Lace Museum
Lace Museum
4.5
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Takarasina
By Takarasina
Quite nice but too communist-years-oriented
4.0 of 5 bubblesJul 2020
The museum was inaugurated in 2010, i.e. in the so-called "new times" but the impression is it happened under comrade Chrushchev or "mashal" Brezhnev - so heavy is a Soviet era shift. Lace from Vologda is more than half a century old but looking at corresponding showpieces one gets an impression that its history hardly covers seventy-five years. Upon entering you face charming works dating late XIX-early XX centuries. Intricate pieces of art of lace weaving designated for local beauties and socialites. But most of the collection represents either Soviet ideology or something gigantically bizarre and totally impractical. All this demostrates backbreaking effort and unbelievable skills of lacemakers but has been apparently produced to show achievents of communism and its economy but not for common people to utilize them. Lenin's deformed face accompanied by Stalin who lacks one chromosome (I bet the one who made it perished in a gulag!), Kalinin, one of communist leaders, strongly resembling Trotsky (there's a special explanatory sign beneath, for those who might doubt: Kalinin), tractor caterpillars, five-pointed stars, hammers and sickles and similar propaganda phooey. Then come mammoth tablecloths, immense bedcovers and other colossal thinga-me-bobs of unconceivable application. All this was seemingly woven to mark a communist party congress or to be exhibited at some Expo event - for the people to goggle at them but not to use. What a stark difference to pre-revolutionaly scarfs, pelerines and gloves for dedicated followers of early XX century fashion! Please, dear museum managers, Russian culture was born not in 1917 - when this communist smog leaves our heads at last?! Aren't there older exemplars of this breathtaking Vologda art? They'll surely draw much more attention and a lot more visitors because they are warmer, more honest and more human. The staff there was quite nice and friendly and even joked from time to time. Try also their buffet and especially their shanezhki. Don't know what it is? All the more so...

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adz10
Thornbury, Australia41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Solo
Provides examples of a range of styles of lace. There are various items on display from clothing to towels and table cloths. Some of the items are very beautiful. Information is provided in English about techniques and the history of lace in Russia.
Written July 25, 2012
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edunaway
Elkton, SD50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Solo
I loved this museum! They did a lovely job with arranging all the items in the museum- cool mannequin displays, neat pull-out glass drawers containing lace pieces. Additionally, there was a lot of English on the walls and info plaques. Plus the whole place is beautiful: light wood floors, pale lavender walls, and crystal chandeliers. I was so impressed.
The best part was that entrance was free for students provided you show a student card.
The only negative is that the gift shop was lacking in selection. I really wanted to buy something small and portable (and cheap) but there wasn't anything like that available. So instead I went to a little souvenir store just out the museum and to the right inside the kremlin.
Written July 27, 2012
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Maxim-Maxims
Moscow, Russia114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
In this museum, you can see samples of lace from very different times, from the oldest to the newest. I recommend everyone to visit this museum.
Written July 31, 2020
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Takarasina
1,996 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The museum was inaugurated in 2010, i.e. in the so-called "new times" but the impression is it happened under comrade Chrushchev or "mashal" Brezhnev - so heavy is a Soviet era shift. Lace from Vologda is more than half a century old but looking at corresponding showpieces one gets an impression that its history hardly covers seventy-five years. Upon entering you face charming works dating late XIX-early XX centuries. Intricate pieces of art of lace weaving designated for local beauties and socialites. But most of the collection represents either Soviet ideology or something gigantically bizarre and totally impractical. All this demostrates backbreaking effort and unbelievable skills of lacemakers but has been apparently produced to show achievents of communism and its economy but not for common people to utilize them. Lenin's deformed face accompanied by Stalin who lacks one chromosome (I bet the one who made it perished in a gulag!), Kalinin, one of communist leaders, strongly resembling Trotsky (there's a special explanatory sign beneath, for those who might doubt: Kalinin), tractor caterpillars, five-pointed stars, hammers and sickles and similar propaganda phooey. Then come mammoth tablecloths, immense bedcovers and other colossal thinga-me-bobs of unconceivable application. All this was seemingly woven to mark a communist party congress or to be exhibited at some Expo event - for the people to goggle at them but not to use. What a stark difference to pre-revolutionaly scarfs, pelerines and gloves for dedicated followers of early XX century fashion!
Please, dear museum managers, Russian culture was born not in 1917 - when this communist smog leaves our heads at last?! Aren't there older exemplars of this breathtaking Vologda art? They'll surely draw much more attention and a lot more visitors because they are warmer, more honest and more human.
The staff there was quite nice and friendly and even joked from time to time. Try also their buffet and especially their shanezhki. Don't know what it is? All the more so...
Written July 30, 2020
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Оксана Д
Moscow, Russia122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Friends
New and modern museum. Excellent lace exhibition and passionate workers. We also very much enjoyed contest of lace birds.
Written October 13, 2015
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C-Seven
Meribel Ski Resort, France68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
The lady who took us around was an enthusiast and not only knew her stuff but also spoke excellent English.
Written June 12, 2015
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Stella_Alpina_RU
Moscow, Russia24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Friends
I was fascinated by this museum, it's really perfect place to understand and learn Russian lace history. Also some expositions from other countries are usually held there, so you can compare and see the difference between different styles.
By the way, I liked museum shop, you can buy something interesting there :)
Written April 28, 2013
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sitovy
Vologda, Russia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
We live in Vologda. We recommend to visit this museum. You’ll find it very interesting and informative.
Written July 9, 2018
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Elena A
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
Exelend place, very beautiful lace, and perfrct guide.Me and my frends was very impressiv.I very recommend to visit this in Vologda.
Written February 27, 2017
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Maria Y
Hanoi, Vietnam16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
All about famous Vologda's lace production. The museum has a lot awesome peaces of art made by local masters. There are tons of table clothes, examples of ornaments, different accessories and even wedding dresses. Also the museum has exhibition where had showed currently maded diploma projects in art university in Saint-Petersburg.
Written February 25, 2017
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