Exhibition: In Memory of the Last Emperor. Relics of the Emigrant Museum in Belgrade


The State Historical Museum in Moscow is currently hosting an exhibition dedicated to the memory of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II. The exposition, which opened on 12th July, features a unique collection of items from the Museum of the Memory of Emperor Nicholas II, which was opened in the Russian House in Belgrade in 1936.

Many of the exhibits presented at the exhibition are being displayed for the first time to the public. These unique items connected to Nicholas II and his family members were collected Russian emigres who settled in Yugoslavia after the Revolution. The items entered the Historical Museum in 1947 – after Yugoslavia became a socialist nation. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see dozens of artifacts that have never before left the Historical Museum.


Copy of telegram from Queen Marie of Roumania on the news of Nicholas II’s abdication

The exposition includes letters from members of the Imperial family, diaries, rare photographs, newsreel footage – which reflect the ordinary everyday life of the Romanovs.

In one of the photographs, the four daughters of Nicholas II are depicted – the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia. They often signed photos and letters – OTMA, an acronym based on the first letters of their respective names. This photo was presented to the Belgrade Museum by Pierre Gilliard, the tutor of the Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolaevich. In addition, among the exhibits – the academic plan for the Imperial children in 1916-1917, as well as letter from the Tsesarevich Alexei to his grandmother the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, dated 16 April 1916, congratulating her on Easter.

The exhibition ran from 12 July to 10 September 2018 at the State Historical Museum in Moscow

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 13 September 2018