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“What an amazing place – the Yaroslavl province! How many historical recollections you meet on every your step, how many local Saints, strings of life, activities in trade and industry, how many enterprises…”

I.S. Aksakov




The Yaroslavl region is a land of classical Russian landscape, immense distance of the Volga River, lakes Pleshcheyevo and Nero, the Rybinsk sea, pure winding rivers, pine forests and birch groves. It’s a deep protected territory. It’s a concentration of a real life growing by its own laws.

The thousand-year history full of traditions is represented in the museums of Yaroslavl. Collections strike by their richness and variety – Yaroslavl icon-painting, medieval decorative silver, handmade printed books, precious decorative clothes, provincial portraits, the famous Rostov enamels, the Russian vanguard, foreign art and also world-famous monuments of the Yaroslavl architecture and monumental painting.

The Yaroslavl museums are ready to offer you participation in the following tourist programs connected with museums:

­                    Celebrate the Old New Year with Peter the First on the territory of the Museum-Estate “Peter’s the Great Botik” (“Peter’s the Great Small Boat”).

­                    Visit to the majestic Kremlin monuments in Rostov and Uglich.

­                    Tour around the historical centre of Yaroslavl and its Embankment in carriages and phaetons.

­                    Revelation of the world-famous monument of the Old-Russian literature – the poem “The Lay of Igor’s Host”.

­                    Unforgettable evening at the Main Hall of the Governor’s Residence in Yaroslavl Art Museum.

­                    Visit to the East, by seeing the Chinese and Japanese porcelain, famous varnishes, carved ivories, copper casts, the Central Asia’s ceramics in the Rybinsk State Museum-Preserve of History, Architecture and Art.

­                    Strolls along shady lanes in the parks of the Yaroslavl museums.

­                    Seeing the boundless distances from the belvederes of the Big House in Karabikha, which inspired the great Russian poet – N.A. Nekrasov.


Here you can take part in the following kaleidoscope of festivals and holidays:

­                    Nekrasov’s Poetry Holiday in the State Literary Memorial Museum-Estate “Karabikha”.

­                    “Preobrazheniye” – festival of choral and bell music in the Yaroslavl Museum-Preserve of History and Architecture.

­                    All-Russian Exhibition-Fair of bells in the Yaroslavl Art Museum.

­                    Festival “Living Antiquity” in the State Museum-Preserve “The Rostov Kremlin”.


The Yaroslavl Museum-Preserve of Russian History, Architecture and Art


 The Yaroslavl Museum-Preserve in the year of its 140th anniversary is considered to be one of the biggest and most interesting museums of Russia. It possesses about 3 hundred thousand objects of art among which several unique collections: collection of the Yaroslavl icon-painting of the 15-18th centuries, objects of gold and silver fields, objects of front and ornamental needlework, collection of parchment manuscripts of the 13-15th centuries, and made even before the Tatar-Mongol yoke.

The museum is situated in the oldest ensemble of the architectural monuments of the Saviour-Transfiguration Monastery (13-20th centuries). The Saviour-Transfiguration Cathedral (1516), the first stone temple of Yaroslavl, is considered to be a pearl of this architectural ensemble. Moscow and Yaroslavl skilled men made its frescoes during the reign of Ivan the Terrible.

The original treasures of Russia are the Yaroslavl churches of the 17th century: the Church of Ilya the Prophet, the Church of St. John the Baptist, the Epiphany Church, the Church of St. Nicholas Nadein, the Church of the Nativity of Christ, famous for their magnificent mural paintings and luxurious decor.

Nearly all churches-museums and the belfry of the Saviour –Transfiguration Monastery, from which opens an unforgettable panorama of Yaroslavl, welcome their guests from May till October.

The exposition “Lay of Igor’s Host” is the only Russian exposition dedicated to the Old-Russian epos of the 12th century. The department of nature attracts both children and adults by its collections of animals and dioramas, spacious collection of insects from all over the world.

All expositions of the History Department represent archeology and ethnography, history and culture of the Yaroslavl region. The most brilliant masterpieces of the Old-Russian painting, front needlework, wooden sculpture you can see at the exhibition “Images of the Old Yaroslavl. Art of the 15-18th centuries”. You can also see European and Russian porcelain at the exhibition “Charm of Ancient Porcelain”.

The memorial House-Museum of L.V. Sobinov possesses a unique collection of theatrical costumes, properties and gramophone recording of this prominent Russian tenor.

You can see a new collection “The Woman’s Space of the 20th century” in the museum of V.V. Tereshkova. The international festival of chorus and chimes “Preobrazheniye” has turned into a crowded and bright holiday of the whole city. It is called upon to revive lost traditions of the Russian musical culture. It was rewarded with the prize “The Best Museum’s Project“ on the fifth exhibition “Intermuseum–2003”.

The contest of the best bell-ringers of Russia held during the festival “Preobrazheniye” attracts crowds of people.


