The word “museum” immediately evokes boredom and drowsiness. It even seems to many that it is impossible to see anything unusual in the homeland - for vivid impressions you must definitely go abroad.
However, there are many unusual museums in Russia that debunk this stereotype. So, let's talk about twelve of the most unusual such Russian establishments.
Museum of superstitions of the Russian people. When visiting this museum, you can meet characters familiar from childhood - Leshy, Babu Yaga, Kikimora and more than a hundred unusual and amazing creatures that existed in the fantasy world of our ancestors. Today these heroes are carved from wood and live in the "Amber Castle" located in the "Curonian Spit" reserve in the Kaliningrad region. A visit to such a museum will be remembered for a long time by adults, and especially by children.
Air Museum. To create such a museum, local enthusiasts have amassed a collection of old-time apothecary flasks and bottles with air bubbles. Today you can look at what they breathed in the century before last, during the revolution, as well as during the Khrushchev thaw. Fragile glass tried to preserve the moods and morals soaring in the air of those times. Visit this museum in the village of Vasilevo, Tver region and plunge into history with dreams.
Private Museum of Gramophones and Phonographs. This collection is housed in an ordinary city apartment, it is considered the third in the world in the number of unique devices. It should be noted that all exhibits are in working order. Sometimes the museum organizes musical evenings dedicated 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. A visit to the museum can only be made by prior arrangement.
Museum of Irons. Once a former merchant house has now become a museum, giving its shelves to irons. Here you can trace the evolution of this important object for our everyday life. The museum houses over 200 exhibits. These are bronze, steel, cast iron, electric and alcohol. Each of the irons is ready to serve one purpose - to iron, creating a flawless look for clothes. The museum is located in the city of Pereslavl-Zalessky.
Museum of Russian Vodka. This exposition features 800 varieties of products from 80 Russian distilleries and foreign products. Also in the museum you can see various moonshine stills, as well as the first mechanized machine for dispensing alcohol. Tourists are encouraged to look at vintage bottles and a variety of labels. Bread wine tasting is also offered. The museum itself is located in Uglich.
Mammoth Museum. In order to visit it, you will have to descend to a depth of 20 meters, where a cave has been cut down in the permafrost. It is here, in the cold, that the remains of animals that lived on Taimyr 20 thousand years ago are kept. In the museum you can see a collection of mammoth bones, their tusks, pieces of skins and bodies of these amazing and long-extinct animals. The museum itself is located in distant Yakutsk.
Mouse Museum. This cute museum, known all over the world, was created by enthusiasts on a selfless basis and is famous for its homeliness. In the city of Myshkin there is a museum in which toy rodents live from all over the world - Japan, France, Germany. It contains more than five thousand exhibits, some of them are gifts from famous people, and many are made by children themselves. Domestic characters are also interesting - enamel mice from Rostov, Moscow matryoshka mice and clay Samara mice. More details about the museum can be found at http://www.myshgorod.com.
Sun Museum. This museum is located not in the place of Indian settlement in South America, but in our Novosibirsk. The exhibition is illuminated even on bad days - after all, it contains hundreds of images of our sun, which disperse bad weather. The museum displays numerous images of the sun gods, solar signs, myths and tales dedicated to the sun, as well as hymns. It will also be interesting to look at the products of the masters of applied art, who will once again remind that we are all children of the sun. In total, the museum houses more than one and a half thousand exhibits dedicated to our star.
Clock Museum. In contrast to the common proverb, even happy people will be able to watch the clock in this place. In the city of Angarsk, there has been a museum of watches since 1968, based on a private collection that has been collected for more than half a century. Looking at the objects of time measurement in ten rooms, some of which date from the 18th century, it is easy to forget about everything. Here you can see a skeleton clock and a basket clock, a clock in the form of a miniature steam locomotive, as well as cabinet, wall and coach clocks. There are over a thousand exhibits in the museum.
Museum of water. Visitors to this museum are invited to follow the difficult path that a drop of water makes before getting into our apartments, and then back into water bodies. The exhibition presents the evolution of water supply facilities in Moscow, its construction, starting from ancient times. Those who are especially interested have the opportunity to launch miniature models of equipment and facilities of Mosvodokanal. The museum is located in Moscow, not far from the Proletarskaya metro station. A similar museum, by the way, is located in St. Petersburg.
Wolf Museum. This character is known to everyone since early childhood, where he was a frequent guest of fairy tales. In general, the wolf appears in other guises in the museum - it is both a natural predator and a totem symbol. Here are collected films, sculptures, toys, paintings and poems dedicated to this interesting animal. Perhaps you can change your idea of it by visiting the Tambov Museum.
Bread Museum. There is a museum in Vladivostok that proves that bread, an everyday food product, can also be an interesting subject. The history of bakery is centuries old, and the exhibition tries to tell about this, which tells about baking mechanisms, shows granary books, as well as rare photographs and personal belongings of bakers of old times. It is curious that one of the halls has been turned into a pastry shop a century ago. However, it is not necessary to go to the Far East; there is a similar museum in St. Petersburg.