Museums /Medvezh’egorsk Municipal Museum
The Medvezh’egorsk Municipal Museum (Medvezh’egorsk town, Karelia Republic) was founded in 1962 as a school museum of local history. In 1991 it gained municipal status. The Museum is located in a building that was formerly a hotel for specialists working on the White Sea-Baltic Sea Canal, BBK, built in 1935. In the early 1930s there was a ‘Museum of the White Sea-Baltic Sea Canal, BBK’ in Medvezh’ya Gora, the “capital” of the camp BelBaltLag. Part of its collection survived and was included in the collection of the contemporary Museum. In 1999 the Museum inaugurated its permanent exhibition, “BBK. Vekhi istorii” [“The White Sea – Baltic Sea Canal. Milestones of History”]. The exhibition is based on documents, photo material and exhibits, recalling the construction of the White Sea Canal. Additional material was collected during expeditions by Museum staff, members of the Petrosavodsk branch of ‘Memorial’, and the administration of the Canal, to the settlements near the locks in 1989–2000. In the Museum’s collection material on the history of the White Sea Canal and on the Memorial Cemetery “Sandormokh” are handled separately; there are more than 1,000 single exhibits on the history of the Gulag. The exhibition is updated at regular intervals. The exhibition “Istoriia odnogo rasstrela” [“The History of One Execution”] (2007), created by the Research and Information Centre “Memorial” in St Petersburg, has become part of the permanent exhibition. The Museum regularly holds seminars, lectures, and meetings. There are also video materials on the construction of the Canal, which are used during lectures and classes of secondary schools of Medvezh’egorsk district. In addition, the Museum actively participates in the annual Remembrance Day in Sandormokh, 5 August. (Information from April 2010) 
 
 
 
 
NameMedvezh’egorsk Municipal Museum
 
Location
 
Address186300, Respublika Karelia, Medvezhegorsk
ul. Dserzhinskogo 22
 
Status of museumMuseums//
 
SpecialisationMuseums//
 
Official contact detailsDirector: Sergei Ivanovich Koltyrin
Phone: (7-81434) 24232
email: seget@onego.ru
 
Description of museumThe Medvezh’egorsk Municipal Museum was founded in 1962 as a school museum of local history on the initiative of V.P. Ershov, a teacher at boarding school No 4 in Medvezh’egorsk. The Museum was dedicated to the history and ethnography of the Medvezh’egorsk region. In 1991 it gained municipal status. The Museum is located in a historical building that was formerly a hotel for specialists working on the White Sea-Baltic Sea Canal, BBK, built in 1935. In the early 1930s there was a ‘Museum of the White Sea-Baltic Sea Canal, BBK’ in Medvezh’ya Gora, the “capital” of the camp BelBaltLag. Part of its collection survived and was included in the collection of the contemporary Museum, which understands itself as the successor of the 1930s Museum. In 1999 the Museum inaugurated its permanent exhibition, “BBK. Vekhi istorii” [“The White Sea – Baltic Sea Canal. Milestones of History”], curated by S.I. Koltyrin and E.O. Tumash and designed by Iu.V. Ozerov. The exhibition is based on documents, photo material and exhibits, recalling the construction of the White Sea Canal. In 1989-2000 the Museum, in collaboration with the Petrosavodsk branch of ‘Memorial’, organised several exhibitions to collect personal documents from inhabitants of settlements near the locks, as well as from participants of the Remembrance Day in Sandormokh (held since 1997). Research at the archives of the White Sea Canal’s administration, state archives of Karelia Republic and in the private archives of former workers of the White Sea Canal in the late 1990s also contributed to the collection. In the Museum’s collection, material on the history of the White Sea Canal and on the Memorial Cemetery “Sandormokh” are handled separately; there are more than 1,000 single exhibits on the history of the Gulag. The exhibition is updated at regular intervals, the layout and exhibits are changed. For 2008 a complete re-design of the exhibition was planned, which included the addition of the travelling exhibitl “Istoriia odnogo rasstrela” [“The History of One Execution”], created by the Research and Information Centre “Memorial” in St Petersburg and shown in August-October in the Municipal House of Culture, to the permanent exhibition. The Museum regularly holds seminars, lectures, and meetings. In addition, elements of role-play are used during tours on the history of the White Sea Canal. There are also video materials on the construction of the Canal, which are used during lectures and classes of secondary schools of Medvezh’egorsk district. In summer, Museum staff take school children to the Memorial Cemetery at Sandormokh. In addition, the Museum actively participates in the annual Remembrance Day in Sandormokh on 5 August.
 
Opening timesFixed opening times
 
How did the "Gulag" subject appear in the collection The Museum has been working systematically on the topic of the Gulag since 1997. In 1999 a permanent thematic exhibition was created.
 
Related activities on the subjectThe Museum regularly holds seminars, lectures, and meetings. In addition, elements of role-play are used during tours on the history of the White Sea Canal. There are also video materials on the construction of the Canal, which are used during lectures and classes of secondary schools of Medvezh’egorsk district. In summer, Museum staff take school children to the Memorial Cemetery at Sandormokh, in spring they clean the Cemetery. In addition, the Museum actively participates in the organisation of pilgrimages to Sandormokh and the hosting of the annual Remembrance Day on 5 August.
 
Years during which the museum worked on the subject Systematic work began in 1997 and is ongoing.
 
Beginning (year)1997
 
Acquisition and description of subject-related collections Part of the exhibits stems from the Museum of the White Sea – Baltic Sea Canal (BBK) that was closed in the 1930s.
The collection was expanded with materials collected during joint expeditions of the Museum and the Petrosavodsk branch of ‘Memorial’ (collection of personal documents from inhabitants of settlements near the locks and, from 1997, from participants of the Remembrance Day in Sandormokh). Research at the archives of the White Sea Canal’s administration, state archives of Karelia Republic and in the private archives of former workers of the White Sea Canal in the late 1990s also contributed to the collection. In the Museum’s collection, material on the history of the White Sea Canal and on the Memorial Cemetery “Sandormokh” are handled separately; there are more than 1,000 single exhibits on the history of the Gulag.
 
Current state of collectionThe display is open to visitors.
 
PersonsKoltyrin Sergei Ivanovich, Museum director
 
PersonsTumash Evgenii Osipovich
 
Web page?Yes
 
 
Museums /Medvezh’egorsk Municipal Museum