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 exhibition “Old School” was opened in the Kirillo-Belozersky Museum-Reserve on the threshold of the new academic year. It tells visitors about the educational system of the Kirillov district in the late 19th – early 20th century. A desk and a blackboard occupy the central place in the display. Textbooks on different subjects, ink stands, pencils and pens, spectacles and eyeglasses are presented in the showcases.

One of the most curious exhibits is a case for school supplies. It is made of cardboard and decorated with nacreous inlays in golden setting. Paper clips of the late 19th century are of special interest. They are made in the shape of metal plates, their edges fastened sheets of paper when they were folded. This device was invented in Germany in 1895, but didn’t become widely used because of its inconvenience, said Irina Gostinshchikova, research officer of the Permanent and Temporary Exhibition Department.

Information stands of the exhibition contain full historical background. One of them is about the parochial school in the Church of St. Prophet Elijah located in the village of Tsypino. Besides, visitors can see such documents of the early 20th century as: a graduation certificate of the Kirillov religious school, a certificate of progress, diligence and behaviour of pupils, a graduation certificate of the Kirillov female gymnasium. Photographs of teachers, pupils and buildings where they were trained create the general atmosphere of old school.

More about the display

It will be open till September 30, 2015.

Venue: the Refectory with the Church of Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple (the passage to the Bell-Tower)

Opening hours: from 9:00 to 18:00 every day.

Admission is free.