Treasure Room

The "armoured room", "safe-room" or "treasure-room" - all these names refer to the small depositary of the Russian Museum of Ethnography, protected with impressive safe locks, armour - plated shutters and doors, beyond which even museum personnel need permission to go.

But why is it called the Treasure Room? What is so remarkable about it? The necessityof the acquisition of the collection to have a separate depositary for most treasured possessions of the museum arose from the very outset. Among the first "occupants" of the "safe-room" did the gifts which the Imperial family receives from deputations of the peoples inhabit the Russian Empire were. Also these include Buddhists devotional objects; silver-plated Caucasian weapons", horse-trappings and weapons, set with precious stones and gold, from the gifts of the Emir of Bukhara, and presentation dished for bread and salt, made by ingenious Russian jewellers.

Later from 1902 to 1915, the Treasury Room received collections of various national origins handed over to the museum by Nicholas II, and subsequently, many precious artifacts came from well-known Russian collectors, research expeditions and privat individuals.

Since the 1930s, in keeping with the museum policy, the stocks of the Treasury Room have been constantly augmented by objects set with precious metals and pearls. As a result, The Treasury Room has accumulated superb collection of artifacts remarkable not only for their ethnic variety but also the importance which individual items held in the culture of different peoples. This applies first of all to ornaments, devotional objects, ceremonial harnesses, weaponry and details of clothing.