The Museum is located in a complex of buildings registered as the landmark of the late XVIII–XX centuries architecture. Muscovites call this old mansion the Osterman House after the name of its former owners.
From the second quarter of the XVII century this suburban mansion belonged to the Streshnevs family of Russian nobles, and in 1783 it was inherited by Count Ivan Andreyevich Osterman. In the late XVIII century the main mansion, constructed after the design of an unknown architect, obviously from M. F. Kazakov's circles, acquired the appearance that was close to what we see today. In 1796 brothers Ivan Andreyevich and Fedor Andreyevich transferred their title and name to their grandnephew Alexander Ivanovich Tolstoy glorified in the patriotic war of 1812 and foreign campaigns of the Russian army. The mansion of A. I. Osterman-Tolstoy suffered in the 1812 fire, it was not restored for a long time, and was sold to the Holy Synod to house the Moscow Seminary in 1834.
In the early 1840s the building was restored and expanded after the design by A. F. Shchedrin, and in 1885 a wing of the diocesan dormitory was added to the gallery on the right, it was designed by P. Ye. Bayev.
Viewers of this online tour will get a chance to see a wide variety of interior decorations held in the museum's collection. The collection features Empire style furniture sets, which prevailed in Europe for a long period of time and really resonated with the Russian nobility.
The spinning wheel used to be an important part of the life of every girl in Russia: she would receive her first spinning wheel at the age of 5, and then another one as a wedding gift from the groom.
The territory of the Museum with the total area of 5 acres makes it possible to realize modern events involving the park zone in museum projects, to conduct mass events, to create public space.
The All-Russian Decorative Art Museum is a modern space, where the experience and traditions of decorative arts serve as a starting point for facilitating communication and creativity.
Centuries-old culture, traditions, religious concepts
The opposition of the two famous Renaissance sculptors
The history of the world famous painting
The theatrical traditions of Eastern countries
The quest based on the names of the 7 most famous dogs of the Great Patriotic War
The museum in the house with a mezzanine, a 19th century historical and architectural monument