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The History Department Irkutsk Museum of Regional Studies

Tourism in Russia > Irkutsk > The History Department Irkutsk Museum of Regional Studies

The History Department Irkutsk Museum of Regional Studies

The East-Siberian Branch of the Emperor’s Russian Geographical Society (The History Department Irkutsk Museum of Regional Studies)

The museum was founded in 1782 and is considered to be one of the oldest museums in Russia. The Siberian branch of the Russian Geographical Society, to which the museum was handed in 1854, was opened in Irkutsk in 1851. After the fire of 1879 the old museum building perished together with its rich collections and exhibits. The present building was constructed in 1882-1883 by architect Henri Rosen. The funds for the construction were partly allotted by the government and partly donated by merchants Trapeznikov, Khaminov, Sibiryakov and Sievers. The museum complex includes the museum building itself, the library and the gate, all built in Moorish style. The funds were raised by Governor General Dmitry Anouchin who was then elected as President of the East-Siberian Department of the Russian Geographical Society.

Friezes are decorated with the names of world-famous explorers of Siberia - Bering, Wrangel, Georgi, Gmelin, Humboldt, Krasheninnikov, Ledebur, Messerschmidt, Middendorff, Miller, Pallas, Steller, Maack, Maksimovich, Nordenskjold, Przewalski, Turchaninov and Cherski.

K. Marksa street, 2

 
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