An exhibition dedicated to the history of the development of the Arctic, the remotest and so far insufficiently explored region in Russia, will open at the Media Centre in Zaryadye Park on 29 September. Visitors will be able to see unique exhibits, including household articles, equipment and outfit from the first Arctic expeditions. Also, they will see the Northern Lights, a breathtaking natural phenomenon, which will be recreated using a special multimedia installation.
“The Russian Arctic exhibition will open the park’s first exhibition season,” said Pavel Trekhleb, director of the park. “The exhibition will run from 29 September through 15 February.”
One of the main exhibits on display will be an accurate copy of the tent which was used by famous Soviet Arctic explorer Ivan Papanin during his expedition. Visitors will have to get inside the tent to see Papanin’s table with his cup, Primus stove and other items the explorer used in his daily life, as well as his equipment and outfit. Anyone will be able to try their hand at being a radio operator and transmit a Morse code message using special equipment.
In addition to the copies, the exhibition will feature real items that scientists brought back from their Arctic expeditions, for example, a tent, equipment, clothes and domestic articles of polar explorers from the Borneo floating ice station built in 2000 close to the North Pole. The exhibition will also showcase drawings by travellers Fyodor Konyukhov and Fyodor Reshetnikov, as well as exciting photographs from polar expeditions.
The real Northern Lights will be recreated at the central part of the exhibition using a 2.5-metre-high multimedia holographic screen for the 3D projections of the night sky that will produce iridescent effects. The public will also be able to watch videos to learn more about the nature of this phenomenon. Films about the culture and daily life of the indigenous people in the North will be screened in a hall with padded stools that will be located in a genuine yaranga, a traditional pelt-covered dwelling of nomadic people in the North.
Children will be able to visit a youth polar station to draw polar animals and animate their drawings. Zaryadye Park has released 5,000 post cards with its logo that will be distributed among young visitors. Children will have the opportunity to send their cards with greetings right on the spot using the mail box installed in the exhibition hall.
The exhibition will be open on Mondays from 2 pm until 8 pm and on the other days from 10 am until 8 pm. Full ticket price (without concession) is 250 roubles.
The Media Centre opened on the same day as Zaryadye Park, on 9 September. Its pavilion Polyot (Flight) invites visitors to watch an interactive film about Moscow’s attractions, Flight over Moscow, and a film about the history of the city at the Time Machine pavilion, and listen to a lecture on medicine, the environment or landscape design in the lecture hall.
Zaryadye Park is open every day from 10 am until 10 pm and its pavilions from 10 am until 8 pm, except on Mondays when the park is open from 2 pm until 10 pm and its pavilions open at 2 pm. Last admission is at 9 pm.