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Museum of playing cards.

Museum of playing cards.This is the only Museum in Russia dedicated to the history of playing cards. The Museum appeared in Peterhof not by chance, because it was here in the summer that a select society gathered for dinner parties, masquerades and court balls. At balls not only danced, but also played cards. In six halls of the Museum there are more than 8 thousand exhibits. In addition to playing cards, these are items of fine and decorative arts that represent the game and its attributes, or are directly related to it, as well as a library that is unique in its composition. In the Windows you can see playing cards from different countries-Japanese, Chinese, English, Spanish, French, German and Russian for playing tarok, bezik, whist, bridge, Lotto cards, cards for solitaire and fortune telling.

There are maps of various sizes and shapes from huge 10×16 cm to very small 2×5 cm, rectangular, oval, round, zigzag, made of various materials – paper, cloth, mica.
Among the rarities of the Museum – one of the earliest decks, the so-called “Deck with peddlers”, created in Germany in 1690, and the original Atlas maps of the painter A. I. Charlemagne, made in the Renaissance style. Of great interest are Chinese cards for the game of Manjong and Japanese cards for the game”one Hundred poets”.
The last room is dedicated to modern playing cards, including advertising, campaigning, souvenir, anniversary and political cards. Special attention is drawn to “prison maps” created from Newspapers.”

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