The exhibition Hussar – a Foster Child of Glory endeavours to combine the legends and the true history of Russian Hussars, whose first cavalry squadrons were raised back in the mid-17th century, before Peter the Great, and whose regiments maintained the dashing and gallant Hussar image until the First World War. Their legendary valour brought them victorious through many battles and yielded no whit to the grandeur of myths that surrounded them.
The choice of the Admiralty Pavilion as a venue is not accidental. Not far outside the park stand the barracks that housed His Majesty’s Life-Guards Hussar Regiment, one of the most elite Imperial Guards units with which many renowned Russians served, such as Pyotr Chaadaev, Mikhail Lermontov, Denis Davydov, and others.
Among nearly 300 items on display are arms, photographs, pictures, applied artworks and, of course, Hussar uniforms of Russian emperors and grand dukes. The most remarkable are dating from the 19th – early 20th centuries Alexander I’s pelisse, children’s uniforms of Alexander II and Tsesarevich Alexei, General Field Marshal’s dolman of Nicholas I, and Grand Duchess Olga’s uniform dress of the Yelizavetgradsky Hussar Regiment. All the exhibits come from the collections of the State Museum Tsarskoye Selo.
The exhibition is open June 1 to September 30, 2010 in the Central Hall of the Admiralty pavilion (Catherine Park), 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily except Thursday and Friday.