palace BUILT FOR PETER THE GREAT
The Kadriorg Art Museum is housed in the Kadriorg Palace, a magnificent structure built in 1718 for Russian Emperor Peter the Great. The museum’s collections include Western European and Russian art from the 16th – 20th centuries. The palace’s spectacular Great Hall is one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in all of Northern Europe. It’s a perfect venue for concerts and small theatre performances and often hosts festive receptions with caterers wearing historic, 18th-century costumes.
Open to the World
In its new role as the Kadriorg Art Museum, the palace holds works worthy of its architecture and is open to the general public. The halls of the palace contain older Western European and Russian art – paintings, sculptures and applied art – which add magnificence and glory to the building that had lost its former fancy interiors. In addition to the art collection of the state of Estonia, which is exhibited in Kadriorg, the most important object on display is the palace itself.
The story of Kadriorg can be heard in almost twenty different languages in the palace and it keeps spreading throughout the world. In addition to the old stories, new ones are born in the palace: thousands of children begin their discovery of the world of art here, as they reinterpret the palace and its legacy, intertwining the stories from old times with their own tales. Kadriorg Palace today preserves and values its history but is not overly attached to it; rather, it aspires to be open to everyone and everything that allows new ways to interpret and find inspiration in art.