Hong Kong Museum of History: Tsarskoye Selo

Let’s continue with the theme of yesterday’s post: exhibitions. I’ve been to another great one that I’d like to share with you: Treasures from Tsarskoye Selo – which is the residence of the Russian Monarchs. This exhibition is on at the Hong Kong Museum of History from Oct 29, 2014 to March 16, 2015.

Tsarskoye Selo 1 in the Hong Kong History Museum

It is an exhibition organised by the Russia State Museum for Tsarskoye Selo and it took three years to plan and organise. Once you go to the show, you will understand why it took so long to prepare. There are over 200 items on loan including paintings, costumes, porcelain, weapons and works of art – everything from the early eighteenth to the early twentieth century around the time of the Romanov dynasty. And I am not talking small items, there are some big carriages, lots of costumes and valuables that have been brought to Hong Kong.

Tsarskoye Selo 2 in the Hong Kong History Museum

Not only are those items magnificent to look at, the curators of the show created an extravagant setting – with 3D installations so you can walk through the amber room or the blue dressing room. There are lots of videos and pictures to show how the Russian Monarchs lived – but also how the place was damaged in the second world war and how long it took to repair it (still unfinished). It is a well-thought through show, with 7 big rooms and at least 12 multimedia installations – to take you back to Russia in the early eighteenth to the early twentieth century.

Tsarskoye Selo 3 in the Hong Kong History Museum

We spent almost 2 hours at the exhibition, and we did not even read every description or watch every video – and we thoroughly enjoyed it. I can strongly recommend this exhibition to you – and for 20HKD this is really a bargain (info about opening hours etc. here). So what are you waiting for?

Tsarskoye Selo 4 in the Hong Kong History Museum

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2 responses to “Hong Kong Museum of History: Tsarskoye Selo

  1. I saw this exhibit on Boxing Day. Was it really three years in the making? I wonder if the tour guides trained that long before taking visitors around. Mine was very good, even if she made a few errors. Her pride in her work mattered more.

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