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The Marvelous Museums of Ekaterinburg

Visitors to Ekaterinburg can discover a wealth of information on the history and culture of the city and surrounding region in the more than thirty museums scattered around the city. Art enthusiasts should include the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts and the Gamayun Center of Folk Arts and Artistic Handicraft to their itinerary, while visitors interested in natural history may want to add the Nature Museum, the Regional Natural History Museum and the Ural Geological Museum to their list of places to see. Other options are the Museum of History of Stone-Cutting and Jeweler's Art, the Museum of Photography, the Ekaterinburg History Museum, and the Radio Museum by Popov.

The Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts is housed in two buildings – one in an 18th century building in the Historic Center of the city on Voevodina Street and the other in Vaynera Street in a more modern structure. In the main exhibition center visitors will be able to view an impressive display of Kasli cast-iron sculpture, named for the town of Kasli in the Urals where the innovative iron-molding method was developed in the mid-1800s. Made from the purest quality of iron available, the sculptures are renowned for their smooth surfaces and intricate details. Other features of the museum include its extensive collection of Russian arts and crafts, as well as superb examples of both Russian and western paintings. In addition to permanent exhibitions, the museum has up to fifty temporary exhibitions each year, so visitors are assured of finding something new to marvel at.

With four main exhibition halls filled with all types of artifacts, the Regional Natural History Museum in Malysheva Street is one of the oldest and largest museums in the Ural region of Russia. While it is open to the public, the museum is also a research center, and collaborates with museums and research centers in neighboring regions to expand on knowledge of Russia's natural history.

The Radio Museum by Popov pays tribute to the inventor of the radio, Alexandr Popov, and includes a vast collection of radios, some of which are very rare. The building at Rozy Lyuksemburg 9/11 includes the only planetarium in the Ural Region - certainly worth a visit.

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