What’s in the Museum House? Article in the newspaper “EVENING LENINGRAD” dated February 23, 1973.

For a year and a half, those who come to the squat brick building on Petrovskaya Embankment see a sign “The Museum – the house of Peter the Great” is closed for restoration. One and half year. The term is not short. What is being done behind the walls of the stone “case” that shelters the first building of St. Petersburg from bad weather, which will be 270 years old this May?

I don’t know who likes such strange orders, when during the restoration work they try to carefully hide everything that happens from outsiders. Here, too, the outgoing windows were thickly covered, through which one could see what was happening inside. And a person, as you know, is arranged in such a way that he is interested not only in the final result – a restored monument of the past, but also in the process of restoration itself. He wants to see how the true appearance of the structure begins to be seen from under the age-old strata.

But there is order. And restorers work, hidden from the outside world. No one except the scientists who oversee the restoration knows how, in fact, this most complex, sometimes downright jewelry work is carried out, what methods and means specialists use to restore Peter’s house to the look it had in 1703.