27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Live history in National Museum of Republic of Tatarstan

The National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan holds an interactive fancy-dress excursions with elements of theatricalisation, titled 'Revived Exposition' as part of the Cultural Universiade.

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Everyone who wishes may visit the Revived Exposition – the National Museum holds it every week on Thursdays. But at the time of the World University Games the museum workers made an exception and arranged fancy-dress excursions almost every day.

Every section of the exposition transfers us to the past. Elegant interiors, national costumes and decorations of different epochs - it is simply breathtakingly from such vast amount of items. Antique music box, piano, hand-written books with brittle pages ... The history of all these exhibits is told not by ordinary tour guides but representatives of different epochs: earl Orlov introduces visitors to the exhibition section, which is devoted to the 18th century, and Catherine the Great tells the story of the period of her reign. In the exposition, called 'Ancient History of Tatarstan', one may see a man producing stoneware, and the section The World of Things will clearly familiarize with different work tools of the past millenniums. In the hall representing the Volgian Bulgaria a warrior of the Golden Horde will demonstrate precision archery.

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Apart from this, the exhibition, called 'Sport Gold of Tatarstan' is opened till July 21 as part of the Towards the Universiade project where the highest sport achievements and awards of the republic are presented. Attributes of athletes, volunteers, signs of different years, samples of tickets and letters of thanks – all this can be seen by the guests of the museum. And if to look into the comments book one may find records there not only in Russian and Tatar but English, German and Korean as well. “During the Universiade the museum was glad to open its doors to foreign guests. Guides with pleasure talked with them in English; visitors were delighted with the special exhibits of the late 19th century and the armament of a warrior of the 17-18 centuries,” the workers of the museum tell.

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And on the eve the visitors hurried to the museum not only for the Revived Exposition. July 17 is the 181st anniversary of the birth of outstanding archaeologist and numismatician Andrei Likhachyov. The National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan holds regular exhibitions dedicated to famous collectors. And yesterday, fascinating themed tours were organized for the guests of the event. Visitors were able to learn interesting facts about Likhachyov. A numismatic pantry stores innumerable quantity of coins: Eastern, European, coins with inscriptions and intricate patterns.

The Revived Exposition may be visited tomorrow on July 18 and after finishing the Games, the National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan will again work in usual regime and make fancy-dress excursions every Thursday.

Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate