On 2 October, Leningradsky and Yaroslavsky railway stations will open an exhibit called The History of Railways. Thirty replicas of ancient engravings from the State Historical Museum collection will be on display. The works that have witnessed the construction of Russia’s first railway tracks have never been shown to the public before.
The engraving reproductions will be placed in railway station halls near the ticket offices. Passengers travelling on the Yaroslavl and Leningrad lines will be able to see them through 1 February 2018. Admission will be free.
“The exhibit marks the 180th anniversary of the opening of the first Tsarskoye Selo Railway in Russia that took place on 30 October 1837 during a ceremony. This is a joint project of our museum and Russian Railways,” said the press service of the State Historical Museum.
The engraving replicas will depict the first railway, the first railway stations and bridges. Visitors will see the railway construction process that took place in the rain and snow in the early 19th century.
The State Historical Museum turned 145 this year. For the first time in 30 years, it opened its grand entrance on Red Square to the public.
The Historical Museum is one of the world’s largest museums and the largest in Russia. It includes St Basil’s Cathedral with the monument to Minin and Pozharsky, the museum Chambers of the Romanov Boyars on Varvarka Street, the Museum of the Patriotic War of 1812, the exhibition complex on Revolyutsii Square and the Restoration Workshops Complex in Izmailovo District. The State Historical Museum’s collection includes over 5 million items and 14 million documents. Annual attendance exceeds 1.5 million.