25, Ploshchad Bogoyavleniya (Epiphany square), Russia, 150000

Tel./Fax +7 (4852) 30-38-69, 30-40-72

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The Yaroslavl Museum of Russian Art


This museum is the winner of the 1st All-Russian contest “Window Into Russia” and the biggest art museum in provincial Russia. Its richest collection represents the very spiritual inner world of the Old Russia and the art of the so-called “Golden” and “Silver” Ages of Russia, soft traditions of district bourgeoisie and variety of modern culture.

The museum is located in the former residence of the Governor of Yaroslavl. Nowadays in the Governor’s house tourist’s attention is attracted by a front cabinet-library and its big exposition “Three Centuries of Russian Art”. Nowadays Metropolitan Chambers built by lona Sysoevitch, priest of the highest rank, house many celebrated Yaroslavl icons. Among them can be mentioned “The Icon of the Saviour Pantocrator” of the 13th century.

The museum “House on Novinskaya street” (branch in Tutayev) is the single museum of provincial bourgeoisie’s way of life in Russia.


 23, Volga Embankment, Yaroslavl, 150000,

Tel. + 7 0852 30-35-04, Fax + 7 0852 30-48-31,

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The State Museum-Preserve “Rostov Kremlin”


The State Museum-Preserve “Rostov Kremlin” was founded in 1883 as a museum of church antiquities. It is situated on the territory of the former bishop’s house (the Rostov Kremlin) – a unique splendid monument of the architecture of the 17th century.

The museum houses numerous expositions: “The Old-Russian Art of the 15-18th centuries”, the museum of church antiquities, the museum of enamel, the art gallery; numerous exhibitions such as “Bells and Cymbals of Main Staging Posts”, open funds of porcelain and ceramics, “Patterns of My Soul” (laces from private museum’s collection), “Russian Way of Life and Russian Beverages”, “Archeology of the Rostov Land”.


The museum-hotel “House on the Kremlin’s cellars” (located in the Kremlin)

Tel.+ 7 (48536) 6-12-44, Fax + 7 (48536) 6-15-02

In the souvenir shop of the Kremlin there is a spacious choice of Rostov enamels, souvenirs and books. Here you can also taste traditional Russian beverages.

Tel. + 7 (48536) 6-25-53 add. 224,

Kremlin, Rostov, Yaroslavl region, 152151, Tel.+ 7 (48536) 6-15-02

Excursion department Tel./Fax + 7 (48536) 6-17-17

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Branches of the museum:

Museum in Borisogleb

Borisoglebsky Settlement, Rostov District, Yaroslavl Region, 152170

Tel./Fax + 7 (48539) 2-11-84

The church of St. John the Divine on Ishnya – is the masterpiece of the wooden architecture of the 17th century.

Bogoslov village, Rostov District, Yaroslavl Region

Tel. + 7 (48536) 6-25-53 add. 277


The State Literary-Memorial Museum-Estate “Karabikha” Estate


The Karabikha museum is the only estate in the Yaroslavl region that has preserved its original architectural look. The two-storied house with belvedere and wings is buried in verdure. From the 18th century Karabikha belonged to the Princes Golitsyns and was used as a native residence of the Yaroslavl Civil Governor. In the 1900-ies the famous Russian poet N.A. Nekrasov bought the estate. In the museum-estate Karabikha one can have a rest and also spend time with benefit. While going on the estate tour you can become a participant of the following museum’s programs:

– “Legends of the Old House” – you will get acquainted with the family history of N. A. Nekrasov.

– “Games, Funs and Amusements” – a playing program for those who wish to learn several Russian games in summer and to go sledging in winter.

– “To Granddad Mazay” – an unusual trip both for children and adults to the land of Nekrasov’s heroes.

Together with the old Granddad Mazay you will visit a country fair, get acquainted with a merry tradesman Uncle Yakov and with a small country boy you will go to district school.


Karabikha village, Krasnye Tkachi, Yaroslavl Region, 150520,

Tel. + 7 (4852) 43-41-83, E-mail:


The Pereslavl-Zalesskiy State History, Architecture and Art Museum-Preserve


The particular interest attracts the golden iconostasis made by the famous engraver Yakov Zhukov. The museum also possesses several collections of the Old Russian art (15-18th c.), Russian painting (18-20th c.), fine and applied arts (16-19th c.). The following costumed programs always impress Russian and foreign guests:

v “Matchmaking”, “Celebration of a Name Day”, “Oh, These Women...!”.

v Museum-Estate “Botik” (Small Boat)

Lake Pleshcheyevo is considered to be a cradle of the Russian navy. Here at the end of the 17th century tsar Peter started building sea crafts, yachts, galleys, the so-called “poteshnaya flotiliya”. In 1803 a stone hall was built in the estate. Now it is a kind of museum for Peter’s boat “Fortune”, anchors and tacking from the other boats of Peter’s marine. The ensemble of the estate also includes the White palace, the Triumphal Arch, the exhibiting hall Rotonda, where usual Peter’s assemblies take place.


4, Museum’s alley, Pereslavl-Zalesskiy, Yaroslavl Region, 152024,

Tel.+ 7 (48535) 3-81-00, Tel/Fax+ 7 (48535) 2-31-24

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The Uglich History and Art Museum


The Uglich History and Art Museum is situated on the territory of the Kremlin in the center of the old Uglich.

