The exposition focuses on the art of building in Old Russia and particularly on the development of Moscow. Different building professions such as bricklayers, carpenters and carvers, as well as various building materials and techniques are presented here in greater detail than at the other expositions.
Exhibits from the museum’s unique collections (architectural ceramics, house carving, metal architectural millworks, white stone carving décor of Moscow churches, icons with architectural backgrounds) make the backbone of the exposition and reflect the great technical and artistic skill of Russian builders.
As a result of long-time investigation, the museum’s experts managed to restore the names of some masters undeservedly forgotten overtime thus paying homage to ancient monuments and their creators.
The two-level exposition occupies the Atrium and Socle halls.
The Atrium Hall
Here the exhibits are arranged in several groups: house carving (such millworks of wooden dwelling houses as gates, doors, architraves, wicket-doors, and carved boards), metal architectural millworks (metal doors, window grates, bargeboards), architectural ceramics (architraves, friezes, façade tiles), and rescued white stone décor elements of Moscow buildings.
The great height of the Atrium hall permits to display such large-scale exhibits as church and house gates, portals, and a weathercock from one of the non-surviving towers of Moscow. It is worth mentioning the bell by master Dmitry Motorin, a panel created by the famous ceramist Stepan Ivanov, nicknamed the Half-Devil, and a masterpiece of wood carving and polychrome painting – a XVII century church portal coming from Northern Russia.
The Socle Hall
At the Socle Hall, you will find out craft secrets of building masters and submerge at most into the atmosphere of techniques and art conceptions of past centuries. The collection of building materials revealing the backstage of the building art is of particular value. Here you will see bricks with marks, metal pull-bars, various kinds of tile roofing, wooden shingles, nails, log house fragments, and floor boards.
Both Atrium and Socle exhibition halls are equipped with plasma panels with films on building traditions in Old Russia as well as the museum’s history on display. A self-service terminal at the Socle hall will guide you around all the exposition of the museum-reserve.
Age category: 6+
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m., on Saturdays from 11 a.m. till 7 p.m., closed on Mondays. Tickets are available at the museum ticket offices from 10 a.m. till 5.30 p.m., on Saturdays from 11 a.m. till 6.30 p.m.
‘Kolomenskaya’ subway station