State historical museum

Russia's largest national historical museum
The State Historical Museum is Russia's largest national historical museum that showcases archaeological artefacts, numismatic items, weapons, household items, paintings and examples of decorative art. The complex of the museum also includes Saint Basil's Cathedral, the Museum of the Patriotic War of 1812 and Chambers of the Romanov Boyars.

Online project
'The State Historical Museum during the years of the Great Patriotic war'
To mark the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic war the State Historical Museum has prepared an online project dedicated to the heroism of the museum personnel during the years of war. The project presents a collection of memoirs, diaries and letters written by the museum workers at the front line, as well as stories of the rescue of unique objects of cultural heritage.
Stories of Soviet Moscow. Vysotki.
In 1930-50s, Stalin's Seven Sisters were constructed in Moscow. Many see them as harmonious addition to the city's appearance. For others, the high-rises are ill-placed scenery of the postwar years.
Soviet Moscow. Russian Army Theatre, VDNKh, Sovetskaya hotel
Like Stalin's Seven Sisters, the Army Theatre, VDNKh, and the Sovetskaya hotel were symbolic for the renovation of Moscow in the 1930s.
Stories of Vladimir Vysotsky's Moscow
The most significant period of Vladimir Vysotsky's life and creativity was closely tied to Moscow. He devised many different descriptions of it, and each piece of his song, verse, or prose contains amusing stories of the city.
The International Day for Monuments and Sites in the History Museum: What to read and watch on the internet to get more educated
18 April is the International Day for Monuments and Sites. The State History Museum has prepared a snap quiz for its staff for the occasion. In their short answers our colleagues told us what they think people should read to learn more about Russia's culture and history and thus benefit from self-isolation.
Galina Smorodinova
Senior researcher

Finish the sentence, 'Culture is...'

Culture is knowledge of one's historical heritage that gives us a unique opportunity to relate to various historical periods on a more personal level and immerse ourselves in various worlds. Any culture always has a spiritual foundation, it always relies on legends, traditions and is a product of the human spirit manifested in cultural artefacts, poetry and literature.

Name five books in your bookcase that you would recommend everyone to read:

1. Gold and Silver Crafts in the 15th–20 Centuries is a book penned by my mentors and founders of the research of the art of jewellery making in Russia Marina Postnikova-Loseva, Nina Georgiyevna Platonova and Bella Ulyanova.

2. Fabergé and Saint Petersburg jewellers is a fascinating and highly informative monograph from a series of books by Valentin Skurlov, the best expert and researcher of Carl Fabergé's firm.

3. Merchant Moscow is a book by Pavel Buryshkin and is a collection of memoirs of early 20th-century Moscow industrialists and merchants that played a huge role in public life and in arts at the time.

4. The Problem of Synthesis of Spatial Arts is a delightful book by outstanding arts historian Yelena Murina. The book is a great body of research on the development of arts.

5. Yuliya Voznesenskaya's futuristic dystopian novel Cassandra's Way, or Pasta Adventures is a great read about the time of the false prophet, the Antichrist and how to find one's way to God.

Which videos offered by museums now would you suggest people view today?

In self-isolation, I enjoyed watching video tours offered by the Hermitage Museum, Petergof, Abramtsevo, Fabergé as well as Anatoly Zverev's museum.
Aleksandra Kalashnikova
Head of the Numismatics Department

Finish the sentence, 'Culture is...'

Culture is an understanding of the value and beauty of the spiritual and material heritage that have been passed down to us from our ancestors and the willingness to expand upon and add to it.

Name five books in your bookcase that you would recommend everyone to read:

1. Two Captains by V Kaverin

2. Orders of the Russian Empire by V Durov

3. Metals and Things by M Shamakhanskaya

4. Russian Coins in the 14th–17th Centuries. Numismatics Essays by V Zaytsev

5. A History of the World in 100 Objects by N MacGregor

Which videos offered by museums now would you suggest people view today?

I recommend watching the virtual projects from the state history museum of which we've got plenty on our media portal (as the author, I simply must recommend the Orders of the Russian Empire website of the State History Museum portal). There are a lot of interesting tours available on the media portal as well as lectures and documentaries; my favourites include the lecture on the history of Moscow that never was from the Secrets of Moscow series and the tour of Carl Fabergé Jewellery. For fans of numismatics, there is a special section for 'experts' where you can find videos of some most interesting presentations from the Numismatics Readings at the State History Museum in 2019.
Kirill Klopkov
Museum Methodologist

Finish the sentence, 'Culture is...'

