Open: 13 July - 21 October 2012
An Enlightened Empress
Venue: Exhibition Gallery 1, Level 3, National Museum of Scotland
Cost: Members free, adults £9, concessions* £7.50, youth 12-15 years £6.00, child under 12 years free. ArtPass holders receive 50% discount.
* 60+, students and unemployed with ID, disabled people. Carers of disabled people free.
Booking: Book tickets online, in person at the Museum or call 0300 123 6789.
Sharp, funny, generous, iron-willed and passionate, Catherine the Great was one of Russia’s most successful rulers and one of the greatest art collectors of all time. Presented in partnership with the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, this unique exhibition is showing only in Edinburgh.
Explore Catherine’s reign through her collections, which vividly reflect her own interests and provide a fascinating glimpse of the wealth and magnificence of the Imperial Russian court. Learn of a woman who won wars and built palaces, wrote plays and books, built a rollercoaster for her own entertainment and who put Russia firmly on the cultural map of Europe.
The exhibition features more than 600 priceless works collected by the Empress. See spectacular paintings, outstanding costumes and uniforms, dazzling cameos, snuffboxes and jewellery, hunting weapons and exquisite works of art seldom seen outside Russia.