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  • Address: 21, Fontanka River Embankment, St Petersburg, Russia
  • Hours: Open Sat–Thur 10am–9pm
  • Admission: 300 RUB

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Fabergé Museum Tours

Peter Carl Fabergé was born in St Petersburg in 1846 and went into the family jewelry business. Appointed to serve the Russian court in 1885, he became the darling of the ill-fated Russian Imperial family for his intricate golden eggs, jewelry and ornate carved clocks. Following the assassination of the Romanovs in 1918, the Bolsheviks stole the Imperial jewelry collection and Fabergé fled to Lausanne, Switzerland, where he died two years later.

In over 35 years of Tsarist patronage, Faberge, his diamond cutters and goldsmiths created 54 gold eggs for them to mark significant occasions from coronations to royal weddings; of these, only 47 are accounted for. Post Communism, Russia has been quietly buying back its cultural heritage, and as the most famous name in Tsarist decorative arts, the fabulously bling Fabergé eggs were deservedly awarded their own museum in 2013. Located in the equally blinging Shuvalov Palace dating from 1840, the collection celebrates Russian craftsmanship at its very peak and is approached by a magnificent sweeping staircase. Passing through a sumptuous series of apartments reveals priceless Russian silverware, military portraits, diamond-studded trinket boxes, enameled porcelain, icons and paintings by Russian Impressionists. The absolute stars of the collection are the exquisite Fabergé Easter Eggs beautifully displayed in the grand, gilded central ballroom of the palace.

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21, Fontanka River Embankment, St Petersburg. Open Sat–Thur 10am–9pm. Admission by guided tour only until after 6pm, then individual visits permitted; both are 300 RUB (audio-guide 150 RUB). Purchase tickets a week in advance online or on the day at the museum ticket office (open Sat–Thur 9.30am–8.15pm). Take the metro to Gostiny Dvor station then a 10-minute walk along Nevsky Prospekt.

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