Culture is anything that keeps people going through tough times.

Name five books in your bookcase that you would recommend everyone to read:

1. Mere Christianity by Carol Lewis. It is a great exposition on the Christian world view that was typical of the Middle Ages, among other periods.

2. Domostroy. If you want to learn lots of great recipes and get some immensely useful advice on how to run a household and be on good terms with your loved ones this book is a must-read.

3. Praying of Daniel the Immured. Self-isolation is not a new phenomenon, and in Praying you can read about how medieval people dealt with it, what their thoughts and reasoning were.

4. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome. It is a delightful book to strengthen one's spirit and improve one's mood.

5. Satellites by Vera Panova. The book is about heroism, human interest stories and minor but ever so significant feats that people performed during the terrible days of the war.

Which videos offered by museums now would you suggest people view today?

The State History Museum online, of course: it's got a great collection of lectures and other materials on all sorts of historical events. I would also urge you to pay special attention to the Special projects section.
Denis Zhuravlev
Curator of the Antiques Collection of the History Museum

Finish the sentence, 'Culture is...'

Culture is a set of knowledge, artistic achievements, beliefs and traditions that make up a system of moral values for the individual and for society.

Name five books in your bookcase that you would recommend everyone to read:

1. Homer's Iliad. Homer is our everything, his treatise gives the best snapshot of true Greece, in all its manifestations from heroic Mycenaean Greece to simple Greece of the dark ages.

2. Gods, Graves and Scholars by C W Ceram. It is the best or at least one of the best books on archaeology and is a fascinating read too.

3. Russian History by V Kluchevskiy

4. A Study of History by Arnold J Toynbee. Arnold J Toynbee offers a general overview of various civilisations and explains the interplay between them, how they succeeded each other etc.

5. History of Early Christianity by I Sventsitskaya. This was the first book that I read about early Christianity; and today other books on the subject are available, some are more comprehensive, included translated ones. But back in the 1980s we did not have access to all those other books, and she introduced me to this unique subject.

Which videos offered by museums now would you suggest people view today?

The History Museum Blog: up to date information about artefacts stored in the museum. Mediaportal: presentations about the collection, the history of the museum and its collections by museum staff, conversations with history curators.
Natalya Ugleva
Senior research with the wood and furniture department

Finish the sentence, 'Culture is...'

Culture is a way of life.

Name five books in your bookcase that you would recommend everyone to read:

First, I want to note two books we have in the museum:

1. Furniture by Gambs. It is a catalogue published by the State History Museum on the unique collection of furniture made in the famous Saint Petersburg-based furniture shop run by Heinrich Gambs and his sons that operated in the city between the late 18th century and mid-19th centuries and manufactured furniture for royal residences and Russian aristocrats.

2. Deposed Thrones of the Russian Empire. A new publication by the State History Museum. It is the first large scale project undertaken jointly by 11 Russian museums that have in their collections authentic throne chairs ranging from the throne of Peter the First to that of Nicolas II.

3. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club by Charles Dickens

4. A Chekhov stories

5. The Night before Christmas by N Gogol

Which videos offered by museums now would you suggest people view today?

I love my country and take pride in her history. I love the museum I work with and regard its collection as the most interesting in the country. I love my colleagues; they are great intellectuals who give our History Museum their 110%. So naturally, my recommendation is the State History Museum online.
Anastasiya Vasilchenko
Senior research and a historian of Russian art

Finish the sentence, 'Culture is...'

Culture is immortality, it is the joy of creation and learning, it is an opportunity to touch the past and talk to the best minds in history.

Name five books in your bookcase that you would recommend everyone to read:

1. Categories of Medieval Culture by A Gurevich. This book is a collection of university impressions about the Russian scientist who speaks about the past in plain language.

2. Russian Art in the 18th–Early 19th Centuries by M Allenov. This is a scholarly work that offers an unusual but very precise outlook on art.

3. History of Impressionism by J Revald. This book made a big impression on me in school.

And there are two silver age books about a lost heritage that I simply must mention here:

4. Merchant Russia by N Vrangel

5. Behind the Dead Souls by S Mintslov

Which videos offered by museums now would you suggest people view today?

Two lectures by Ye V Barkhatova on the history of photography in Rosphoto
The hermitage Academy portal with books and articles on history (as well as photographs).
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