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Top 5 Museums of Novosibirsk
December 10, 2018 13:14


One of the largest cities of Russia, Novosibirsk is the administrative center of the Siberian Federal District. It can be justly called the cultural capital of Siberia. The city boasts a number of theaters and libraries, and more than two dozen museums of various directions. Here is a short list of the most remarkable museums of Novosibirsk.
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Novosibirsk State Museum of Local Lore
The leading museum of Novosibirsk, it was established back in 1920. The museum fund includes 147 thousand exhibits of the main unit and 71 thousand of the auxiliary unit. Among the unique specimen, there is a complete mammoth skeleton and a collection of Siberian peoples’ household items obtained during expeditions in the 1920s - 1930s. 

The exposition includes collections of clothes and numismatics, glass and porcelain, earthenware and wood carved items, as well as archaeological, ornithological and theriological collections, and so on.
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Novosibirsk History and Architecture Open-Air Museum 
The complex of open-air architectural monuments tells about the history and culture of the peoples of Siberia. The Novosibirsk History and Architecture Open-Air Museum was founded by A.P. Okladnikov in 1981. It is located at a distance of 4 and a half kilometers away from the academic campus of Novosibirsk. The exposition includes archaeological monuments, museum vaults, art workshops, and exhibition sites. The museum presents monuments of federal significance, including the Savior Zavischerskaya Church, a wooden hut with an interwoven ornamental carving, a windmill, two-story barns, a Russian sauna house with a stove but without a chimney, and so on.
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Novosibirsk State Art Museum
The museum was founded in 1957. Until 2004, it worked as the art gallery of Novosibirsk. The exhibition includes Russian icons of the 16th - 20th century, Russian art of the 18th - 19th century (Bryullov, Shishkin, Savrasov, Vasnetsov, Kuindzhi, and Repin), and Russian art of the early 20th century (Arkhipov, Korovin, Roerich, and Benoit). Besides, the museum displays collections of the Soviet and post-Soviet period. A separate hall is given for exhibits of foreign art.
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Museum of History and Culture of the Peoples of Siberia and the Far East
 The museum founded in 1964 presently occupies the building of the exhibition center of the Archeology and Ethnography Institute of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The exhibition presents various historical epochs and tells about the life of the peoples of Siberia and the Far East in those times. The halls are dedicated to the Paleolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Early Iron Age, Middle Ages, and modern times. The museum collections enable you to explore all the spectra of the culture of many ethnic groups of Siberia.
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Siberian Birch Bark Museum
The Siberian Birch Bark Museum is dedicated to the phenomenon of Russian birch bark crafts. Founded in 2002, the museum is rather new. Its exhibition includes more than 200 birch bark items of decorative and applied arts. 
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These are paintings, icons, ornaments, dishes, toys, and souvenirs. All the exhibits were made by artists or craftsmen from Siberia and the Urals. The museum hosts exhibitions, literary meetings, and meet-the-artist events.

 

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Author: Vera Ivanova

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