Discover the best top things to do in Lake Baikal, Russia including Irkutsk Academic Drama Theater, Dias Art Gallery, Gallery of V. Bronshteyn, Museum of Medicinal Herbs and Minerals, Baikal Museum, Sidorov State Mineralogical Museum, Zagurskiy Irkutsk State Musical Theater, Irkutsk Regional Memorial Decembrists Museum, Volkonsky House, Vladimir Sukachyov's Estate Museum, Irkutsk Regional Historical and Memorial Museum of Decembrists.
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Dias is the first private museum of contemporary art in Irkutsk. It was founded in 2009 by private collectors.The gallery regularly hosts exhibitions and master classes. Museum has collection of more than 3000 paintings, graphics and sculptures, including works of Salvador Dali and Picasso. It is located in the centre of city.
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Viktor Bronshteyn’s Gallery is the largest gallery in Siberia. You can see the fine art paintings, graphic and sculptural works of not only Siberian artists, but also authors from different regions of Russia and other countries. Permanent exhibition of the well-known artist Dashi Namdakov is the pride of the collection. You can see the unique sculpture “Bird and Tiger” presented in the hall, which is made from lapis lazuli and bronze.
This gallery is an absolute must for any traveler to Irkutsk. Here you can find the best contemporary art in Irkutsk and probably all of Siberia, with a strong focus on the indigenous Buryat and Evenk artists who explore their own roots with exceptional creativity and up-to-the-minute techniques. The gallery is quite large, offering the opportunity to see several exhibits at once. The staff is very welcoming, and there are opportunities on the premises to relax with refreshments and to buy creative gifts you can't find anywhere else. But the art is the real standout here. If you are curious about the direction of contemporary art in Siberia -- and want to enjoy the outstanding skill of some of its best practitioners -- then you've found the right spot!
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Culture of phytotherapy, fangotherapy, aromatherapy, lithotherapy goes back thousands of years, but many aspects of it have been lost over the years of the scientific revolution. All this information is collected and carefully stored in the museum, and pleasantly surprises visitors with its unusual.
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So interesting to come and find out more about this amazing lake! After touring around for a few days we stopped here and found so many incredible interesting facts about the place! The museum is not big but don’t miss it!
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Irkutsk Decembrists museum, founded in 1970, includes Sergey Volkonsky’s and Sergey Trubetskoy’s homesteads. Authentic items of the Decembrist families are represented in the historical interiors of the houses. Volkonsky house was built in 1838 in the style of classical noble mansions, with elements of Siberian wooden architecture. The homestead consists of servants house, stable, carriage house, barn, cattle shed and well. The house itself has a permanent exposition "The Volkonsky Family in the Siberian exile", reflecting the traditions and life of the noble family. The Volkonsky House is known as one of the most interesting memorial museums in Russia. Its appearance and interior, a complex of manor buildings makes up organic whole, conveys the color of the epoch and the atmosphere of the aristocratic way of life in the middle of the 19th century. The museum offers a diverse program for visitors, including those with disabilities: excursions, literary and musical evenings.
The Decembrists' story comes alive while touring the house and grounds, how a group of army officers returning to Russia after campaigns in Europe sought to inject a modicum of liberal democracy into Tsarist Russia, and were rewarded by hard labor in Siberia. Wives and families followed the men, and brought with them St. Petersburg couture. Very interesting.
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Of the two Decembrist Houses to be visited in Irkutsk this is the smaller one, but the one with more historical information about this reformist movement that was of such importance for Eastern Siberia in every aspect: culturally, socially, scientifically, economically. Its origin was the failed rebellion in St.Petersburg against Tsar Nicholas I on December 26th, 1826 (thus called 'Decembrists'). The leaders, most of them army officers from the nobility, were either executed or their death sentence commuted to 20 years 'katorga' (penal labor) and life long banishment to Siberia. Their 'crime' was to ask for the abolition of serfdom and for a constitutional monarchy. Some of the deported were followed by their wives. The first one to do this was Yekaterina, a born countess Laval, who joined her husband Prince Sergey Trubetskoy into exile. After the 'katorga' sentence was over and since they couldn't return to European Russia, many of the Decembrists decided to settle in Irkutsk. At least until 1856, with the amnesty of the new tsar Alexander II, when most of them left Siberia. Prince Trubetskoy, who in the meantime had lost his wife, with whom he had 8 children born in Siberia, went to live his last years in Moscow, where he wrote his memoirs. The small Manor House we see, built of wood in an eclectic style - windows with arches, windows without arches, oriel windows, decorative elements in baroque - was the house of one of the Trubetskoy daughters. The house her parents lived in burned down in the beginning of the 20th century. There is a combined ticket for both museums (300 RUB). I would recommend to start with this museum, since there are more information boards (in Russian and English) about the Decembrists than at the grander Volkonsky House.
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