Wandering through this unique village feels like time travel to ancient Russia. Here, in the vast territory of the reserve you will find an entire complex of wooden 17-19th century buildings collected and brought here from all over the Nizhny Novgorod region hiding among thick trees and picturesque lakes.
If you’re interested in science, consider visiting the Memorial Museum of the famous Soviet physicist Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov. Not only was he an outstanding scientist assigned the unofficial title of ‘the father of the hydrogen bomb’, but also a famous human rights activist. For that reason he had to spend 7 years of his life in this very apartment, watched closely by the KGB. The museum is divided into two parts: one part shows Sakharov’s everyday routine, the second one displays some of his inventions.
A visit to the Rukavishnikov Manor is an excellent opportunity not only to get acquainted with the history of the Nizhny Novgorod region, but also to explore one of the city’s architectural gems. It was built in the middle of the 19th century in the Italian palazzo style. The building was perfectly preserved, so today its interior and exterior are equally admirable. The State Museum of History and Architecture is right next door, so anyone interested in architecture will enjoy this sightseeing route.
In the Soviet days the term “Intelligentsia” was referred to educated people engaged in complex mental labor, guiding and shaping the culture of their society (scientist and university professors for example). The Museum of the Nizhny Novgorod Intelligentsia aims to capture the atmosphere of these people’s lives and habits. The museums is located in a perfectly preserved typical urban building of the 19th century. Everything here literally breathes with the past — patterned wallpaper, parquet on the floor, antique furniture, carved tables and chairs, a piano, a gramophone — all of these items tell a compelling story of Soviet Intelligentsia’s lives.
This museum is full of peculiar mechanisms and devices, and only God knows what their purpose is, actually the museum tour guides also do and are happy to share the information with visitors. In this age of advanced technology a trip to a museum of antique tools makes for a very interesting experience.