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The Mezzanine Floor of the Arsenal Wing

The mezzanine floor is a low story located between the ground and the first floors in the wings of Gatchina Palace. The Arsenal Wing (the right one) currently houses the exhibition “The Family of the Emperor Alexander III in Gatchina”. The following premises are available for viewing:

Marble Staircase
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The Marble Staircase suffered badly in the fire of 1944, but, fortunately, the architectural layout and some elements of the décor survived. This enabled a partial restoration in the 1950s.






Introductory displays

Gatchina Palace
The Emperor Alexander III and his family moved to Gatchina on March 27, 1881. They occupied the mezzanine floor with low vaulted ceilings and small rooms.






Bedroom of the Grand Duchess Ksenia Alexandrovna

Gatchina Palace
The furnishings of the Grand Duches’s bedroom were modest and typical of the period: a washing table, wardrobes, mirrors, a couch and arm-chairs.





Study of the Grand Duchess Ksenia Alexandrovna

Gatchina Palace
The apartments of Grand Duchess Ksenia Alexandrovna are noted for their exquisite character and stylistic unity.







Study of Grand Dukes

Gatchina Palace
The reproduced study of grand dukes shows typical interiors of the period arranged in the former dressing room 1 of the Emperor Alexander III.






Study of the Emperor Alexander III

Gatchina Palace

Emperor Alexander III chose this room as a study himself. He enjoyed wonderful views of the towers and the park.





Dining Room

Gatchina Palace
The Dining Room served as a gathering place for all the family and close people invited for dinner. Dishes were delivered by an elevator hidden behind an inconspicuous door.





Drawing Room of the Empress Maria Feodorovna

Gatchina Palace
The room was in use by Maria Feodorovna as a study, but also served as a drawing room for intimate meetings of the family members.






Bedroom of Alexander III and Maria Feodorovna

Gatchina Palace
The bedroom of Alexander III and Maria Feodorovna was the most spacious room on the mezzanine floor and corresponded to the Emperors tastes.