Chelyabinsk Regional Museum of Local History is a unique treasury of historical, cultural and spiritual heritage of the region.
In 1913 a team of enthusiasts headed by a renowned scholar and geographer I.М. Krasheninnikov began to collect exhibits for the museum. In the autumn of 1919 upon the end of the Civil War the museum establishment was assigned to I.G. Gorokhov who became its first director. The opening ceremony was arranged on 1 July 1923. Afterwards exhibitions were moved to various premises several times. The museum finally “settled” in 2006 in a new building located in the historical centre of the city on the site of Chelyabinsk fortress. That is why the outlines of the building resemble the vallum and the fortress.
The collection was enriched each year: something was donated by individuals, some exhibits were bought, the personnel of the museum went on ethno trips. Today the museum has about 300,000 exhibits in various large and small collections: objects of the ancient Russian art of the XVIII-XX centuries and church art of the XIX-early XX centuries; works of artists of Chelyabinsk and Chelyabinsk region, unique posters of the first years of the Soviet regime, posters of 1920-1930s, period of the Great Patriotic War. There is an open children’s museum.
The museum also offers the largest collections of the sculpture of the XVIII-XX centuries, arts and crafts, numismatics, archeology (the gold of the Sarmatian priestess and her genuine face), ethnography, weapons, rare books and photos, unique compilation in the history of technology, etc.
Address: Trud Street, 100, Chelyabinsk, Chelyabinsk Region, Russian Federation, 454000
Phone: +7 (351) 263-08-32
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