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Vladimir City is one of the oldest cities in Russia. Located in the Northeast of Moscow, the city sits on the bank of Klyazma River. The city dates back to the 10th century, and it used to be the capital of ancient Rus. It is not surprising that Vladimir has more that just a few historical attractions to offer its visitors. Along with extraordinary architecture and breathtaking churches, the city has to offer a list of absolutely fantastic museums. Here you will find the list of the TOP 5 Museums to visit in Vladimir.
One of the oldest and most famous museums in Russia was founded by history professors and researchers. The Museum dates back to the 19th century and is located not far away from the Cathedral Square. The museum exhibits different historical objects and homes an extensive library. In 2003, despite a tiny budget, the staff of the Vladimir Regional History Museum, completely renovated all of the exhibited objects! Now the historical items look great and are both entertaining and educational.
Not far away from the History Museum, is the very entertaining „Children‘s Museum“. It will surely be attractive to both kids and adults. The Museum is located in a historic building and used to serve as the home of the departments of regional government administration. But now it exhibits a bunch of fun items – from old and modern toys to showing kids how schools in the past look like. There are workshops teaching children different fun skills and teaching them history.
The Golden Gates are one of the most important and unforgettable landmarks in Vladimir. The city wouldn‘t be the same without it. To see the museum and it‘s exhibition, you have to climb a steep and narrow staircase. It once was a church, but now serves as the room for the displays. Museum shows historical exhibits historical military events, including the Tatar-Mongol conquest and occupation of Vladimir. There are weapons and armour from different periods of history. It also presents several important Russian military awards from the Soviet Union. The stairs are not for everyone to handle, but for those who can – the museum is a must visit place!
One of the most interesting places to visit in Vladimir city is the small, but very interesting museum of Old Vladimir. The Museum exhibits all kinds of memorials of what the city used to look like – pictures, paintings, articles of daily life, examples of what people lived like and so on. You can go on top of the museum, and it being a tower provides a beautiful panorama for you to enjoy!
Located in the Troiskaya Church, a red brick building dating back to the early 20th century is the Museum of Crystal, Lacquer Miniature Paintings and Embroidery. The Museum exhibits spectacular crystal and colour glass pieces, of which some are over 250 years old. The glass displays are made by the Gud Khrustalny community. The museum also shows miniature lacquer paintings made in the town of Mstyora. Beautiful Traditional style embroidery can be seen in the gallery, alongside with contemporary icons. This museum is a centre of religious art and is a must see!