Khabarovsk Regional Lore Museum - Look into the Past

On the initiative of the Priamursky Department of the Imperial Russian Geographical Society, the Khabarovsk Regional Lore Museum was opened on 19 April 1894. Between the years 1910 to 1919 and again from 1924 to 1925, the Khabarovsk Regional Lore Museum was headed up by a famous traveler, writer and scientist named V.K. Arsenyev. It is during these time periods that the Regional Lore Museum of Khabarovsk became the center for lore studies in the area. It had also received the “Best Museum of the year 2000” title and is a member of the Russian Committee of the International Council of Museums. The Regional Lore Museum boasts with approximately 328 428 items that are exhibited in twelve sections within the museum, and sees an annual number of 180 000 visitors. There are also nine roaming exhibits that are displayed throughout the city, lectures and educational sessions are given in the museum and more than 2500 excursions.

The Khabarovsk Regional Lore Museum opened its Archeological Department in 1998, in the base of the museum. The Archeological Department has a collection of 35 000 items on display and there are five thematic sections that concentrates on the origin of humans right through to the Mongolian invasion. The Regional Lore Museum also displays the geography, mineral resources and plant and animal life in the Khabarovsk region, in their Nature Department.

The Palaentological Department has a variety of fossils belonging to animals and plants, and has a narrated exhibit that educates the visitor on the evolution of land and sea fossils. Most intriguing is the Chukotka Mammoth skull that was presented to the museum in 1896, and the mammoth tusk that was placed within the same age of the skull and was found within Khabarovsk, eight meters into the ground.

Another prized exhibit at the Khabarovsk Regional Lore Museum is the skeleton of a sea cow of Steller. This full skeleton is an extremely rare find, and belonged to a ten meter long animal that fed on seaweed and weighed approximately four tons. They were first discovered in 1741, and it took the human race only 27 years to drive them into extinction. This department is called the Khabarovsk Territory, and it displays almost 8 species of each class of amphibia and reptiles, 80 mammal species and 380 bird species.

Many other departments and displays are found within the Khabarovsk Regional Lore Museum, and is definitely a complete day excursion. With so many exhibits to view, is will be hard to rush through the displays.

In May of 1979, the Regional Lore Museum added a Literature Department, with the first exhibit being held in the December of 1981. The museum has a full and extensive collection of letters, photos, documents and many personal belongings of famous writers such as T.M Borisov (Scientist), V.K. Aresnyev (Traveller and writer) and P.S. Komarov (Poet).


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