THE WINTER PALACE AND THE HERMITAGE IN 1917. History happened here

Exhibition at the State Hermitage Museum, 25 October 2017 – 14 January 2018

This a commemorative exhibition takes place in the very buildings where the Revolution unfolded. It represents the most comprehensive exhibition on the subject ever held, incorporating photographs, correspondence, relics and works of art from the museum collections, together with important loans from the State Archive in Moscow.

Focusing on the two institutions, the official residence of the Russian Tsars and the Imperial Hermitage museum, during 1917, the exhibition follows the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II, two revolutions, the establishment of a provisional government, and the succession of the Bolsheviks. These events marked the beginning of a transformation of the buildings which resulted in the expansion of the Hermitage through the whole complex.


Packing up art treasures for evacuation 1917 / Protestors on Palace Square before the Winter Palace

Offering new insights into the life and abdication of the Tsar, the role and influence of individuals from soldiers and peasants to the nobility, the intentions of the Provisional Government, and above all, the unanimous appreciation throughout for the treasures held within The Hermitage, the exhibition offers an opportunity to reexamine the circumstances and events of the revolution.

Key exhibits: Nicholas II’s abdication letter, the personal diaries of the Tsar and Tsarina, revolutionary banners, equipment made by Fabergé for hospitals and the army, the imperial children’s cuddly toys, photographs of the chaos in the Winter Palace after the Bolshevik takeover and photo albums kept by the children.