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.



The meeting with People’s Artist of Russia Boris Plotnikov left a lasting impression on the residents and guests of Kirillov. This event was held within the framework of the Art Festival “The Property of Republic”. The performance on the stage that lasted for one hour and a half engrossed the spectators attention. Boris Plotnikov recited the verses of local poet Nikolay Rubtsov. The program Hello, Russia, My Motherland included various works. People could listen to love lyrics, poems about the small Motherland and some regions that Nikolay Rubtsov liked and childrens poetry.

At the beginning of the event, Boris Plotnikov addressed the meeting and said, It is certainly difficult to tell you, residents of the Vologda region, something new about Nikolay Rubtsov. Anyhow, we will remember him today. The inner world of the poet could be seen in the best way among friends and music was always near him. He sang a lot, played four musical instruments: the balalaika, the button accordion, the guitar and the accordion. Therefore recitation of the verses alternated with singing of songs and presentation of melodies that came down to us from the 19th century. It became possible thanks to Vladimir Markushevich, musician and laureate of international contests, and his seven-string guitar.

The spectators support was enormous. Everybody who performed on the museum stage at least once could probably feel it. People greeted the artists with cheers, asked them to play an encore, gave them flowers and stood to clap Boris Plotnikov and Vladimir Markushevich at the final of the program thanking them for the presented spirits.

The audience didnt leave the hall at the end of the event. We can even say that one event changed into another one. People asked Boris Plotnikov different questions and he dispersed autographs to them. They were especially interested in the fact that the famous Moscow actor performed with the program based on the creative work of the Vologdas poet. The answer was rather unexpected: it turned out that the Regional Public Organization Vologda Friendly Association in Moscow played the main role in it. The museum closely cooperates with it. Once Marina Barysheva, member of the Union of Cinematographers of Russia and member of the board of this organization, caught the likeness of voices of the poet and the actor. It was the starting point of the program based on Nikolay Rubtsovs works. However, later the spectators stated, Indeed, not only the voice, but also the appearance of Boris Plotnikov resemble Nikolay Rubtsov. We were looking at him the whole evening and were amazed at this likeness.

Honoured Artist of Russia Vladislav Sergeev was also among the museum visitors that evening. He personally knew Nikolay Rubtsov, decorated the books of his verse and wrote his portraits. Vladislav Sergeev told Boris Plotnikov about his acquaintance with the poet and his stay in the Kirillov district and gave him his book about Rubtsov.

The museum employees presented the books about the pearls of the Russian North - the Kirillo-Belozersky and the Ferapontov Monasteries - to the actor. Boris Plotnikov shared his impressions about the place where he performed, Today I have heard that the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery is the largest in the country. But the matter is not in its grandeur, but in the fact that such a place that has always struggled for spirituality exists. At present the museum continues this struggle. Thanks to it, the monastery has come down to us and it is its value. Answering the question about the concert, he said, I saw response in the hall; I felt support – in the peoples eyes and nods, on their lips because some of them recited the same lines as I did.

During the visit to the Kirillov district, Boris Plotnikov and Vladimir Markushevich went to the Museum of Dionisys Frescoes. A tour was conducted for them there. They signed the Book of Distinguished Guests, You begin to understand what the origin of Rus is and how it developed only in such places. The perception that there is Ferapontovo somewhere warms the soul. Thank you for Dionisy and live memory about him. Thanks for living word that gives confidence in future.