The palace is smaller than Hermitage in Saint-Petersburg, and it’s very different- not so rich and pompous, but laconical and also intimate.
The museum opens at 11am, so if you are from SaintPete you would have enough time for breakfast and getting to Gatchina. There are is a relatively small parking in front of museum, so before 11am its easy to find free place for your car.
We visited Gatchina in company with two families, ladies and children decided to visit nice garden around museum, I am with my friend spent about 2 hours in palace.
The story of this museum is very sad- it was destroyed during the war, by invaders, and by fire in 1944. The government decided not to restore this museum, but the decision was changed in 1970 and restoration started. There are a lot of rooms inside of museum still not completed, and several of them are available for visitors- it's very strange to see luxurious rooms in neighborhood with naked brick and cement. The renovation plan continues to 2060!
The exhibition of hunting weapon is rich, and attracting for every man. A lot of monarch's guns, knives, sword, musket... Everything is rich decorated, and also it's very interesting to see an evolution of firearms.
The throne hall is quite small, but impressive anyway. There are some other interesting rooms, like bedroom and circular cabinet.
The staff in the museum is kindly and high motivated, so we got a lot of details over the notes near display items.
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