If you are looking for something to take home from St. Petersburg, which is authentic, locally made, world famous and at the same time functional – then no doubts it's porcelain. Even today the majority of diplomatic gifts from our city are porcelain pieces or sets produced at the St. Petersburg Imperial Porcelain Manufactory. You can find the production of our manufactory in the most famous museums of the world – the Hermitage, the British Museum in London, the Metropolitan museum in New York and in private collections of kings, presidents and world famous stars.
Imperial Porcelain Manufactory of St. Petersburg was established in 1744 and was the first porcelain manufactory in Russia and the third in Europe. It provided elaborate porcelain sets and decorations for the Russian Imperial family. Some of these items are still on display in our museums. During the Soviet time the manufactory continued to work very successfully but under a different name – the Lomonosov Porcelain Manufactory. After "perestroika" the world famous original name was returned to the enterprise which at the moment is a unique factory in Russia producing premium class product in its own personal style which is highly appreciated all around the world.
During this tour the guide of the factory will tell you about the history of the manufactory, you will visit several departments of art porcelain, where you will see the best masters of the factory at work. At the end of the tour you will visit the Gallery of Modern Porcelain and a factory shop where you will have a chance to buy unique Russian porcelain.
The duration of the tour is about an hour.
We also highly recommend including a master class of porcelain painting into the tour. You will have an absolutely unique possibility to decorate several porcelain pieces yourself. After baking* you will be able to take them back home. You will not only get absolutely unusual souvenirs, but also the brightest, the most pleasant and the most unusual memories of your trip to Russia.
The duration of the master class is about 1.5 hour and the number of items which will be provided for you to decorate is unlimited.
* The process of baking will take approximately two days, after which we will pick your pieces from the factory and deliver them to your hotel. In case you have left Russia by that time it is also possible to order the pieces to be shipped to your home.
From our clients' reviews:
Porcelain St Petersburg Russia
...The museum of the Russian Imperial Porcelain is absolutely a must to all, who love old Russian (Lomonosov) porcelain. The porcelain collection represents several centuries, and is really outstanding. There is also a wonderful shop for anyone interested in purchasing and objet d'art. (Andrew T, Candiac, Canada)
Imperial porcelain St Petersburg
...The museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory is well worth a visit, being full of unique porcelain pieces spanning several centuries. It was especially interesting to see how the designs and society were linked as times changed. The shop is full of items from the factory you can buy at a reduced price. (Lissy Ws, Arles-sur-Tech, France)
Imperial porcelain factory tour in St. Petersburg Russia
...Because I am a porcelain painter I wanted to see this Porcelain Museum. It is a small Museum with a couple of showcases with communist propaganda painted themes. The rest was exquisite, some Sevres and XVIIIth Century pieces and the rest as I remember were glorious pieces exquisitely done and worth the trip. (Siena C, Jerusalem, Israel)
Porcelain painting master class in St. Petersburg Russia
...We chose Best Guides St. Petersburg specifically because they offer tours tailored for small children, and they definitely didn't disappoint! We booked a day at the Imperial Porcelain factory with Masterclass. We stayed in complete delight. Very interesting exhibits are what to remember and what to remember. I am very culturally enriched. (Kara K W C)
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