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The museum was opened in 1871 and is the oldest one in the North-West Russia. The museum provides a clear and informative account of how the town grew. The museum collections include 160,000 objects which illustrate regional nature, archaeology, history, culture of the Russians, the Karelians and the Finn,. The museum is housed in the XVIIIth-century architectural ensemble of Round Square (Lenin square) - the first example of stone secular architecture in Karelia. The residence of the Olonets governor and offices were housed in these buildings as well as institutions of republican governing in the soviet times. The Department of Nature is placed not far from Lenin Square in the wooden residence once belonged to the head of the Olonets mining district (Engelsa 5)

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museum: The National Museum of the Republic of Karelia