Stroganov Palace on Moika River
Stroganov Palace Interior
Stroganov Palace Interior

Stroganov Palace

Stroganov palace was built in 1720s on order of Stroganov family by Green Bridge across the Moika River. In 1742 baron Sergey Stroganov bought an incomplete two-storeyed house on the same site. Afterwards, all the buildings were rearranged into one palace complex by an architect Francesco Rastrelli in 1753-1754. The Stroganov dynasty used to own it until 1918.

Various important historical events took place in Stroganov palace. For example, in December 1766 the deputies were elected here in attendance of Empress Catherine II to create The New Statement of Legal Principles.

In 1918 Stroganov palace was nationalized and turned into "People’s memorial house", while the State Hermitage was responsible for arranging its exhibitions. In 1929 the palace premises were given to the All-Union Academy of Agricultural Sciences in order to establish the Plant Science Institute here. This stopped the existence of the palace as a museum. The Stroganovs’ collections of art were divided between different museums of Russia and partly sold abroad.

Only on 4 April 1988 the city council issued an order № 248 “To surrender the former Stroganov palace premises and transfer them under the jurisdiction of the Russian Museum”. The restoration works that lasted in 1989-2014 let the palace facades and interiors be reconstructed.

In 1992, according to the initiative of baroness Helene de Ludinghausen, who is baron Sergey Stroganov’s (1852-1923) grand-niece, the charity “Stroganov Foundation LTD” was established in US. It now aims to provide financial support for Stroganov palace restoration programs, as well as other palace museums’ of Saint-Petersburg and its suburbs. In addition, the organization takes part in the reconstruction of Russian churches. The main motive force of the foundation is its permanent head and treasurer Pierre Merle.

Opening hours

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday - 10.00 - 18.00

Monday - 10.00 - 20.00

Thursday - 10.00 - 21.00


Day-off - Tuesday

Visit to Stroganov Palace is included in:

Individual Tour