This is a palace-and-park ensemble of the late XVIII - beginning of the XIX centuries
which was used as a summer residence of the Russian emperor Paul I. The landscape
park, one of the largest in Europe, covers the area of 600 ha.
Of special interest are the palace interior room decoration and ornaments made in
the early XIX century. The collections of the palace were partly gathered within
the trip of its owners through Europe in 1781-1782. Future emperor Paul I and his
wife visited workshops of well-known artists, ordering and acquiring paintings,
furniture, bronze articles, silk fabrics, china sets etc. They brought to Russia
a large number of antique sculptures from Italy, as well as gifts from European
royal courts. The museum also displays an excellent collection of portraits by
Russian artists and a number of Pavlovsk landscape paintings.