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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.

National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 1JF

0300 123 6789


Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm 26 Dec and 1 Jan, 12 – 5pm Closed 25 Dec

Free to all

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