Catherine the Great: An Enlightened Empress

This exhibition offers a rare chance to explore the collections of 18th-century Russian Empress Catherine the Great, who amassed literally thousands of paintings, drawings, gems, medals, sculptures and items of jewellery.

With portraits, costume, splendid snuffboxes, classical cameos and outstanding works in porcelain, glass, metal and polished stone, the works on show demonstrate both the personal and political aspirations of this extraordinary figure from history.

Co-curated by the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and National Museums Scotland, the exhibition will appear only in the Scottish Capital.

Venue details

National Museum of Scotland Chambers Street Edinburgh EH1 1JF 0300 123 6789

Entry details

£4.50 with National Art Pass (standard entry £9)

Daily, 10am – 5pm
26 Dec and 1 Jan, 12 – 5pm

Closed 25 Dec

Call 0300 123 6789 or visit the Museum's website.

What the critics say


This narrative section and the courtly life areas have the most interesting stories, but other areas of the exhibition have more spectacular objects.


A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland relives the glory of the reign of Catherine the Great of Russia. It's a splendid show with some breathtaking pieces


The picture of Catherine that emerges from a show like this is of a ruler who profoundly understood that monarchy is a form of theatre.