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.



Implementation of the project “It is My Town” that was to attract attention to historical and cultural sites of Kirillov began a year ago. It was initiated by the activists of the Youth Centre Alfa with the assistance of the Kirillo-Belozersky Museum-Reserve. On October 10, on the eve of the first anniversary, the authors of the project summed up first results and shared their plans for the future. The event was held in the conference hall of the museum. A.Y. Kotov, Mayor of Kirillov; Ilya Smirnov, deputy director of the Kirillo-Belozersky Museum-Reserve, and local residents took part in it.

The main venue for all events and the main information resource of the project was the group Our Favourite Historical Town of Kirillov in the social networking site Vkontakte - Information about a new event connected with the history or modern life of the town was placed there every month. The first in the list was the action Selfie against a background of the historical monument. Local people, including Sergey Usov, head of the Kirillov district, and Andrey Kotov, Mayor of Kirillov, joined it. Several photo contests and quizzes were held in the group during the year. Some of the events took place in the Youth Centre Alfa. Besides, interesting materials in various sections were regularly posted in the group: video tours, stories about famous fellow-townsmen and heroes of the Great Patriotic War and so on.

The initiative of the senior pupils of Kirillov has been already appreciated not only by local inhabitants and countrymen living in other cities of Russia, but also by the Youth Parliament of the Vologda region: the project took the third place in the contest The Great 1940s in the nomination Activity of children’s and youth organizations on patriotic education of minors. On Friday, October 9, the initiators and curators were awarded letters of gratitude and souvenirs from the Kirillov District Administration.

According to S.A. Karatshova, director of the Youth Centre Alfa and head of the project, residents of other small towns also became interested in this idea and would like to start such a project in their small Motherland. As of the youth of Kirillov, they are not going to stop at what has already been accomplished: new events are being organized at present.