Builder, Sailor and Hero

The House of Peter I is located at the Tsar’s Courtyard complex of Kolomenskoye. This ‘travelling’ dwelling of Tsar Peter, called  ‘Palace’ in the XVIII-XIX century documents, was built by Russian and Dutch masters in 1702 on the St. Mark Island at the outfall of the Northern Dvina River near Archangelsk. Like all North Russian buildings of the time, the house was built of large logs, insulated with moss and had low doorways and isinglass windows. The tsar lived in the house in the summer of 1702 for two and a half months supervising the construction of the wooden Novodvinsky fort and warships.

After the departure of Peter I, the house faced almost complete devastation and in order to save it from floods it was transported to Novodvinsky Fort and later on, in 1877, to the Northern Dvina embankment in the centre of Archangelsk, and protected with a wooden shelter consequently replaced with a stone one.

In the 1930s, Archangelsk authorities decided to disassemble the House. The monument was rescued and moved to Kolomenskoye in 1934 thanks to the efforts of prominent architect and restorer Peter Baranovsky, founder and first director of the Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve.

The exposition of the only extant dwelling of Peter I in Moscow reproduces the early XVIII century interior and tells about the wide interests of the Russian Tsar and reformer. Surviving descriptions of the house helped to restore the entryway, study, dining room, sleeping chamber and other premises where now you can see authentic items of the epoch from the museum collection.

Age category: 6+

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m., on Saturdays from 11 a.m. till 7 p.m., closed on Mondays.

Tickets are available at the museum ticket offices from 10 a.m. till 5.30 p.m., on Saturdays from 11 a.m. till 6.30 p.m.

‘Kolomenskaya’ subway station