Touching story: Historical Museum to run touch exhibition

October 1, 2019

Visitors to the State Historical Museum will be able to literally touch the history. On 2 October, the central building is launching an unusual exhibition Touching Story in the Historical Museum. Visitors will be able to touch 3D copies of unique archaeological finds, landmark monuments of  Kievan Rus and the Tsardom of Muscovy, including replicas of an elephant with hare's ears bas-relief from Yuryev-Polsky town (13th century), a figure of an ancient shaman from the Galich treasure trove (200 BC), antique coins, a lion bas-relief (13th century), terracotta tiles of the 17th century, ceremonial axes (700-600 BC). The replicas are 20 to 50 cm high, made of artificial marble and stone and bronze, with some copies made bigger to be easier to touch. The display includes 18 exhibits.

"This project is inspired by the global experience. Touch exhibitions are quite common in France, Italy and Greece, where visitors can explore great art works touching their casts, without being reproached by a Museum attendant. Touch-the-art collections make the Museum exhibits accessible to blind and visually impaired visitors. Besides, children just adore them,' told the Press Service of the Museum.

The Press Service also added that the admission to the exhibition is to be free for visitors with disabilities upon presenting a supporting document. Guests will be provided with multimedia guides to learn the history of each of the 18 exhibits from audio or video files with sign language interpretation. An audio or video plays automatically as you approach an exhibit.

Touching Story: free for children under 16; full ticket ― RUB 400.00.

The exhibition will run on the first floor of the Museum until 4 November.

The Historical Museum is one of the world's largest museums and the biggest one in Russia. It includes St. Basil Cathedral, the Chambers of the Romanov Boyars in Varvarka Street, the Museum of the Patriotic War of 1812 and the exhibition complex on Revolyutsii Square. The Museum's holdings boast some five million exhibits. It has 1.5 million visitors every year.


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