The Exhibition at the Khrabrovo International Airport

The Exhibition at the Khrabrovo International Airport “You remember whose daughter I am…” is the new exhibition project launched at the International Airport (Kaliningrad’s Khrabrovo) named after Empress Elizabeth Petrovna.

In 2019, the Khrabrovo International Airport was named after Empress Elizabeth Petrovna of Russia. The Museum of the World Ocean and the Peterhof State Museum-Reserve present the exhibition project “You Remember Whose Daughter I Am…”. It was opened on December 23 at the departure zone of the airport. The historic and educational project with multimedia elements is devoted to Empress Elizabeth Petrovna and it tells
about Peter the Great’s daughter’s life and the period of her reign when Koenigsberg became Russian for the first time. The exhibition is focused on international affairs and intercultural exchange in the 18 th century. The topic is revealed by the materials prepared by the Peterhof and the Museum of the World Ocean and the illustrations from collections of both museums. The sections of the exhibition present the empress’ personality, her domestic policy and international affairs as well as culture and art. The exhibition puts the topical discussion out of museum walls into the general audience and gives a new modern life to Russia’s cultural and historical heritage.

Moreover, guests of the region as well as its citizens will get an answer to the questions “What connects Elizabeth Petrovna and East Prussia?” and “Why was the air gateway of the Amber Land named after this representative of the House of Romanov?” This project encourages you to remember about Elizabeth’s glorious reign, just like she honoured and kept traditions of the Petrine Epoch.

The exhibition materials are presented in Russian and English.

Historical summary
According to the legend, on the palace coup night after which she became the sovereign of the Russian Empire, Elizabeth addressed soldiers and officers of the Preobrazhensky Regiment with the following words: “You know whose daughter I am, follow me.” However, her reign remained in the undeserved shadow of her great father’s deeds, Peter I, and her brilliant successor, Catherine II. Her reign brought a number of diplomatic and military victories and marked the beginning of the Russian cultural Renaissance. In 1758, during the Seven Years’ War, the Russian troops occupied Koenigsberg (present-day Kaliningrad) that was a part of East Prussia. Citizens swore allegiance to Empress Elizabeth and this territory was under Russia’s jurisdiction for four years. In 1762, the new emperor Peter III returned Koenigsberg to Prussia. Opened in 2004, the statue of Elizabeth Petrovna in Baltijsk (Pillau) located in the westernmost Russia commemorates the victory of the Russian army during her reign.

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