State Historical Museum to open its ‘real’front doors for the first time in 30 years

State Historical Museum to open its ‘real’front doors for the first time in 30 years
Visitors will be able to enter the museum from the front entrance in the same way as the royal family and other guests of honour used to do.

The State Historical Museum will open its front entrance from Red Square for the first time in 30 years on 1 June  to mark its 145th anniversary.

“The museum’s architectural and art project was designed so that a visitor could open the heavy oak doors and find himself or herself in the front hall and then move on to the exhibition halls,” the museum’s press service said.

The front entrance was used until the complex restoration took place between 1986-1997 when a new entrance was opened from Voskresensky Proyezd.

The press service said the museum was marking its 145th anniversary this year. The entrance will be open until September.

It was the front entrance that Emperor Alexander III and his wife Maria Fyodorovna used along with Great Prince Sergei Alexandrovich and Princess Yelizaveta Fyodorovna, and other honourable guests.

The front entrance will allow visitors to fully admire the dome ceiling of the front hall featuring the genealogical tree of the Russian tsars, from Prince Vladimir and Princess Olga to Emperor Alexander III. Gallery domes of the museum are adorned with symbols of the territories that used to belong to the Russian Empire under Alexander III.

The museum will run seven days a week from 1 June until 31 August. Exhibitions in the main building will be open every day as well as the expositions of the War of 1812 Museum.

The State Historical Museum was founded on 9 February 1872 by Emperor Alexander II and opened in May 1883 by Alexander III. More information about the museum, which is celebrating its 145th anniversary this year, is available in this mos.ru article.