Izmailovo Museum Reserve

Izmailovo Museum Reserve


  • The history of the Izmailovo Estate dates back to the 17th century. Here was the residence of Tsar Alexis Mikhailovich Romanov and his family.
  • A picturesque island, surrounded by water and hidden from the city bustle.
  • Perfectly preserved Front and Rear gates of the State Palace, as well as the Bridge Tower, built in the 17th century.
  • The Pokrovsky Cathedral of the 17th century. Having a height of 57 meters, it was one of the most impressive buildings of the time.
  • The Museum offers many excursions and events for children and adults in Russian

193_image1_sThe Izmailovo museum reserveRussian: Muzey-zapovednik Izmaylovo or Музей-заповедник Измайлово is located on the historic site of the Tsar’s CourtRussian: Gosudarev dvor or Государев двор, a vast architectural ensemble originally built during the reign of the first tsars of the Romanov dynastyrulers of Russia from 1613 until the Russian Revolution of February 1917. Most of it has survived relatively unscathed until the present day. Today, you can see the stately Pokrovsky CathedralRussian: Pokrovskiy sobor or Покровский собор, the unique Mostovaya TowerRussian: Mostovaya bashnya or Мостовая башня, the Front and Back GatesRussian: Perednie i Zadnie v'ezdnyie vorota or Передние и Задние въездные ворота, a chain of ponds, and administrative premises dating back to the 17-19th centuries. Nowadays, the exhibition entitled ‘Izmailovo: a 17th-Century Family Estate of the Tsar’ stands as the cornerstone of the museum, which also regularly hosts temporary exhibitions. In close proximity to the museum are the Izmailovo KremlinRussian: Izmaylovskiy Kreml or Измайловский Кремль, an archaized entertainment complex, and the famous Izmailovo VernissageRussian: Izmaylovskiy vernisazh or Измайловский вернисаж.


The first owner of this locality was boyara member of the highest rank of the feudal society in Russia Nikita Romanov, brother of Ivan the Terribleruled from 1533 to 1584’s wife Anastasia Romanova. The estate changed hands for a long time moving from one representative of the dynasty to another. Thriving and decaying in different periods, it witnessed pompous celebrations, the tsars’ hunting excursions, and the visits of important guests.

196_image2_sIzmailovo is rightfully considered to be the cradle of the Russian fleet because it was here that young Peter the Greatruled from 1682 to 1725 discovered a small boat once brought by English merchants to the Romanovs; and later, having launched it, developed a life-long passion for seafaring and shipbuilding. To commemorate this event, a monument to Peter the Great by Lev Kerbel was erected in Izmailovo. The boat is now glorified as ‘the Grandfather of the Russian Fleet’ and is now still in St. Petersburg, where it was brought by Peter the Great personally.

During the reign of Tsar Alexisthe tsar of Russia from 1645 until 1676, Izmailovo looked more like European botanical gardens because mulberry trees, vines, water melons, melons, date trees, almond trees, cotton, peppers, cornel trees, Hungarian pears, and many more were grown here. The Tsar, who was passionate about gardening, created a nursery as his favoured place to relax, far from the maddening crowds. On his orders, the local rivers were dammed, creating a beautiful island where the Tsar’s Court was built. A lot of workmen from different countries including gardeners, glass blowers, builders, and craftsmen were commissioned for the project.

.The stately Pokrovsky Cathedral built in 1671 – 1679 under the supervision of apprentice Ivan Kuznechik became the focal point of the ensemble. The monarch loved to pray there. The cathedral is decorated with gigantic panels made up of traditional Russian ceramic tiles and is now seen as the symbol of Izmailovo.

Next to the cathedral, there used to be a vast palace which was the seat of the Tsar’s government, the Boyar Dumathe royal council or the upper strata of the ruling elite in Russia of 15th-17th centuries – in Peter the Great’s time, the Senate sat there. Along the perimeter, the palace was surrounded by cellars and iced cellars, living chambers and watchtowers. One of these watchtowers, Mostovaya Tower, is still preserved. Squat and mighty, this barbican protected the palace on the side of the dam. Nowadays, the tower functions as a museum.

In the 19th century, the estate was rebuilt and used as a military almshouse. This historic estate became part of the Moscow State Integrated Museum-Reserve in 2007.

This sight is located far away from the city center, and it is comfortable to use a taxi to reach it. If you are interested in cabs in Moscow, you can read about it on our website page “Taxi in Moscow”.


202_image8_sThe museum exhibits unique objects which take you back to life in Izmailovo, when it was the Tsar’s family estate. Among the exhibits, you can see portraits of the Romanov dynasty tsars, 17-18thcentury furniture and tableware, the interior of peasant dwellings, and household objects.

The unique maps, drawings, and detailed descriptions kept in the museum offer an opportunity to track the transformation of a small village into the ensemble which became the Tsar’s favourite place. Of special interest is the architecture of the buildings – it is virtually an encyclopedia of different architectural styles. You will be able to see the almshouse buildings designed by architect Konstantin Thon in the 19th century and the cast-iron gate serving as the main entrance to the island, as well as the genuinely antique cathedral and barbican tower. Tourist groups can climb the tower to admire the view of the whole island or take part in fancy dress tours.

© 2016-2023
How interesting and useful was this article for you?
total number of grades: 4, average rating: 4.50 (from 5)
Open the map in new window

Between Third Ring Road and Moscow Ring Road

Nearest Metro Station



Bld. 14, 2 Gorodok imeni Baumana, Moscow


Museum Opening Hours / Ticket Office Opening Hours

In summertime (from April 1 to September 29)

Tu: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
We: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Th: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fr: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sa: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Su: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

In wintertime (from September 30 to March 30)

Tu: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
We: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Th: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fr: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sa: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Su: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Days off


Ticket Price

From 50 to 250 rubles depending on visitor's category and programme of visits.
Photo and video shooting is paid additionally.

Visiting Rules


Additional Information

The museum reserve is adjusted for people with disabilities.
Festivals, concerts and exhibitions are held in the museum.


Old tower
Izmaylovo landscape
Izmaylovo. Buildings
Izmaylovo Park
Monument to Peter the Great by Lev Kerbel
Bridge Tower and Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos
Izmaylovo in winter
Aerial view of the Izmaylovo Open-air Museum
Izmaylovo achitecture
Alexis I of Russia
Tsar's estate and church
Cathedral of the Intercession. Photo:
Bridge Tower in Izmaylovo. Photo:
Monument to Peter the Great
Museum courtyard
Bridge Tower. Exhibition
Museum exhibition
Visit to Izmaylovo
Left Right

Featured reviews

Visitor rating:   4.5

January 2017
It's a beautiful place. Shaded island, in which humpback bridge - a real bridge of time leads through the channel. You will pass on it and you will get in other epoch. It's beautifully and romantically.

October 2016
It's a beautiful not so large park with a museum. There is place to take a walk, to see and to sit. It's a great place for a picnic.

November 2015
You can just walk around the island among the historical buildings. You can visit the cathedral and museum expositions. In the main exhibition hall there is a small, but interesting exposition, including model of the estate as it was in the 17th century.

Similar places

Левая стрелка Правая стрелка

Interesting places nearby

Click to Show Map