The Marble Palace was built in 1785 upon Antonio Rinaldi's project for Catherine II's favourite – the count Grigory Orlov. The palace has received the name because of its facades’ facing and interiors finishing, when for the first time in Russia have used a natural stone – more than thirty types of marble and granite.
In 1849 Marble Palace has been reconstructed upon Alexander Bryullov's project for the second son of the emperor Nicholas I – Konstantin. After the revolution in the building was located Vladimir Lenin's museum. In 1991 Marble Palace became a part of the Russian Museum. Here the exposition «A collection of brothers Rzhevskys» is open, the part of halls is occupied by «Ludwig Museum in the Russian Museum» and here also there take place temporary exhibitions of the modern art.
Nevsky Prospect 1.3 km
Admiralteyskaya 1.5 km
Gostiny Dvor 1.7 km