The collections of the Museum consist of over 45,000 items. The Museum’s armaments collection includes more than 200 swords, pistols, guns, and other military items. Most were gathered as war booty, but some were gifts from Russia’s Tsars. Palace furnishings are of French and Russian design, and many pieces are gilded with gold or elaborately carved. some of which date back to the original Palace collection expropriated in 1919, and some of which have been subsequently added.