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 opening ceremony of the first museum exhibition in the People’s House has taken place today, on September 22. Local residents have been witnesses and main participants of this historical event in the life of Kirillov. Mikhail Sharomazov, director of the Kirillo-Belozersky Museum-Reserve, greeted them, “The transfer of the Peoples House to the museum opens a new stage in the life of this building. We hope that it will become a centre of the cultural life of Kirillov where people will be able to come with their families. Opening this display, I would like you to look at the Peoples House as the place where you will be always welcome and that has been made for you”. S.V. Usov, head of the Kirillov district, and A.Y. Kotov, Mayor of Kirillov, also addressed the meeting. They underlined the importance of such an event as opening of the Peoples House that took place thanks to cooperation of the authorities and the museum.

That moment when the red ribbon was cut to the applause of the guests could be considered the beginning of the new life of the Peoples House. Then everybody entered the building to admire the exhibition. The retro ensemble Northern Frescoes under the direction of Svetlana Zavarina, Honoured Art Worker of the RF, met the guests singing folk songs to the accompaniment of Natalya Golubeva. It gave a chance to become thoroughly engrossed in the atmosphere of the Peoples House.

The exhibition titled In the Wake of Centuries is housed in three halls on the ground floor of the building. The presented works of Vologdas artists are made in various techniques. They amaze with the variety of subjects. But these works of art resonate with each other in a remarkable manner: this is a village landscape, and this is a portrait of the old woman who could be a resident of the village from the previous picture. Then spectators can see a part of the house interior with an icon in the corner and an icon itself next to it. Such symbolism runs through the whole exhibition. This silent and eloquent at the same time story about the native region is supplemented with some articles that were indispensable in the Russian everyday life earlier and have become museum items now. The lace panel Singing Tree is displayed in the middle of the first hall. One more interesting fact is that all exhibits date back to different periods – from the 19th to the 21st centuries.

During the opening ceremony of the display, its curator Galina Dementieva conducted a tour for the guests telling them about the presented works united in thematic complexes. She mentioned the artists themselves and their difficult hates. Many of the masters often came to the outskirts of Kirillov and even lived there. For example, Vladimir Korbakov, Dzhanna Tutundzhan, Nikolay Baskakov, Nikolay Burmagin. Visitors of the exhibition can also see some works of the artists who live and work near us today Vladislav Sergeev, Alexander Pesterev, Lyudmila Lupushor. The exhibition In the Wake of Centuries is the first step towards full revival of the Peoples House. Restoration of the building is going on.

More about the display

It will be open till late 2015.

Venue: Peoples House at 3 Preobrazhensky St. (the two-storeyed red building in the centre of Kirillov)

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

A ticket costs 100 rubles. A ticket for pensioners costs 80 rubles. Admission for children under 16 is free.