The museum is situated in a wooden house typical for Vologda architecture of the second half of the XIXth century. The house belonged to a local merchant Dmitry Panteleev who had a big family of 17 children. In 1991 it was decided to give the house over to the Vologda State Museum.
The exhibition on the ground-floor shows interiors of a living-room, a dining-room, a study and a nursery typical for the end of the XIXth - the beginning of the XXth centuries. The main exhibits are the things that have fallen into oblivion and are not used nowadays.
The first-floor of the house is organized in an enfilade form. Going from one room into another the visitors can enjoy observing the portraits of Vologda inhabitants of the earlier centuries. The main hall is used for literary, musical and theatre events.
On the second floor there is a room for temporary exhibitions where modern artists have the possibility to present their work