Collection of figure skates at the Gatchina Palace, at the exhibition hall of the Central building, 1st floor
The royal family spent time in Gatchina residence not only in summer, but also in winter, especially often it was during the reign of Emperor Alexander III, who chose Gatchina as a place of permanent residence. Ice skating was one of the favorite amusements of the royal family: a vast expanse of water at the Gatchina park with the coming of cold weather turned into excellent skating rinks! At the exhibition visitors will get acquainted with the history of ice skates origin, will learn about their existence at various times in different countries. The visitors also will learn how popular was this kind of winter fun in the Russian Empire and in the royal family. At the exhibition hall on the first floor of the central building will be presented 15 pairs of skates of the early XX century from the collection of Gatchina Palace.
Exposition will be supplemented by the information stands with the stories about the earliest skates, found during the archaeological excavations, about materials and methods of skate manufacturing, along with the history of this winter fun in Russia.