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New Observation Deck In Chelyabinsk
May 11, 2014 16:11


The Roof Museum, an observation deck on the roof of the eastern tower of Chelyabinsk Regional Museum, where residents and visitors can walk up in the warm season, is open from May 1. 

Entire center of Chelyabinsk is clearly visible from the top: old streets and modern avenues, theaters, the roofs of merchant houses and domes of the churches. Magnificent views are complemented by photographs of buildings, bridges and streets, as well as of residents of our city, taken in the early 20th century. One can compare how the embankment, Zarechye and the island on Miass River looked a century ago and now. 

Paintings of Chelyabinsk artist-chronicler Ignatiy Vandyshev represent the century-old cityscapes. But people can enjoy the view not only from the museum roof. The city's past is narrated by old maps, local plans and by Chelyabinsk pictures taken from space. There are objects found during archaeological excavations: the oven door and candlesticks, pottery and exquisite glass bottles. First settlers left behind coins and pectoral crosses. In addition to that, there are things that Chelyabinsk residents lost on the streets and in their backyards in the 19th century. This perfume bottles and lipstick tubes, belts buckles and rings, pipes and keys, clay whistles and even bottles with pharmacy drugs. 

All these things are kept now in the Roof Museum. Starting first May weekend citizens can climb up to the observation deck, which will operate until the fall every day from 10:00 to 19:00.

A building with an unusual configuration is situated in the historic center of Chelyabinsk and on the banks of Miass River. It’s roof looks like the outlines of an ancient fortress. Here, in one of the youngest buildings of the city there is one of the oldest institutions of the South Ural culture: Chelyabinsk Regional Museum. In other words, a guide to the history of Southern Ural.

During its 90 year old history museum moved several times. The collection used to be divided into two buildings. But in 2005 almost 280 thousand items of the collection was gathered under one roof.

The most valuable are unique collections: archaeological - has about 50 thousand items, the herbarium of plants - 2.5 thousand items, collection of stuffed birds - 200 items, stuffed insects - 5 thousand items, and a collection of minerals - 3.5 thousand items.

In the Regional Museum you can learn a lot about the history of the Urals. Experienced guides will tell about precious and semiprecious stones, crafts that have been preserved from the XVIII century. The museum exhibition demonstrates culture and life of the Urals aboriginal nations. The museum keeps the treasures of the Christian Orthodox culture.
One of the most popular exhibitions  «The Museum on the roof. Chelyabinsk: signs and symbols of urban space». It gives the opportunity to look at Chelyabinsk from unusual point of view: the photo pictures of XX century, plans of its construction, paints of Vandyshev, real artifacts of XVIII - early XX centuries, describing the history and development of the inhabited locality.

The building is equipped for disabled visitors. And it’s possible to enjoy the museum virtually. At the website of the Chelyabinsk regional Ministry of Culture there are 3D-tours.
Address: Truda Street 100
You can walk down the Kirovka or take
Trolleys: 6, 17, 20,
Route taxis:  32

Until the late 19th century, Chelyabinsk was a small provincial town. In 1892, the Samara-Zlatoust Railway that connected it with Moscow and the rest of European Russia was completed. At the same time, the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway started; in 1896 the city was tied with Yekaterinburg. Soon Chelyabinsk started turning into a major trade center, its population reached 20,000 inhabitants by 1897, 45,000 by 1913, and 70,000 by 1917. For several months during the Russian Civil War, Chelyabinsk was held by the White movement and Czechoslovak Legions, becoming a center for splinters of the Romanian Volunteer Corps in Russia. The city later fell to Bolshevik forces. In September 1919, a new Chelyabinsk Governorate was created out of the eastern parts of Orenburg Governorate and the southwestern parts of Tobolsk Governorate. It lasted only until 1923, when it was absorbed into Ural Oblast, created during one of the Soviet administrative reforms. During the first Five-Year Plans of the 1930s, Chelyabinsk experienced rapid industrial growth. Several establishments, including the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant and the Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant, were built at this time. During World War II, Joseph Stalin decided to move a large part of Soviet factory production to places out of the way of the advancing German armies in late 1941. This brought new industries and thousands of workers to Chelyabinsk. facilities for the production of T-34 tanks and Katyusha rocket launchers existed in Chelyabinsk. The S.M. Kirov Factory no. 185 moved here from Leningrad to produce heavy tanks; it was transferred to Omsk after 1962.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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