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The Smolensk State Museum-Preserve


Phone: (4812) 38-73-73

Address: 214000, Smolensk region, Smolensk City, Communisticheskaya Road, 4

Location: from the Railway Station to Tukhachevskiy Street by bus or by fixed-route taxi№ 10, № 21,№ 22,№ 40, № 41,by tram № 7; from Collhoznaya Square to Glinka Street by bus or by fixed-route taxi № 21, № 42

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Internet:
    www.russianmuseums.info/M673 - official web page
    The Smolensk State Museum-Preserve - W1508, official web site www.smolensk-museum.ru/

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Description:
    The Smolensk State Museum-Preserve was found in 1888, and now it's one of the largest many profiled museum units in Russia. It consists of 12 Smolensk exposition departments in Smolensk and 4 regional branch officers. The museum funds run above 600 thousands exhibits including more than 400 thousands things of the main fund. The most unique things are those collected by the founders of the museum, such as: M. K. Tenisheva, S. P. Pisarev, V. I. Grachyov, I. F. Barshevskiy, G. L. Gravve, and Y. Y. Alekseyev.

    The most special pages of the many centuries of the Russian history connected with the Smolensk Region are reflected in its expositions. It's the ancient history - the first mention of Smolensk in chronicles as "city great and large in people" refers to the year of 863. It's the heroism and the military valor of thelong suffering defender of the Western borders of Russia. It's the ancient traditions and the skill of flax growing. It's the motherland of the composerand the ancestor of the Russian classical music M. I. Glinka, of the outstanding sculpture S. T. Konyonkov, of the traveler and explorer M. N. Przhevalskiy, of the poet A. T. Tvardovskiy. It's Talashkino - the famous art center of Russia at the edge of the 19th - 20th centuries connected with the studying and the revival of the traditions of the Russian applied arts.

    The Smolensk City museums are the next: the museum "the Smolensk Flax", the Museum of Sculpture of S. T. Konyonkov, the History Museum,the museum "the Smolensk Region in the years of the Great Patriotic War, 1941 - 1945", the museum " In the World of a Fairy Tale", the museum "Smolensk - the Shield of Russia" (Gromovaya (Thunder) Tower), the museum "the City Smithy", the museum of Nature and Ecology, the flat museum "A. T. Tvardovskiy in Smolensk, 1943 - 1965", the Historical and Architectural Complex "Teremok".

    The branches of the Museum situated in the Smolensk Region: the Estate MuseumM. I. Glinka, the House Museum N. M. Przhevalskiy, the museum of the Partisans' Glory, the House and Estate of A. T. Tvardovskiy, the House Museum of M. A. Yegorov.

    In 2013 the Smolensk State Museum-Preserve will celebrateits 125th anniversary. But in spite of such a solid age it confirms itself in a new quality, searches for the new approaches to the matter, takes an active part in interregional and international projects



Museum's building(s):
    The Museum-Preserve occupies 37 buildings, and 33 of them are the monuments of architecture. Among them there are such unique and aesthetically satisfying buildings as a couple of the Historical and Architectural Complex "Teremok" in Flyonovo (not far from Talashkino): the Church of the Holy Spirit (1902 - 1903) decorated with the mosaic by N. K. Roerich's design, and so-called "Teremok", looking like a house from a fairy tale small chamber-tower built by the project of C. V. Malutin in the style of the Russian Revival Architecture.

    One of the war history museums occupies the polyhedral Gromovaya (Thunder) Tower of the Smolensk Fortress Wall (1596 - 1602). Some buildings have attractiveness in the aspects of art and history. Among them there is a building of the museum "the Russian Antique" (1903 - 1905) built for M. K. Tenisheva's art collection, the former building of Tsar Alexander the II Technical High School (1878) occupied by the new exposition of the Picture Gallery, a one-stored building with a mezzanine floor of the late 19th century given to the Museum of Sculpture ofS. T. Konyonkov in 1973



Museum foundator: Pisarev Semyon Petrovich (1846-1904), Tenisheva Maria Klavdiyevna (1858-1928)


Museum's services:
   museum shop, lecture hall, Internet access, theatre

Museum has :
   theartre

Next to the museum there are:
    hotels and restaurants


for museum professionals

Administrative phone:
    (4812) 38-73-73, Fax: (4812) 38-73-46



Foundation and opening day:
    founded: 28.06.1888

Organisation status:
   State Russia

Organization form:
   non-for-profit

Organisation type:
    culture for society, scientific, educational

Classification:
    Museum preserve

Squares:
    permament show rooms 5009,9м2
    temporary exhibitions 178,1м2
    museum's store 1663,8м2
    museum's parks 38,2га

Employee number:
    264 (curators: 86)

Average visitors per year:
    246 570


Specific departments:
    archive, science library, experts team, restoration dep. (живопись, графика, керамика, ткани, темперная живопись, дерево)

Collections volume:
    608 000, rare collection's items: свыше 400 000

Rare collections (unique items):
    The memorial things of M. I. Glinka's family - 60 things
    The sculptural works of S. T. Konyonkov - 80 things
    The collection of the decorative and applied art works ofM. K. Tenisheva- 3 000 things
    The archaeological collection of the things from the excavations of the Gnyozdovo Archaeological Complex - approx. 2 000 things
    The memorial things of N. M. Przhevalskiy (the science library, his own things) - 1 500 things
    The Western Europe paintings - 400 things
    The books of the printing pioneer Ivan Fyodorov - 3 things
    The charters and scrolls of the 17th - 18th centuries - 150 things
    The collection of guilds' banners of the Smolensk City of the 19th century - 9 things
    The Russian women's head-dresses - 200 things
    The Slutsk belts (with fragments) - 40 things
    The collection of M. Pogodin's photos on ethnography of the Smolensk Province - 400 things

    most interesting collection items


Publications:
    "The Museum Bulletin". Researches of the research officers. Parts 1- 6 for the years of 2006 - 2011
    Presentation reports of the RSBIC "The Smolensk State Museum-Preserve" for the years of 2005 - 2011
    The Battle of Smolensk. The year of 1941. Chronicle. Events. Fortunes: A popular scientific collection devoted to the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Smolensk. Smolensk, 2001
    The Monuments of the Fatherland. The almanac devoted to the Smolensk Museum-Preserve. 2002
    "The relics M. I. Glinka. To the 200th anniversary of M. I. Glinka's birthday". The author-compiler - V. I. Skleyenova. Smolensk, 2002. 47 pages
    The summery catalog of the Smolensk Museum's values stolen and lost in the years of the II World War. Moscow. 2005 - 2008
    N.A. Homyakov's letters to O.A. Vonlyarlyarskaya. The author-compiler - A.I. Polulyah. Bryansk. 2008. 176 pages


Web sites and CD-disks:
    above


Notes:
    The official name of the organization: the Regional State Budgetary Institution of Culture "The Smolensk State Museum-Preserve"





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