Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Siberian Birch Bark Museum

The museum of birch bark crafts in Novosibirsk is unique.
It claims to be the only one of that kind in the world.

In it a visitor enjoys the vast collection of pictures, figures, decorations and even icons, all of them made of birch bark in Novosibirsk and in other cities and regions. Most of them are new, but some were made several decades and even centuries ago.

The collection is amazing! Some figures are so strikingly complex that one just can't imagine how the artist was creating them. It is not an exaggeration to say that all pieces are masterpieces.

As it is a purely Russian style of arts and crafts, the most pieces represent characters from Russian fairy tales. All those wood goblins (called Leshiy in Russian), Baba Yagas, wood spirits (lesovichoks), sauna spirits (banniks) and so on. There are many objects of worship, some kind of amulets kept in the house or worn as decorations. Even icons can be seen and bought here, blessed by the Russian Orthodox Church.
A lot of objects reflecting lifestyle in an old Russian village.
There is even an 18+ hall, skillfully hidden behind a plain door, so ask your guide or a museum officer to open it for you!

Some simple things can be bought in the museum shop, and larger objects can be ordered from the aetist.
I recommend visiting this museum to all guests of Novosibirsk! It is small, so the tour won't take you more than 1 hour.

The museum has two exhibition halls, located ul. Sverdlova 21, and ul. Gorkogo 18, each of them in the historical downtown, close to the main attractions.

1 comment:

  1. The museum is good ))) has been there thanks to Olga

    can send you some links for photos from the day we visited the museum, if you'd like