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 Kirillo-Belozersky Museum-Reserve presented a new exhibition to visitors on September 1. It is about Yuri Nikolaevich Baluyevsky, army general, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (2004-2008). He studied in the Kirillov Secondary School till 1965 and probably became its most famous school-leaver.

The exhibition “I Serve the Motherland! Y.N. Baluyevsky” is housed in the Museum of Town and District History that is a branch of the Kirillo-Belozersky Museum-Reserve. Visitors can see the materials that Yuri Baluyevsky handed over to the museum in July 2015 during his visit to Kirillov. The full-dress uniform of the army general, various photographs and a complex of documents are displayed there.

Representatives of the local self-government bodies, classmates of Yuri Nikolaevich Baluyevsky and town dwellers attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition. Mikhail Sharomazov, director of the Kirillo-Belozersky Museum-Reserve, greeted everybody at the beginning of the event. We are opening this display on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War – the date that is being celebrated by all people. Men in uniform certainly played the main role in that terrible period; many of them saved the country at the expense of their lives. Yuri Baluyevsky started to serve in the army during another war cold war that was also terrible. Deterrent weapon was necessary at that time. Speaking about the military career of Yuri Nikolaevich, I will underline that Chief of the General Staff is the man who secures that very containment that gives us a chance to live, to bring up children and to think about the future. I am very glad that our visitors will see his articles and will understand that it is not necessary to be born in Moscow or St. Petersburg. You can be born in a village, but if you are a real man, all roads are open for you, said Mikhail Sharomazov. S.V. Usov, head of the Kirillov district, also addressed the audience and stressed the importance of such an event as the opening ceremony of the exhibition about the famous fellow-townsman.

Ilya Smirnov, deputy director of the museum, told all participants of the event about the biography of Y.N. Baluyevsky. Photos from the personal archive of the army general and fragments of the documentaries with his participation were presented on a large screen. Residents of Kirillov Y.B. Rystakov and M.N. Malginova shared their recollections about their outstanding classmate. The event was concluded with a tour of the display conducted for the first visitors.

More about the display

It will be open till September 30, 2015.

Venue: Museum of Town and District History (Kirillov, 103 Gagarin Street)

Opening hours: from 9:00 to 18:00 every day, except Monday and Tuesday.

A ticket costs 40 rubles. A ticket for pensioners costs 20 rubles. Admission for children under 16 is free.