The Falconry at the Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich Courtyard exposition was created in Kolomenskoye, at the reconstructed Falconry Yard. The exposition is devoted to the long-age falconry tradition of Russian Princes and Tsars that reached its acme in the reign of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich. At that time, the Russian Falconry Yard was the most large-scale and high-quality falconry practices in Europe.
The Falconry Yard is a household complex intended for keeping hunting birds. In the second half of the XVII century various kinds of falcons and hawks were kept at the palace “for the birds’ sport”.
The Falconry Yard reconstruction was based on archives. The complex has been designed in the same manner as peasants’ farm typical of Kolomenskoye. A rural house dating back to the first half of the XIX century was used as an authentic prototype for the main building of the Yard.
The Falconry complex comprises a house and a hedged yard with a closed aviary for hunting birds. Falconry Yards were traditionally built not far from the water, the habitation place for various kinds of birds that were caught for teaching the young hunting birds (falcons, merlins, peregrine falcons, and hawks) and training the adult ones at the largest closed paddock.
The exposition at the house is arranged as a large open book the pages of which are devoted to various topics related to falconry (e.g. Prikaz of Secret Affairs that among other missions was in charge of the Tsar’s hunting, or Great Martyr Tryphon, patron saint of falconry hunters). A detailed and exciting story about the Russian falconry traditions beginning from the XV century and the origin of Moscow toponyms connected with falconry will by a picturesque addition to the exposition. In the showcases you can see authentic items such as a collection of glazed tiles dated from XVII to XIX century, hunters’ trappings, and dummies of birds of the breeds that were used in the falconry.
You will be able to watch a documental film on falconry. Live hunting birds (saker falcons and goshawks, the breeds traditionally used by the Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich) make an integrate part of the exposition.
You can visit the whole complex in spring and summer time.