The museum of the history of stone-carving was founded in 1989. It was founded attached to the Polzunov stone-carving works in Kolyvan. The traditions of stone-carving skill can be traced to the late 18th-early 19th c.
When an imperial grinding works which dealt with semi-precians stone meshinging was constructed. Most part of the articles of the Kolyvan grinding works are kept in the depositories of the Hermitage and in other Russion museums. The museum in the Altai has in it's funds interesting collections of sem precious stones found in the Altai wonderful articles made by the masters of the 19th c., items which reflect the history and development of the works.