The House of Tsar Peter I from Holland

The Copy House of Tsar Peter I from Holland is located close to the Museum of Wooden Architecture and a mill on the small Zhuzha River. It is a unique museum exposition that was created by the Moscow State Integrated Museum-Reserve experts in cooperation with the Zaans Museum, the Netherlands. The copy in Kolomenskoye is a full-size reproduction of the original Czar Pieterhuisje from the town of Zaandam where Tsar Peter I arrived in August 1697 and stayed for 8 days studying shipbuilding at the local dockyard.

In the two small rooms, at a total area of 42 square metres, you will see reproduced interior elements, including a fire-place faced with Dutch ceramic tiles and a sleeping closet of Peter I. The unique item is a XVII century forged window hinge from the original Czar Pieterhuisje in Zaandam, a gift of the Zaans Museum directorate on the occasion of the copy House opening in Kolomenskoye.

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You can see portraits of Peter I and his wife Catherine I of Russia, graphical works and Christ Not Made by Hands, a sacred icon that the Tsar took with him in all his campaigns. On the desk that Tsar Peter I worked at when studying naval science you can find technical drawings and books on shipbuilding, maps and a model of a Dutch vessel.

The multimedia part of the exposition focuses on the history of the Grand Embassy, a Russian diplomatic mission to Western Europe undertaken by Peter I in 1697–1698. The interactive map can help not only to trace the run of the Grand Embassy but also to see countries and cities Tsar Peter I visited, to find out what knowledge he acquired in Europe and how he used it for future reforms in Russia. A special section of the electronic exposition tells about the Tsar’s stays at Kolomenskoye, the Russian sovereigns’ favourite country residence. And a documentary film will explain how a copy House of Peter I appeared on the Zhuzha River in Kolomenskoye.

For the visitors’ convenience all the written explanations are given in Russian, Dutch and English. The visitors can also enjoy a new audio-guide tour around the House in two languages (Russian and English).

Age category: 6+

The exposition is open from April till October.

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