The State History Museum will sell tickets at half-price and stay open, 6-12 February, in honour of its 145th anniversary, with free admission for all on 9 February, its birthday.
The museum will hold several new exhibitions next year. The Good-Looker: Russian Male Fashion from the 2nd Half of the 18th Century into the Early 20th Century illustrates the evolution of Russian men’s clothing. The Hour of Leisure presents the folk festive attire in a retrospect of public entertainment, complete with a pottery and glassware show reflecting the choice of festive dishes and the table etiquette. The Energy of a Dream re-creates the Russian Revolution of 1917, and The Kuban Cossacks, to open in autumn 2017, will show Cossack martial and cultural traditions.
“The museum managers regard this anniversary as the start of preparations for its 150th anniversary in 2022. Over the next five years, the museum is to establish a state-of-the-art exhibition centre in the Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative areas and a museum centre next to the Novodevichy Convent to house an exhibition on the history of the Russian Orthodox Church,” the History Museum press service says.
The History Museum is Russia’s largest museum and one of the most prominent museums in the world. It includes the Cathedral of St Basil the Blessed, the Minin and the Pozharsky monument in front of St Basil’s, the Romanov boyars’ mansion on Varvarka Street, the Museum of the Patriotic War of 1812, an exhibition complex in Revolution Square, and the Izmailovo restoration workshops. The museum depository holds more than 5 million items and 14 million sheets of documents. The museum receives a million and a half visitors a year.
This year the History Museum on Red Square launched virtual tours. Virtual tourists can see Kutuzov’s, Napoleon’s and other historical characters’ belongings represented with accuracy and down to the smallest detail.