Having seen many traditional museums is St. Petersburg which are artefact- and exhibit-centered, I was positively surprised with this museum. It reminded me some of the best museum i've seen in Western Europe where the main attraction is not the richness and the uniqueness of the collection, but the inspiing and involving way teh exhibits are presented to the visitors.
The Museum of the History of Religion presents the world's many religions in an impressive way, with interiors decorated in accordance with the religion they are presenting, also a good array of important objects (some authentic, some not) and involving explanations (I don't know if they are available in any other language than Russian). It is a place where one can learn more about bith the exotic and the more well-established religions.
Unfortunately, we had too little time to study all the exhibits since we were totally imbibed by the temporary exhibition on Chinese prints which combined the actual exhibits with extracts from a travel journal of a Russian scinetist who was the first one to pay attention to those and who saw their value as documents of cultural and religious history of China. The visit left a profound imprint and I will certainly visit the museum again.
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