Yussoupov Palace Museum Introduces New Things and Keeps Traditions
St. Petersburg museum are preparing to the approaching 2017 tourist season: new exhibitions are launched, new rules are introduced, multi-media and interactive programs are tested. The Yussoupov Palace museum is not an exception. While keeping true to the traditions, they tend to look for new things widening the horizons of the museum work.
Traditionally, the Yussoupov Palace Museum tour includes main exposition with reception rooms, banquet and dancing Halls, the exquisite family theatre and the Rasputin murder part. The white banquet hall is newly open after the restoration again. This museum is one of the most frequently visited in St. Petersburg. Besides the traditional tour, one can opt to add a backstage tour to the private Yussoupovs’ theatre, see the actors’ changing rooms, walk on the stage and see how the old 19th century mechanisms draw the curtain up and change backdrops.
Everyday Life of a Noble Family back in the 19th Century Shown in the Yussoupov Palace Museum
When I was a kid, watching historic movies or reading historic books, I was always wondering about everyday life of all those gorgeous princesses or brave knights or daring pirates. What bathrooms did they have? Where did they keep all those dresses with huge skirts? How on earth did they manage to build those intricate hair-dos? These and many more questions were left unanswered in the Soviet Russia. In those days, Royal family and nobility surrounding them were depicted as cruel gods. Cruel gods eat excessively, don’t sleep, don’t use bathrooms and oppress. During the museum tours questions about everyday life of a noble family were considered inappropriate.
Time flies, politicians change, regimes die out. And now, when the Soviet Era seems like a distant dream, and I grew up to become a tour guide myself, I keep wondering, what everyday life was like back in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Luckily, I’m not the only one curious: many museum workers are keen on recreating and showing everyday life and habits of the past rather than pinning their attention entirely to the official balls and receptions. One of the first museums that started to show trivial everyday life things is the Yusosupov Palace museum.
Besides the impressive reception, dining and ball rooms, the home theatre and Grigory Rasputin exhibition, one can visit private rooms and boudoirs. Here one can see where the ladies spent their time, what hobbies and pastimes they had, where they kept their jewelry, where they bathed, what 19th century WCs looked like. The gentlemen’s quarters also feature studies, libraries and billiards rooms. Felix Yusosupov had a swimming pool to take a dive and a bachelor apartment (where he spent time when his wife was away).
You are welcome to take a break and have a cup of coffee or a snack in the former Yussoupovs’ kitchens. Authentic stoves and 19th century kitchenware will give you a good idea about a cook’s life and job. The Yussoupov Palace Museum intends to show the recently restored laundry and ironing rooms.
The museum workers have recently discovered a room that served as a walk-in closet with some hangers, rails and racks, travel chests and suitcases, gloves, hats, some dresses and footwear – everything to the last label written by the butler is unbelievably authentic and well-preserved.
Yussoupov Palace Museum for MICE and Incentives
The Yusosupov Palace Museum welcomes incentive groups and arranges beautiful banquets and musical and theatrical events upon request. This offer is valid for big groups as well as small private tours. I arranged special music events for private customers in the Yussoupov palace museum to celebrate anniversaries and as special presents.
The palace also recently maintained the former stables building. The plan is to recreate the garden pavilions. All those things widen the sphere of cooperation and event options for incentive groups.
During the presentation that the Yusosupov Palace Museum arranged for tour companies, a sample show was staged with an oriental dance that could have been danced here back in the times when the Yussoupovs threw the best balls and parties in all St. Petersburg (they say, even better than the Romanov-tsars).