The Museum of History and Culture of The People of The North

The Museum of History and Culture of The People of The North

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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Andrew M
By Andrew M
Great exhibits in one of the oldest museums in Siberia
Jul 2017
We had difficulty finding this museum, but were pleasantly surprised on entering. The museum is a 5 minute walk from Prospekt Lenina, so is not visible from the street. We had just visited the House Museum for Political exiles and decided to walk to the nearby Savior Monastery, which is to the left of the museum. The museum opened it's first exhibit in 1891. A totem pole with a UNESCO seal stands in front of the museum. Also in front of the museum, is a statue of Yemelyan Yaroslavsky, who was a Russian revolutionary. He was exiled to Siberia for his political activism.In 1917, political exiles were allowed to work at the museum, and in 1923 the museum was named after him. It is ironic that Yaroslavsky was a leading atheist activist in the communist party, and his statue is positioned between an exquisite wooden church to his right (Savior Monestary) and a beautiful chapel to his left. When Yaroslavsky died in 1943 his ashes were buried in the Kremlin Wall near to Lenin's mausoleum. Other exhibits outside, include the Yakut Ritual complex, which is comprised of a series of totem poles, used by ancient Yakut people. A house which was occupied by political exiles between 1915-1917 is located to the right of the chapel, and it has a gold seal as a historical building. There is a exhibit of a whale skeleton locked in a room behind the chapel. The entrance fee was 300 ruble, and photography cost 100 ruble. We took many pictures of the exhibits,so the photo cost was well spent. The museum has three floors of exhibits. The lower floor is dedicated to the indigenous people, animals and nature of the region. It includes many stuffed animals, and exhibits of items used in daily life, including clothing, utensils and weapons.The prehistoric mammal section included a Woolly Mammoth skeleton, Bison and other ancient animals. We particularly enjoyed the exhibits on the upper floor, which included a World War 2 section of propaganda posters and weapon displays. Look out for the captured German Flag from World War 2, with a German Helmet, luger pistol and Schmeisser (MP-40) sub machine gun. The cossack weapon display was well presented.There was a small exhibit on Lenin, which we found to be a feature of older museums in Russia. One of the main exhibits upstairs was an ancient horse, whose skeleton was shown in a glass case as it was found in the earth in 2004. We spent over an hour in the museum, and another half an hour enjoying the exhibits outside. This is the best museum in Yakutsk to get an understanding and appreciation of the local culture.

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Andrew M
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Jul 2017 • Family
We had difficulty finding this museum, but were pleasantly surprised on entering. The museum is a 5 minute walk from Prospekt Lenina, so is not visible from the street. We had just visited the House Museum for Political exiles and decided to walk to the nearby Savior Monastery, which is to the left of the museum. The museum opened it's first exhibit in 1891. A totem pole with a UNESCO seal stands in front of the museum. Also in front of the museum, is a statue of Yemelyan Yaroslavsky, who was a Russian revolutionary. He was exiled to Siberia for his political activism.In 1917, political exiles were allowed to work at the museum, and in 1923 the museum was named after him. It is ironic that Yaroslavsky was a leading atheist activist in the communist party, and his statue is positioned between an exquisite wooden church to his right (Savior Monestary) and a beautiful chapel to his left. When Yaroslavsky died in 1943 his ashes were buried in the Kremlin Wall near to Lenin's mausoleum.

Other exhibits outside, include the Yakut Ritual complex, which is comprised of a series of totem poles, used by ancient Yakut people. A house which was occupied by political exiles between 1915-1917 is located to the right of the chapel, and it has a gold seal as a historical building. There is a exhibit of a whale skeleton locked in a room behind the chapel. The entrance fee was 300 ruble, and photography cost 100 ruble. We took many pictures of the exhibits,so the photo cost was well spent. The museum has three floors of exhibits. The lower floor is dedicated to the indigenous people, animals and nature of the region. It includes many stuffed animals, and exhibits of items used in daily life, including clothing, utensils and weapons.The prehistoric mammal section included a Woolly Mammoth skeleton, Bison and other ancient animals.

We particularly enjoyed the exhibits on the upper floor, which included a World War 2 section of propaganda posters and weapon displays. Look out for the captured German Flag from World War 2, with a German Helmet, luger pistol and Schmeisser (MP-40) sub machine gun. The cossack weapon display was well presented.There was a small exhibit on Lenin, which we found to be a feature of older museums in Russia. One of the main exhibits upstairs was an ancient horse, whose skeleton was shown in a glass case as it was found in the earth in 2004.

We spent over an hour in the museum, and another half an hour enjoying the exhibits outside. This is the best museum in Yakutsk to get an understanding and appreciation of the local culture.
Written November 14, 2017
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Katherine408
Kirkby Stephen, UK25 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
Well worth visiting with dioramas of animals, geological info and specimens, costumes, jewellery, artefacts, etc. We spent several hours here on a Sunday afternoon. Only technical problem was lack of chairs and no lift but this is usual in Russian museums.
Written September 3, 2016
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ShiningSchnee
Hong Kong, China1,967 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Informative and interesting. Amazing displays of everything about the ecology and geography of Yakutia, the traditional life of Yakutians, as well as modern history.
Written July 30, 2019
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chefpat
Santa Clara, CA10 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
From prehistory through today, including czars, Revolution, WWII. Self-guided, mostly Russian text but some English. Interesting exhibits, well-curated. Met students sketching some exhibits, natural life, which indicated to us the museum is actively part of the community, a good sign. Well-recommended by our hotel, validly.
Written July 11, 2015
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thesmdm
Auckland, New Zealand1,290 contributions
Sep 2014 • Solo
Well worth while and an extensive history of Yakutia from culture to animals and conflicts. . The Museum is spread out over a number of floors,
Written September 27, 2014
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