If you are visiting Samara for the first time, a visit to the following museums will take care of your cultural itinerary.
Alabin museum of historical and regional studies
This is one of the oldest museums of the Povolzhya region. Named after the statesman Pyotr Alabin, the museum is home to extensive archaeological, natural, historical, and ethnographic collections, including rare books, Russian cold arms and firearms, 19th century photographs, among others. The museum is home to over 200 000 artifacts altogether. It also manages the Frunze house museum dedicated to the Russian Civil War, the Lenin house museum dedicated to Vladimir Lenin, and the Art Nouveau museum.
Samara eparchial museum of Russian Orthodox Church history
Opened in 1997 this museum aims to preserve the national heritage deeply rooted in Orthodox Christianity. Through historical documents and religious artifacts the exhibition tells the story of the Russian Church in the Samara region. The collection of icons dating as far back as the 14th century is especially remarkable.
Address: 2 Ulitsa Radinezhskaya
Samara art museum
Founded in 1897, the Samara art museum is one of Russia’s largest museums and houses a collection of over 2000 works of art by Russian and foreign painters. Housed in a solemn neoclassical building, the museum features paintings by famous Russian artists such as Kramskoy, Makovsky, Repin, and many others. Here you can enjoy Russian avant-garde and Oriental artwork. The collection of Japanese, Chinese and Indian art is one of the largest outside Moscow.
Address: 92 Ulitsa Kuibysheva
Korolev museum of aviation and cosmonautics
Sergei Korolev (1907-1966) is widely regarded as the founder of the Soviet space program, hence it was only reasonable that the museum be named after him. Korolev played an active role in the pre-World War II studies of rocketry in the USSR, and later on worked as the lead Soviet rocket engineer and spacecraft designer during the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 1960s. He was involved in the development of the R-7 Rocket, Sputnik 1, and launching the dog Laika and later the first human being into space.
The museum features space vehicles, rocket engines and space related equipment designed and produced in Samara, a city considered to be the epicenter of Russian space engineering. Many items here were actually used onboard the Russian space station Mir and the International Space Station. The museum also displays many of Korolev’s personal belongings, as well as Konstantin Tsiolkovsky’s books that serve to remind us about the human side of space exploration.
Address: 34a Moskovskoye shosse
It’s easy to spot because the museum also serves as a pedestal for a fully assembled and vertically mounted 68 meter Soyuz rocket! In addition to the exhibited space modules, authentic spacesuits and model rockets, the museum runs the Spacebook project that explains how we use space-based technologies, like mobile communications and navigation systems in our casual lives.
Address: 21 Prospekt Lenina