Kuskovo Museum Estate
The Estate Kuskovo is a unique cultural property site of the 18th century. This is the former summer residence of Prince Pyotr Sheremetiev. "The summer country house of count Sheremetev", the former name of Kuskovo, was intended specially for receptions, smart assemblies, festivals with fireworks and different celebrations. The most solemn receptions were carried out in the Palace.
The construction works in Kuskovo were most active in 1750's, during the rule in Russia of empress Elizabeth. Several architects took part in the construction of the architectural-park ensemble, including J.I.Kologrivov, F.S.Argunov, K.I.Blank and others. The architecture of Kuskovo combines features of Baroque and Classicism
The 18th century ensemble has survived to our days and includes more than 20 unique monument of architecture including the Palace, the Church with the belfry, the Dutch House, the Italian House and the Grotto, the Orangery, the Hermitage. One of the highlightd of the estate in the regular french park with marble sculptures, ponds and pavilions.
The Palace is the centre of the Estate ensemble. The interiors, furniture, ornaments and articles of everyday life of the 18–19th centuries have survived to our days as well. On desplay there is the collection of Russian and West-Europian art and the portraits of Russian emperors and Sheremetiev family.
In 1919 the Estate was turned into museum and in 1938 a unique Museum of Ceramics was joined to it.
At present Kuskovo Estate is one of the largest museums of ceramics and glass in the world. The collection amounts to 30000 exibits including the Italian mayolics, Venecian, English and Russian glass-works and many other unique works from antiquity up to the present day.
Along with a permanent exposition, various exhibitions of applied art and items of ceramics take place here.