We are summing up our achievements and best acquisitions in 2018, which was yet another year of a greater visitor flow with nearly 4 million tickets sold (almost 100,000 more than in 2017). The Amber Room, which marks 15 years since its re-creation, remains our top attraction.
Restoration of the Chapelle in the Alexander Park (click link to read more); the most romantic pavilion of the park is back after over 70 years in disrepair(see picture below left, click to enlarge). Also revived is the nearby Lilac Alley.
Agreement (see picture below left, click to enlarge)between Tsarskoe Selo, the Russian Gazprom and the French Engie on support for restoration of the Lyons Hall in the Catherine Palace. The silk wall lining for the Hall has already been remade after archival and iconographic materials by Prelle, the oldest silk textile mill in French Lyon since the mid-18th century,
Three wins at the AVICOM F@IMP 2.0 Festival 2018(see picture above right, click to enlarge), with the Creative Exhibition Installation Gold Prize for the Charity in the Great War multimedia panel and the Medium Film Gold Prize for The Last Year: Russia Exiting the Great War video for our WWI Museum, and the Short Film Silver Prize for the Four Museums’ Centenary Project’s promotional video (see below).
Four engravings with the Romanovs and their close ones, books with the stamp of the Tsarskoe Selo Imperial Library,
a letter personally signed by Alexander II,
and an album of prints by Francesco Bartolozzi stolen from the Alexander Palace during WWII. (click links to read more)