A city with a history like Yekaterinburg lends its self to a collection of grade-A museums, and the Ural’s major hub doesn’t disappoint. Local history, religious iconography, world-class art, tanks, guns, and precious jewels all have their rightful place in the city’s top museums – here’s everything you need to know.
Spearheaded by current city mayor, Yevgeny Roizman, the museum was created to exhibit his extensive collection of religious iconography that dates back to the early 18th century. Ornate, and some embellished with semi-precious stones and gold, most of the icons were found in Yekaterinburg’s wider region. Alongside the collection (300-odd pieces), there are also profiles and information on the icon-makers preserving the local tradition. Additionally, the museum houses copper artworks, handwritten books, posters, and old mining maps of the Urals, and has a collection of 16th and 17th century wood sculptures.
Ulitsa Engelsa 15, Yekaterinburg, Russia, +7 343 220 66 51
Learn about contemporary Russian history in a centre named after the federation’s first President and local lad, Boris Yeltsin. The centre is made up of a library, exhibition space and café that are all housed in a gleaming new building with state-of-the-art facilities. It also places emphasis on preserving Yeltsin’s political legacy. The café is said to have some of former first lady Naina Yeltsin’s recipes, including her bird cherry cake, given to the chef herself.
Ulitsa Borisa Yeltsina 3, Yekaterinburg, Russia, +7 343 312 43 43
Near the Church upon the Blood, a cluster of museums dedicated to individual Ural writers have now come together as one organisation to showcase the history of fine literature in the region. Rotating exhibitions feature alongside permanent displays about the lives of prominent authors and playwrights who were writers of local history, children’s literature and realists, such as Pavel Bashov, Fyodor Reshetnkov and Dmitriy Mamin-Sibiryak.
Pochtovyy Pereulok 9, Yekaterinburg, Russia, +7 343 371 05 79
The Ural region has a long tradition of stone cutting, borne from the wealth of precious and semi-precious stone found in mountain range. A superb collection of artwork, ornaments and jewellery that boast the craftsmanship of local artisan sparkle in the somewhat shabby building, including a room dedicated to emeralds. Highlights are a map of France, made from gold and stones, as well as the malachite box Pavel Bashov apparently based Malachite Casket on, one of his well-known fairy tales.
Lenin Ave, 37, Yekaterinburg, Russia, +7 343 271 24 62
Founded during World War II, this major regional film hub and studio has produced a score of films, documentaries and animations. Film buffs will get a kick out of the several interactive tours the studio offers, taking the participants behind the scenes to reveal how films are made. Each department opens their doors so participants can learn about how to create musical scores, costuming, props and make-up, animation as well as the effort that goes into special effects, on top of general cinematic tricks of the trade.
Prospekt Lenina 50, Yekaterinburg, Russia, +7 343 350 17 32