Our Museum marks the centenary of the 1917 February and October revolutions in Russia with the Tsarskoye Selo 1917: On the Eve… exhibition, organized with participation from the State Archive of the Russian Federation in Moscow.
Held at the Cameron Gallery from 29 June 2017, the exhibition tells about the imperial summer residence and its owners in a borderline period between the two revolutions, when the epoch of the monarchy ceded to a new one that finally erupted with the October revolt.
Deprived of its imperial status, during that period Tsarskoye Selo was still the residence of Nicholas, who lived with his family in the Alexander Palace as Citizen Romanov arrested by the Russian Provisional Government.
In the spring of 1917, the Petrograd Art and History Commission examining palaces and mansions of St Petersburg aristocracy was sent to Tsarskoye Selo to make an inventory of all property and establish a museum at the former imperial residence. Materials of the Commission, as well as photographs, artworks, palace furnishings and memorial belongings of the imperial family that witnessed the revolutionary turmoil, are presented on the exhibition display. Nearly 150 objects are featured courtesy of the State Archive of the Russian Federation.