TRENTON, N.J. -- More than 300 artifacts from Russia's State
Historical Museum and the State Archive of the Russian Federation
in Moscow will begin their American tour at the New Jersey State
Museum here this fall.
"Unseen Treasures: Imperial Russia and the New World," which
runs from Sept. 26 through Jan. 16, will be presented by the
American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation to mark the 200th
anniversary of the Russian America Company.
The exhibition also marks the first time the artifacts have been
seen outside the Russian Museum since its decade-long renovation
The exhibit will be divided into five sections and will include
personal belongings of Russian emperors, art objects, icons from
Russian churches, ship equipment, costumes, official portraits and
Among the highlights of the display will be the Tula steel
armchair of Alexander I, Faberge cigarette cases, American
historical documents such as original letters from President Thomas
Jefferson and author Leo Tolstoy and the baroque coronation sleigh
of Catherine the Great.
The exhibit also will feature recreated historical settings,
such as the 1698 oak-paneled study of Peter the Great, the interior
of a Siberian wooden house in winter, the map room of an early 19th
century sailing vessel, the interior of an Orthodox mission church
in Sitka, Alaska, and a 19th century scene from the Kremlin.
The museum show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays
through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
The exhibit will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New
Admission is $10 for adults, $8.50 for senior citizens, students
and groups of 10 or more and $6 for children younger than 12.
Tickets will be distributed on an hourly basis from 9:30 a.m. to
3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. on Sundays. New Jersey State Museum, Phone: (609) 984-5687