The Horse Yard comprises the groom’s house with a harness workshop, a barn where carriages and harness were stored, a working stable with a smithy and a hayloft, and a house for the staff. The tours are focused on the general history and practice of horse breeding in Russia while the ‘Groom’s Yard’ museum complex introduces into the rural horse breeding and the history of its development.
Authentic buildings of Kolomenskoye village that have not survived to our days served as a prototype for the Groom’s Yard. The main house was reconstructed by the example of a certain house once situated in the village of Sadovniki near Kolomenskoye.
At the turn of the XX century, there were no households without a horse in Kolomenskoye. The horses were used to go out, for field works and for horse-drawn means of transport. Rich peasants had draught horses and hired workers to organize transportation, which brought additional income.
The harness maker’s work was of great value as a beautiful harness was a brand mark for each peasant. Masters of this occupation made leather harness, saddles and other similar equipment as well as decorative facing for carriages and mended the old one. An old saying that shows the customary attitude to the harness maker says: “A harnessman is a colonel, and a tailor is a mayor”.
The exposition introduces into the traditional principles of a peasant’s dwelling arrangement at the turn of the XX century and to show one aspect of his life connected with the horse – the main helper in the household.
We would like to invite you to a riding tour around Kolomenskoye in horse carriages!
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.
Age category: 6+
‘Kolomenskaya’ subway station