Cosmonautics Museum wins Grand Prix of Intermuseum’20 international festival

June 1

Three of Moscow’s museums received awards at the 22ndIntermuseum international festival. Nearly 400 Russian and foreign cultural venues participated this year.

The Cosmonautics Museum placed first in the nomination Best Educational Project for its weekly ISS Calling educational programme, which it launched together with the Vkontrakte social network and the Roscosmos Corporation. The programme is a show where invited celebrities can call the International Space Station and talk to cosmonauts. 

The Cosmonautics Museum also won the Intermuseum’20 festival’s Grand Prix for the ISS Calling programme and Volcanoes and Space: Connecting Worlds exhibition project at the Volcanarium culture and education centre in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. 

The exhibition narrates about two hazardous and exciting professions – volcanologist and cosmonaut, and also displays photographs taken by cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, which feature views of Kamchatka’s famous volcanoes as seen from the International Space Station. The exhibition runs until autumn 2020. 

Two more Moscow’s museums received honorary mention. The jury noted a family exhibition project by the Tsaritsyno Museum Reserve.  The project is dedicated to the history of the Tsaritsyno palace ensemble. The Darwin Museum was also awarded for its project   Museum and Visitor: A Research. It is a release of the fourth and fifth volumes of the collected works by the museum’s founder and first director Alexander Kots. 

The jury’s festival, headed by the Pushkin State Museum director Yevgeny Bogatyrev, reviewed 121 applications from Russian museums. Twenty projects from 18 museums were short-listed for the contest. Among the Intermuseum’20 winners are the State Historical Museum, The Tsarskoye Selo Museum Reserve and the Victory Museum.

The Cosmonautics Museum is one of Russia’s largest science and technology museums. Its history dates back to 1964 when a monument to Space Conquerors appeared on the map of Moscow.

Today, the Cosmonautics Museum is among the top three most visited museums under Moscow’s Department of Culture. Its current collection is displayed in eight exhibition halls. The collection comprises over 99,000 items which include samples of space rockets, material relics, documents, stamp collections, coins and other monetary items, arts and crafts items, paintings and pieces of graphic art. 

It also features stories of the first conquerors of space with the famous dogs Belka and Strelka among them, authentic re-entry vehicles of the Soyuz spaceship, a model of the earth’s first satellite (sputnik), the original remote control for the “Lunokhod” moon rover, a full-scale model of the Mir space station basic module and many other space artefacts.

The Intermuseum’20 international festival is one of the major museum events of the year. For many years it has served to elevate museum studies in terms of professional development and has shaped ideas about traditions, new trends, practices and technologies in the operation of a modern museum. The founder and organiser of the Intermuseum festival is the Russian Ministry of Culture. 


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