The museum always attracts attention of Russian and foreign tourists. Numerous exhibits connected with the history of Uglich and Russia as well are displayed in the unique architectural monuments of the 15-19th centuries. In the oldest structure of the Uglich Kremlin – the Prince’s chambers, erected in 1480 by Andrey the Bolshoi – one can see two permanent exhibitions, one dedicated to Tsarevitch Dimitry and the other – to the history of Uglich.

The Church of Tsarevitch Dimitry on Blood was constructed at the end of 17th century on a death spot of this innocent child. One of the exhibits of the exposition is the very “exile bell”, which notified about the beginning of the so-called “Troubled times” in Russia.

The Saviour-Transfiguration Cathedral (beginning of the 18th century) is the biggest structure of the Kremlin’s ensemble and is famous for its wall-paintings and carved iconostasis. It also houses the exposition of the Old Russian art.

The Epiphany Cathedral (1827) is the place where one can see the museum’s art collections of the 18-20th centuries.


3, Kremlin, Uglich, Yaroslavl Region, 152615,

Tel./Fax + 7 (48532) 5-36-78,

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The Museum of the Yaroslavl City History


It is situated on the Volga Embankment in the former merchant mansion of the 19th century. The walls of this house, covered in decorative moulding, remember its former owners. Notwithstanding its ancient architecture the Museum of the Yaroslavl City History is the youngest museum of Yaroslavl, its exhibition was opened in 1999. One can see almost 10 hundreds of years of the Yaroslavl history in the museum halls, its key and the most interesting historical events and famous people of the city.

In 2001 the Department “From the History of the Yaroslavl Medicine” opened presenting history of health protection of the city since ancient times.

The museum organizes excursion around the city, in exhibition halls of the museum and a playing fancy-dress program “Matchmaking in Yaroslavl” for visitors of every age.

Visitors can buy souvenirs in the museum, rest in the city cafй, situated in the cozy inner court of the Museum, and have dinner in “Tavern on the Embankment”, conventionalized as a Russian small restaurant.


Yaroslavl, Volga Embankment, 17

Tel. + 7 (4852) 30-41-75, fax 72-83-40


The Rybinsk State History, Architecture and Art Museum-Preserve


This museum, one of the best museums of the Upper Volga Region, was founded in 1910. Museum houses more than 100 thousand exhibits: from saurian bones to paintings of famous artists.

In 2004 the museum became prizewinner of the VI All-Russian Museum Festival “Intermuseum” in the nomination “The Regional Culture Program”. Visitors can participate in informative and entertainment programs. Interactive programs for families on weekends are also interesting.

Children holidays according to folk calendar:

January – “Christ’s Epiphany”; “Literate Naum”.

March-April – “Aleksey the Warm”.

April-May – “Feast of Feasts Easter”.

October – “Autumn Days”.

November – “Paraskeva’s Name Day”.

December – “Christ is born, cheer the world”.

Different ecological festivals-quizzes, dedicated to the World Water Day celebrated in March and to the World Birds Day in April, are very popular among museumgoers.

The unique Museum of Drowned Territories – the Museum of Mologa Region – invites all resettlers Mologa-dwellers to meet on August 13, 2005.

You can participate in a virtual excursion at the Rybinsk Museum, visiting our site on Internet:


152901, Rybinsk, Volga Embankment, 2.

Tel. + 7 (4855) 520-190; tel./fax: 520-689; 522-526 – excursions department



Myshkin`s museums


Myshkin is the smallest town of the Upper Volga region with the population of 6 thousand people. It is situated 260 km from Moscow and 100 km from Yaroslavl.

As the legend says the town got its funny name owing to a brave rodent. It had saved the Prince of this land from a bite of a venomous snake. The first ancient settlement, that existed here long before, got its name Myshkin and then in 1777 a town status and its coat of arms with a mouse on it.

Nowadays Myshkin is the town-museum of the Russian province, preserving ancient merchant’s buildings and a particular provincial way of life. There are several functioning smithies and potteries and also a workshop producing linen dolls. One can visit the following museums:

– The Museum of the Mouse - the single in the world (

– The richest museum of region’s history, which possesses a spacious range of objects: from mammoth’s tusks and wooden rubbers to an example of the first Russian TV set.

– The museum of Russian valenki.

– The museum of peasant’s wooden architecture in the open air.

– The museum of ancient techniques, a unique collection of water and land transport, where one can see the first Russian launch and sausage engine as well.

– The museum of P. Smirnov, a world famous manufacturer of vodka.

– The Art Gallery.


The international festival “Mouse - 2008” will take place in Myshkin in 2008 (the year of the Mouse according to the Eastern calendar). The town always welcomes its guests!


18a, Pushkin Street, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Region, 152830

Tel. + 7 (48544) 2-27-77, Fax + 7 (48544) 2-26-21


21, Uglich Street, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Region, 152830

Tel./Fax + 7 (48544) 2-79-73