The lavish Suvalov Palace is now the museum of Fabergé, with the largest collection of Fabergé eggs in the world.
The lavish Suvalov Palace is now the museum of Fabergé, with the largest collection of Fabergé eggs in the world. Many in the collection were commissioned by the last Russian emperors, Alexander III and Nicholas II, when Russia was considered unparalleled in silver and gold decorative arts by European society. The Museum was established in 2004, when founder Viktor Vekselberg set out to return culturally-significant artefacts and artwork to Russia so that they could be enjoyed by the Russian people. The nine Fabergé eggs at the centre of the collection were purchased from America by Vekselberg in 2004 for $100 million. Look out for the first egg that Fabergé created for Tsar Alexander III, made in 1885. Commissioned as a gift for the Tsarina, the egg opens to reveal a gold yolk.
The Palace is a suitably grand home for these pieces of art. The Grand Staircase dates back to the 1840s. When you walk in, make sure to look up to see the intricately decorated stucco dome above it. Visit the Red Room which is dedicated to silver pieces, whilst the Anteroom shows household items including clocks and rare Faberge jewellery. The Gothic Hall has classic Russian Orthodox items from the 16th to the 20th century.