The ground plan of the Marly Palace is unusual. It has no traditional formal hall common for such kind of palaces. A long Corridor with doors on either side leading to dwelling premises and auxiliary rooms extends from the Vestibule. Both storeys are similar in design, but the ground floor, which is much higher, has always been regarded as a state one.
Today, visitors enter the palace from the Sectorial Ponds and begin their acquaintance with the museum from auxiliary rooms located on the left side of the Corridor.
As in the Monplaisir Palace, the Kitchen of the Marly Palace, too, was built in the "Dutch manner": the same huge hooded stove in the corner, the marble floor and the walls faced with tiles from top to bottom. However, the tiles in this room - pictorial compositions in cobalt blue featuring various Dutch landscapes and scenes enclosed in lilac-coloured frames with representations of carnations or lilies at their corners - are more vivid. On the shelves, tables and the stove are typical kitchen utensils of the first half of the eighteenth century - English tinware, German vessels, copper cauldrons and pots made at the Urals factories, Dutch and German pottery.
The Kitchen. Tableware (on the table). Russia. Early 18th century. Tin dishes (on the hood of the stove). England. Early 18th century.