A world-wide known treasure house keeps a precious collection of ancient Russian regalia, ceremonial royal dresses, hierarchs' vestments, gold- and silverware, arms and armour, royal carriages and horse ceremonial harness made by Russian, European and Eastern masters.
The route of the tour goes through the New Kremlin Square, where the centre of the religious life of Muscovyâ€”the Chudov and the Ascension Monasteries were found in the 14th century. Later there appeared a residence of Russian Emperorsâ€”the Small Nicholasâ€™ Palace. The architectural ensembles were demolished during the Soviet period and now remain only on the old plans of the Kremlin, engravings, watercolour paintings and photographs. Recent archaeological research made a significant contribution to the study of the lost monuments. Two-meter open pits behind the showcases allow visitors to see the results of grand-scale archaeological excavations, i.e. fragments of demolished building bases, paving of the 16th century and the tombstones of the 17th century. There is also see a visual backdrop recreating the appearance of the Moscow Kremlin of the past.
One of the best monuments of Moscow civil architecture of the mid-17th century. Nowadays, the Cross Chamber, the Front Anteroom, the refectory and the Twelve Apostles' Church house the exposition exploring the history and peculiarities of Russian culture through the 17th century.
The finest example of the bronze casting technology in the Tsardom of Russia is placed at Ivanovskaya Square.
"He who has never climbed to the top of Ivan the Great, who has never had an opportunity to take in the whole of the ancient capital at one glance from end to end, who has never admired that majestic panorama, stretching almost beyond that range of vision, knows absolutely nothing about Moscowâ€¦" Mikhail Lermontov
The exposition arranged in the basement of the cathedral comprises monuments and artefacts found during archeological excavations and scientific researches on the Moscow Kremlin territory as well as those related to the history of the development of the Russian Tsars' treasure houses or derived from the collections and treasures of Russian noble people, high ranking officials and ancient monasteries.
The exposition in the South annex of the Archangel Cathedral is devoted to one of the most ancient monasteries of Moscow - the Ascension Convent, highly esteemed in Russia, founded by Grand Princess Eudokia, the wife of Grand Prince Dmitry Donskoy.
Exposition in the northern cloister of the church displays the collection of Russian wooden sculpture and carvings of the Moscow Kremlin Museums. Monumental iconic sculptures, carved icons, small crosses and folding icons give an idea of the development of church art in the 15th-19th centuries. The basis of the collection is pieces of art historically related to the Kremlin, its churches and monasteries. Most of them date back to the 17th century, the prosperity of the Armoury Chamber, which had become the biggest art centre of Russia by that time. The display presents works of different types made in such cultural centres as Moscow, Novgorod, Rostov Velikiy and the monasteries of the Russian North.