Founded by baron Alexander Stieglitz, industrial business man, financier and patron of the arts, in 1878. Stieglitz museum was intended to educate the students of an industrial design school Stieglitz opened in the same building earlier. This good initiative expanded to quite a notable collection of applied arts showpieces, mostly of west European and Russian exhibits of XVI-XVIII centuries. Of course after the Russian revolution both the museum and the academy went through drastic changes, but the purpose remains – applied arts & education.
Stieglitz Museum might not be fancy or breathtaking by itself but it’s indisputably rare and stands apart from the major tourist tracks. Under one roof in the maze of corridors and halls you see 300 year old chairs, ceramics and mirrors that met tons of owners and historical events. What I have never seen before is a collection of Russian stoves of patterned tiles or 106 costumed dolls in one hall from different provinces of the country, have you?
Finding the place is part of satisfaction and inside you may seek guidance from academy students. The museum itself takes part of first floor and you must definitely walk through the whole building and see the giant halls and sculptures and… look at the picture above!