The palace was a gift of Catherine the Great to her favorite grandson Alexander, future emperor Alexander the First, for his marriage to the princess Elizaveta Alekseevna. In May 1796, the couple moved to the elegant classical building designed by the Italian architect Giacomo Quarengi.
In the early 20th century the palace became the permanent residence of Nicolas the Second. Here passed the last 13 years of his reign and from here he was exiled to the Siberian city of Tobolsk together with his family. They didn’t know at that time that they were leaving this dearest place forever…
In 1996, following all the Soviet and WWII troubles the restoration works started. In a year the first restored private rooms of Nicolas II and his wife Alexandra were opened to the public. The works are in progress and today you can see more.
Address: 2 Dvortsovaya ul., Pushkin
Open 10:00 - 18:00
Closed on Tuesday, last Monday every month