Museum Reviews

Tsarist Russia joined Europe’s museum craze a little late, developing a few large museums by the time of the Revolution. The USSR later enthusiastically developed museums as educational and propaganda tools – even pioneering new types of museums. Today, the cities within the former Eastern Bloc contain surprising numbers of these institutions, both private and publically funded, and on nearly every subject imaginable. Many of these museums have survived wars, revolutions, and economic and political collapse, often by innovating ways of preserving, funding, and maintaining their collections. For anyone studying museum science, Russia and other former soviet bloc countries make for fascinating study abroad destinations.

Taltsy Museum of Architecture near Irkutsk

Архитектурно-этнографический музей “Тальцы” / Taltsy Museum of Architecture and Ethnography Алеутская, 11   150 rubles general entrance fee (Other prices may apply for special events.) ~100 rubles Marshrutka ride from Irkutsk to the museum Located about 40 minutes outside the city of Irkutsk, on the way to the popular Baikal shore town of Listvyanka, is the […]

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