The word museum immediately brings boredom and drowsiness. Many people even think that it’s impossible to see anything unusual at home, because it’s absolutely necessary to go abroad for bright impressions. However, there are quite a few unusual museums in Russia that debunk this stereotype. So, let’s talk about the twelve most unusual Russian institutions.
Museum of superstitions of the Russian people.
When you visit this museum you will be able to meet characters familiar from childhood – Leszno, Babu Yaga, Kikimoru and even more than a hundred unusual and amazing creatures that existed in the world of fantasies of our ancestors. Today these heroes are carved from wood and live in the “Amber Castle”, located in the reserve “Curonian Spit” in the Kaliningrad region. Visiting such a museum will be remembered for a long time by adults, and especially by children.
To create such a museum, local enthusiasts collected a whole collection of pharmacy bottles and bottles with old air bubbles. Today you can look at what breathed in the century before last, during the revolution, and also during the Khrushchev thaw. Fragile glass tried to keep those moods, morals that were hovering in the air of those times. Visit this museum in the village of Vasilevo, Tver region and enjoy your dreams in history.
Private museum of gramophones and phonographs.
This collection is housed in a typical city apartment, it is considered the third in the world in terms of the number of unique devices. It should be noted that all the exhibits are in working order. Sometimes the museum organizes musical evenings devoted to listening to old records of the past and the century before last. The museum, located in St. Petersburg, was founded by Vladimir Deryabkin, a former clown, circus performer and trainer. Visiting the museum can be done only by prior arrangement.
Museum of irons.
Once the former merchant’s house now became a museum, giving its shelves to irons. Here you can trace the evolution of this important for our way of life. The museum has more than 200 exhibits. This is bronze, and steel, and cast iron, electric and alcohol. Each of the irons is ready to serve one purpose – ironing, creating an impeccable look of clothes. There is a museum in Pereslavl-Zalessky.
Russian Vodka Museum.
This exposition presents 800 varieties of 80 distilled Russian distilleries and foreign products. Also in the museum you can see a variety of moonshine machines, as well as the first mechanized machine for bottling alcohol. Tourists are invited to look at old bottles and a variety of labels. Tasting of “bread wine” is also offered. The museum itself is located in Uglich.
Museum of the Mammoth.
In order to visit it, you will have to go down to a depth of 20 meters, where the cave is cut in the permafrost. It was here, in the cold, that the remains of animals that lived in Taimyr 20 thousand years ago are stored. In the museum you can see a collection of bones of mammoths, their tusks, pieces of skins and bodies of these amazing and long extinct animals. The museum itself is located in remote Yakutsk.
Museum of the mouse.
This is a nice museum, known all over the world, created by enthusiasts on a disinterested basis and is famous for its homey cosiness. In the town of Myshkin there is a museum in which live rodents from all over the world live – Japan, France, Germany. It has more than five thousand exhibits, some are gifts from famous people, and many are made by children themselves. Interesting and domestic characters – mousetraps from Rostov, Moscow mouse-nesting dolls and clay Samara mice. More information about the museum can be found at http://www.myshgorod.com.
Museum of the sun.
This museum is located not in the place of settlement of Indians in South America, but in our Novosibirsk. The exhibition is illuminated even in bad weather – after all, it contains hundreds of images of our sun, which disperse the storm. The museum presents numerous images of solar gods, solar signs, myths and tales dedicated to the sun, as well as hymns.It will be interesting to look at the products of masters of applied art, which once again remind us that we are all children of the sun. In total, the museum has more than one and a half thousand exhibits dedicated to our star.
Museum of the clock.
Unlike the popular proverb, even happy people will be able to observe the clock in this place. In the city of Angarsk, since 1968, there is a museum of watches, based on a private collection that has been going on for more than half a century. Looking at the objects of time measurement in ten rooms, some of which date back to the 18th century, it’s easy to forget about everything. Here you can see a clock-skeleton and a clock-basket, a clock in the form of a miniature locomotive, as well as cabinet, wall and coach hours. In total, the museum has more than a thousand exhibits.
Museum of Water.
Visitors to this museum are offered to follow the difficult path that a drop of water makes before entering our apartments and then back to the ponds. The exhibition shows the evolution of waterworks in Moscow, its construction, since ancient times. Particularly interested in the opportunity to launch miniature models of machinery and structures “Mosvodokanal.” The museum is located in Moscow, near the metro station “Proletarskaya”. A similar museum, incidentally, is located in St. Petersburg.
Museum of the wolf.
This character is known to everyone from a distant childhood, where he was a frequent guest of fairy tales. In general, the wolf appears in the museum in other forms as well – it is both a natural predator and a totem symbol. Here are collected films, sculptures, toys, paintings and poems dedicated to this interesting beast. Perhaps you can change your idea of it by visiting the Tambov Museum.
Museum of bread.
In Vladivostok there is a museum, which proves that everyday food is bread, can also be an interesting subject. The history of bakery makes centuries, this is what the exposition tells about, which tells about baking mechanisms, shows barn books, as well as rare photographs and personal belongings of bakers of old times. It is curious that one of the halls was turned into a confectionery a century ago. However, it is not necessary to go to the Far East, the same museum is in St. Petersburg.