The City of Zhigulyovsk is located on a territory of unique historical and natural significance. It sits on the banks of the Middle Volga River, where the National Park "Samarskaya Luka" (Samara Bend) and Zhigulyovsk Reserve "Sprygin" converge. The Municipal Museum of Regional Studies was opened on November 18, 1959.
The Museum consists of showrooms, an information center, restoration workshops, a media center and an exhibition "People's Gallery." In addition, the Museum has a branch, called "Zhigulyovskaya Skazka" (Zhigulyovsk Fairytale), located in the town of Zolnoye where visitors can participate in live performances of traditional fairytales and legends.
The Museum's collection includes 12,511 objects, namely photographs, handwritten and printed documents, artwork, Soviet era coins and other artifacts. There are three showrooms open to the public: "The History of Zhigulyovsk, its Industrial Development and Construction," "Heritage" and "Nature".
In a cozy theater one can watch documentaries about Samarskaya Luka, its landscape and ethnic groups.
City in the Names of its Streets and Squares," and "Legends and Lore of Samarskaya Luka." The Museum welcomes groups interested in conducting their next seminar and conference in the area, and is ready to assist teachers and other professionals from the fields of culture and education with their interactive programs.
The average number of visitors annually is about 6,500