Chambers of the Romanov Boyars

Chambers of the Romanov Boyars


  • The family country estate of Romanov Boyars (15th-17th centuries) was restored in the 19th century by order of Alexander I, which happened to be the first scientific restoration undertaken in Moscow.
  • The Museum exhibits authentic historical items, including 16th- and 17th-century weapons, books, engravings, writing implements, chests and other objects.
  • This is Russia’s only museum introducing visitors to Moscow boyars’ patriarchal ways of life in the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • Visitors with strollers or in wheelchairs cannot enter the building due to its architectural design.
  • As of now, the Museum is closed for renovation.

The Chambers of the Romanov BoyarsRussian: Palaty Boyar Romanovykh, or Палаты бояр Романовых museum is situated in an historic building comprising of 15-17th century chambers near the Kremlin. It is part of a unique medieval architectural ensemble in Varvarka streetRussian: улицa Варваркa. The chambers are thought to be the birthplace of the first tsar of the Romanov dynastyrulers of Russia from 1613 until the Russian Revolution of February 1917 Mikhail Fyodorovich. The museum halls house themed displays and reconstructed interiors dedicated to the former estate residents’ life. Entering the museum feels like a trip to the 16th century, and it is worth a visit for all Russian history lovers.


spbr2_sThe family estate of the Romanov boyarsmembers of the highest rank of the feudal society in Russia was reconstructed in the 19th century on Emperor Alexander Ireigned as Emperor of Russia from 1801 to 1825’s orders. Following this, all the emperors from Alexander IIthe Emperor of Russia from 1855 until 1881 to Nicholas IIthe last Emperor of Russia visited the chambers to pay tribute to their ancestry. The restoration work conducted under architect F. Richter’s supervision brought back the chambers’ original look of an affluent boyar house of the 16-17th centuries. The museum was opened here in 1859. Both the lost architectural elements and the interiors of the building were reconstructed: glazed tile stoves, a wooden additional storey called gornitsa, the “boyar’s study”, the “dining chamber”, and others. The work conducted by F. Richter pioneered scientific building restoration in Moscow.

Nowadays of the estate

At present, the Romanovs’ chambers are decorated with dynasty symbols: the Romanovs’ family coat of arms – a griffin – was restored on the northern and the eastern facades by architect A. Chernousov. The genuinely historic exhibits impart a unique character to the museum. Here you can see authentic 16-17th century weapons (harquebuses, spikes, and cavalry swords), trunks, books and engravings, stationery and household objects such as furniture, clothes, fabric, trinkets, children’s toys, and silverware.

If the Russian history is a subject of your interest and you want to know, for example, what is the oldest church in Moscow, what are the famous monasteries around Moscow, which style of Moscow architecture you can see only in this town, you can read on our website pages about the Moscow Kremlin and “History and Architecture”.

Dedicated to different aspects of life

Здание палат бояр Романовых_3There are themed displays dedicated to different aspects of the estate residents’ life. Thus, the boyar’s study features objects reflecting his educational background, hobbies, and ongoing work. The objects in the maidens’ room reflect how women spent their days in the 16-17th centuries: weaving, embroidery, and raising children. The dining chamber will acquaint you with the traditions of hospitality and feasts in medieval Rus’. There is also authentic silverware from the collection of the State Historical Museum on display. The walls of the dining chamber are lined with a brocade restored according to the remaining 19th century samples. The coats of arms and cyphers of the boyar family are placed on the walls of the chambers lined with brocade and leather wall paper.

Палаты внутриIn the ‘podklet’ (cellar), you can see a reconstructed traditional Russian stove and household utensils of the 16-17th centuries. An authentic 16th century oven, found during the archaeological excavations of Zaryadyea historical district in Moscow established in 12th or 13th century within Kitai-gorod, can be seen in the underground part of the museum complex. There are also archaeological artifacts of the 12 – 16th centuries which speak volumes about the ZaryadieRussian: Зарядье region in Moscow and the Romanov boyars’ estate in different historical periods.


The main chambers ‘on the upper cellars’ dating back to the 15-17th centuries have survived to this day. They frequently suffered from fires and were rebuilt more than once. These chambers are considered to be the birthplace of the first tsar of the Romanov dynasty Mikhail Fyodorovich. He was crowned at 16, thus laying the foundation of the 300-year dynasty. It was in these chambers that Tsarina Anastasiya Zakharjina-Yurieva, the first wife of Ivan the Terriblereigned from 1533 to 1584 and the mother of Fyodor Ioannovich, the last tsar of the Rurik dynastya dynasty founded by the Varangian prince Rurik, was born.

House of boyars RomanovsOriginally, in the 15th century, the merchant Khovrins’ farmstead stood in this place. They built the white-stone podklet to store expensive goods and the first buildings. Later the Yuriev-Romanov boyars purchased the farmstead and turned it into a vast estate where stone chambers with numerous backyard buildings, ice cellars, and barns appeared. The boyars were keen on western culture, maintained relations with the English people who lived in the neighbouring Old English Estate, and collected books by western authors. The link to western culture and the good educational background of this family are reflected in the museum display too. In the 17th century Tsar Mikhail Ithe first Russian Tsar of the house of Romanov ordered the laying of the foundations of a convent on the site of the estate in honour of the family relic – the icon of Our Lady of the SignRussian: ikona Znameniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsyi or икона Знамения Пресвятой Богородицы. The rector of the convent was also accommodated in the chambers.




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10 Varvarka Street, Moscow


Museum Opening Hours / Ticket Office Opening Hours

Mo*: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (ticket office till 5 p.m.)
We: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (ticket office till 6 p.m.)
Th: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (ticket office till 5 p.m.)
Fr: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (ticket office till 5 p.m.)
Sa: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (ticket office till 5 p.m.)
Su: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (ticket office till 5 p.m.)

*Except first Monday of each month

Days off

Tuesday, first Monday of each month

Ticket Price

From 100 to 500 rubles depending on visitor category and programme of visits.
Photo and video filming is included in the ticket price.

Visiting Rules


Additional Information

The museum is closed for restoration until the end of 2017


Griffin, the symbol of the House of Romanov
Dining room
Inside the Palace
Household objects of the Romanovs
Inside the Palace
Inside the Palace
Household objects
Nicholas II of Russia
Michael I of Russia
Moscow Palace of the Romanov Boyars
Moscow Palace of the Romanov Boyars. Architectural details
Moscow Palace of the Romanov Boyars
Moscow Palace of the Romanov Boyars
Alexis of Russia
Alexander II of Russia
Moscow Palace of the Romanov Boyars. An old photo
Moscow Palace of the Romanov Boyars
Moscow Palace of the Romanov Boyars
Moscow Palace of the Romanov Boyars
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Visitor rating:   4.5

April 2016
The chambers are beautifully restored; the preserved cellar and the ground floor are very impressive. Fabrics, weapons, household items, painting are great. Nobody rushes, it was a pleasure to see ornaments and fabrics in the chambers. When we were already tired a little, the palace benches delighted us. There are flowers outside and everything is well-kept. Very exciting for adults and children. Be careful on the stairs and with the ceiling. Though you can understand how the boyars had been living in Moscow in those days. You can take pictures without using flash.

March 2016
It's an interesting museum! It gives a full and visual idea of life and households in Moscow in the 16th-17th centuries.
There are boyar chambers, painted ceilings, walls decorated with various materials, household utensils, books, etc. All this creates a sense of presence in the old days! This is not a movie, it's real!

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