History of the region based on the materials of archeological excavations is being opened on the lowest floor of the Church of the Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple with the refectory. It is the first full exhibition representing archaeology of the Belozersk district in the Vologda Region. Materials of the monastery archeology are displayed for the first time in our region. More than 4000 archeological objects dating back to different chronological periods are represented there: from the Mesolithic period (9000 B.C.) till the late Middle Ages.
At the end of the 20th early 21st century considerable restoration work has been carried out in the Kirillo-Belozersky museum-reserve. Museumfication of the monuments is being realized at the same time. One of the most interesting architectural buildings of the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery is the Monks cells. In the process of its restoration architects and restorers managed to discover complicated structure of this dwelling house of the 17th-19th centuries.
Exhibitions dedicated to the folk applied art and handicrafts of the Belozersk district are placed in the spacious vaulted chambers of the monastery cook-house of the 16th century. An important place is occupied by wood-carving, ceramics, peasant embroidery, weaving, lace-making and a folk female costume of the 19th-early 20th centuries.



Feedback from visitors is an important assessment of the museum work. People write their impressions, wishes or remarks in special guestbooks that can be found in every permanent exhibition. Besides, in the age of information technologies, they share personal opinions with the whole world in the Internet.

The meeting with Belarusian writer Svetlana Aleksievich was held in the Kirillo-Belozersky Museum-Reserve in late July. It lasted for more than an hour and attracted a capacity crowd. Opinions of the event are still being sent to the museum by e-mail.

Olga Kolesova (Karbotka): “I should admit that I was glad and excited going to the hospitable conference hall of the museum-reserve to meet with Svetlana Aleksievich on July 22. I had a chance to see, to listen to and to speak to a writer of such a level for the first time in my life. I first faced the genre of a literary interview chosen by the writer initially when the material was stated with documentary accuracy, but was given as a fiction.

There were a lot of people in the conference hall as usual. The audience perceived the slow speech-reflection of Svetlana Aleksievich with interest. Unfortunately, the time flew, but we had an opportunity to continue communicating with the writer after the end of the meeting. And I could learn that every book was written during 5-7 years, 500-700 people were interviewed and then all material was processed. You can just imagine what it costs the author when you read the words about her state after the book The Unwomanly Face of War” has been written, Everybody has his or her own reserve of protection against pain – physical and psychological, mine was completely exhausted…

I would like to express my gratitude to the museum employees for their contribution to the process of making Russia the most readable country.

Tatiana Semyonova (Cherepovets): Thank you very much for the meeting with writer Svetlana Aleksievich! All her works are familiar to everybody, but unluckily and to my shame, I haven’t read any of them. This unexpected meeting made me think of many things: life, people and certainly those subjects that the writer touches upon in her books. I thank the organizers of the event for a chance to meet with interesting and creative persons!