The Church-Archaeological Cabinet Museum of the Moscow Theological Academy

Moscow Oblast

Contact information

Moscow region, Sergiev Posad, Trinity Sergius Lavra, Academy, the Church-Archaeological Cabinet Museum of the Moscow Theological Academy.

Phone: +7 (496) 541-55-01


Operating hours

Mon. – Sat.: 9: 00-18: 00

Sun.: 11: 00-18: 00

The founder of the museum

Archpriest Alexander Gorsky

The owner of the museum

Rector of the Moscow Theological Academy, Bishop of Zvenigorod Theodorite (Tikhonov)

The director of the museum

Anton Sergeevich Novikov



About museum

The restoration of the Church-Archaeological Cabinet (created in 1871 and completely looted after the October Revolution) is associated with the restoration of Moscow theological schools and their return to the Trinity Sergius Lavra in 1948. In 1950, His Holiness Patriarch Alexy I gave his blessing to organize the Church-Archaeological Cabinet of Hieromonk Sergiy (Golubtsov).

Archpriest Alexy Ostapov, the head of the Church-Archaeological Cabinet, professor of the Moscow Theological Academy, worked on the restoration of the Cabinet for 20 years. The main part of the collection was built up during his term, including numerous gifts from His Holiness Patriarch Alexy I, donations from famous hierarchs, clergy, and laity of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Currently, the exhibition of the Cabinet occupies 12 halls in the former Tsar Palace. There are icons, church utensils, vestments, handwritten and printed books, small sculptures, graphics, paintings, and relics associated with the life of zealots of godliness and outstanding church figures.