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Sholokhov’s World in the Museum of the World Ocean


The Museum of the World Ocean and M. Sholokhov State Museum Reserve present “Sholokhov’s World” exhibition in the Year of Literature. The exhibition is devoted to the history of his works and the Cossacks. On June 19-August 2, visitors can get to know the Cossacks’ belongings of the XIX and XX centuries. They can see what men and women used to wear, what a Cossack needed when he was on service, what tools and many other things they used.
War was a life style for the Cossacks. This topic is revealed in the exposition where military uniform, war decorations – evidence of the Cossacks’ military glory who were on service and their deeds for “the Faith, the Tsar and the Motherland”– soldiers’ photographs, popular prints, and graphics by illustrators are presented.
The second part of the exhibition is devoted to the history of the Cossacks in the XX century described in Sholokhov’s books. The novel “And Quiet Flows the Don” takes a central place as the most significant book in the author’s career (State Prize (1941) and Nobel Prize (1965)). Here you can get to know the history of the novel, the epoch Sholokhov’s heroes lived and difficult author’s struggle for publication.
There are some unique objects at the exhibition: the desk “And Quiet Flows the Don” and “Virgin Soil Upturned” were created, books from Sholokhov’s library, papers and documents as well as personal belongings.
There are over 300 exhibits displayed at the exposition.


Amazing Amphibian World


The Museum of the World Ocean invites you to a new unique exhibition – Amazing Amphibian World  - in the main museum building. Visitors can get to know various exotic species of toads and frogs. Every exhibit presents a closed ecosystem with running water and living animals and plants. Here you can find amphibian from all over the world and frogs of various sizes. There are 1-cm amphibian and the biggest species in the world in the same exposition. The collection was being formed during 5 years and today it is the first of its kind in Russia. Having visited frogs’ kingdom you will reveal a fantastic world of these amazing fauna. It is a way to have a new vision of amphibian and find toads to be very charismatic.


Peterhof – the Sea Capital of the Emperors


The  Museum of the World Ocean invites to the exhibition "Peterhof - the Sea Capital of the Emperors".

More than 100 items, which for the first time leaves the walls of the State Museum "Peterhof", will tell the amazing story of the naval victories of the Russian Empire, the role of the sea and the Navy in various spheres of life of the imperial residence - from the official ideology to private life and upbringing of children. The exhibition will be a unique chronicle of the maritime history of the country. It is targeted at the widest audience for visitors interested in national history and peculiarities of Russian naval glory.

Peterhof, located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland, was always perceived as a seaside residence of Russian emperors. Here was taken serious political decisions related to the development of the Russian Navy and the approval of Russia as a naval power. Representatives of the Romanov dynasty specially came here for a summer vacation "at sea".

Guests can explore objects from the Petrine era: it is a silver model of the boat of Peter I, Peter the Great's skipper dress (copy), models of sculptures, marine equipment from the palace "Mon Plaisir" (telescope, compass), the picturesque "Marina" end of the XVII century, embodying the first Russian art collection - a collection of Peter the Great. The era of Catherine the Great - A key exhibit of this period - uniform dress of Catherine II, modeled on the naval uniform, which will be presented on the background of the panorama of Chesmensky Hall of the Grand Peterhof Palace. Also in this part of the exhibition - a formal portrait of the Empress, a clock with a bust of Catherine II as Minerva, and marine accessories that time.

In addition, the exhibition will "go" in the sea of the Emperor's study of the late XIX century - books, writing set, nautical instruments and paintings by Aivazovsky (favorite artist of Emperor Nicholas I).

Presented at the exhibition are also items related to the history of the imperial yacht: family swimming and official receptions, diplomatic arrives by sea of heads of state have been an integral part of the lives of Peterhof second half of XIX - early XX century. Key items - models imperial yacht "Alexandria" and "Polar Star", porcelain services for yachts "Alexandria" and "Power".

Genuine dress of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, a baby sailor dress, marine theme toys, and books give a complete picture of the lifestyle in the northern seaside residence.

It should be noted that the exhibition is accompanied by a set of multimedia programs. Programs are designed to give the visitor in Kaliningrad a broader view on the existence of Peterhof as maritime and imperial residence and the life of a modern Museum. In particular, it will be submitted to the multimedia information and entertainment system "Grand Peterhof Palace." It's fascinating and understandable form introduces the major milestones of 300-year history of the Grand Peterhof Palace.

The exhibition is a wonderful gift to Kaliningrad in the year of the 25th anniversary of the Museum of the World Ocean and help with new vigor to feel part of the vast country and its rich cultural heritage.


The Shore. The Dialogue

The Museum of the World Ocean is glad to welcome you in Maritime Koenigsberg-Kaliningrad exposition hall at The Shore. The Dialogue exhibition. Visitors can move to the seashore, so diverse and changeable, thanks to the authors’ talents since the artists Alexandra and Maria Suvorova see a shore as a place of intersection of various spaces, elements and cultures. It is that line where opposites meet: verticals and horizontals, primeval water element and its storms, sunk galleons, lost islands and human world with its cities, gardens and fishing boats.

Alexandra and Maria are interested in exploring and depicting the combination of the opposites and analyze people’s view on the water element and nature of shores on their canvases. In order to implement their visions the artists use simple graphical materials (Indian ink, sanguine and pencilas), work with paper itself (roll and cut it) and use graphical techniques (rhythm, strict composition and tone masses).

The Lord of the Ice

An amazing exhibition named The Lord of the Ice was opened in the congress hall of the Museum of the World Ocean. Its authors, Nikita Ovsyanikov and Irina Menyushina, are professional zoologists who devoted their lives to study of animals in the Arctic. They have spent 20 years side by side with polar bears and the pictures you see at the exhibition are unique photographs of the lord’s life.

A polar bear is a notable animal in every respect! It is the biggest and the most northern surface beast of prey on the planet. It is the only surface animal that inhabits exceptionally severe environment – arctic drift sea ice. A polar bear perfectly adapted to this environment and it became its home!

A polar bear is associated with the Arctic as its symbol since one’s childhood. This amazing animal is of inimitable charisma. Lots of people specially go for a hard and expensive trip to the kingdom of ice to see polar bears! Nevertheless, only few of them know about polar bears’ real life in the Arctic, how they behave in different situations, how they find food in ice, what happens to them when ice melts and what threatens them today. That is what the exhibition is about.

There is an old tradition to protect this highly vulnerable beast of prey in Russia; it is particularly essential when the species is under threat. Our national approach towards protection of polar bears is a positive practice and a model for a way to protect ecosystems of the Arctic and a big arctic animal whose survival is under threat in the present days! The exhibition is devoted to this topic as well.

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