Imperial porcelain factory museum

imperial porcelain factory

imperial porcelain factorySt Petersburg is really famous for its porcelain produced by  Imperial Porcelain factory. Founded in 1744, the plant is still operating in our days. In my personal opinion, a porcelain piece  is the best present you can ever bring from St Petersburg: it’s locally made and the quality is so high that you can see its services in Russian royal palaces. The best pieces are collected in the museum of Imperial porcelain factory.
   The Imperial porcelain factory was founded during the reign of Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great. Porcelain was extremely popular and expensive in Europe and many states were struggling to create their own porcelain and those who were successful kept it in secret. The recipe of Russian  porcelain  was invented by Dmitry Vinogradov and the first items made were presented to the empress.

porcelain factory st petersburgImperial porcelain factory museum

At the end of 19th century emperor Alexander III ordered to create  all orders by royal family in duplicate so that one copy would be held in the porcelain factory museum. Today the  Museum is a branch of the State Hermitage.

The Imperial porcelain factory museum is small but very interesting: you can see items from the most beautiful Russian services, but for me the most mind-blowing part was “soviet propaganda” porcelain. Unfortunately it’s prohibited to take pictures in the museum.

How to visit Imperial porcelain factory museum?

Address: the museum  museum is located out of the city center close to the production plant, its address is Obukhovskoy oborony prospekt, 151. (Not far from Lomonosovskaya metro station)

Working hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10:30-18:00.  Sunday 10:30-17:00.

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