palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich. Just choose one of the eight special costumes of Russian aristocracy created based on the paintings and sketches of the XVII century. Tickets are sold at the box office, located in the hall of the main entrance.
To get to the wooden palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich
The palace is located in the Kolomenskoye park. The closest metro station is Kashirskaya. Exit from the last carriage of the train from the downtown, turn right in the underpass, at the exit of metro turn left toward the tunnel which leads to the park entrance.
Latitude: 55°40′5″ N (55.668056);
Longitude: 37°40′10″ E (37.669444)
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