The State Historical Museum, marking its 145th anniversary in 2017, is now opening a new season with the exhibit ‘Handsome Man. Russian Trend-Setters from the second half of the 18th Century through the early 20th Century.’ The exhibit will focus on men’s apparel and the Museum’s costume collection, Museum Director Alexei Levykin said.
This year, the Museum will also host an exhibit on the 140th anniversary of the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 narrating all crucial events of that period.
The exhibit ‘Energy of Dream’ will open in the run-up to the 100th anniversary of the October 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. We are in talks with the National Museum of China to take the exhibit to Beijing, Mr Levykin said. In early 2017, an exhibit on Russia’s 18th-19th century history opened in China’s Shanxi Province.
Mr Levykin also discussed plans for the next few years. For example, the museum staff is preparing for an ambitious project called ‘World National Museums contribute to Historical Museum,’ which will include the British Museum, the Louvre and the German Historical Museum, from 2018 through 2022.
The Museum is responsible for preserving the unique monument to Minin and Pozharsky that was unveiled on Red Square in 1818, and experts are set to restore it by 2018.
There are plans to open a depository/exhibition centre occupying 120,000 square metres near the town of Kommunarka by 2022 when the Museum will celebrate its 150th anniversary. The current museum depository is overflowing with various items, that is, 400 items per square metre of floor space. Moving surplus items to Kommunarka, will free up space for new exhibit areas that will include 20th century history, numismatics and collections of precious materials, Mr Levykin said.
All museum items are to be posted online by 2025, with the museum database listing texts and images. The current museum collection has over five million items and about 15 million documents.
On its 145th anniversary, the State Historical Museum will be open seven days a week until 12 February, and will cut admission costs by 50 percent. Admission is free on 9 February.