The 5 unusual museums in Samara

Museum of football

Founded in 2007, the museum is mostly dedicated to FC Krylia Sovetov Samara, which was founded in 1942. The displayed exhibits were donated by fans, team players, and football legends (the likes of Pelé, Lev Yashin, and Guus Hiddink). You’ll see authentic medals, uniforms, cups, posters, photos, autographed footballs, dating as far back as 1943, and much more.

Volga region museum of railway machinery

The museum opened on 9th November 2017. Although relatively new, this open-air museum is home to over 50 authentic locomotives, and electromotive and railway cars, spread over 1.68 hectares. The administrative building in itself is a historical artifact. Built in 1874, this building has retained most of its original structure, and inside you will find many photographs and documents detailing the history of the development of the railway station. This museum is a haven for the lovers of railways and trains, because you not only get to see, but touch all of the exhibits…but that’s not all, you can also try on the railman uniform to get a little feel of the railway history.

Museum of banking

This corporate museum of Sberbank was opened in 1996 and exhibits Russian notes and coins from 12th to 21st century, mechanical calculators and archive documents that tell the story of banking and thrift industry in Samara. The “Invisible exhibition” is definitely a must visit. In this dark room, under ultraviolet light you can see all of Sberbank logos from 1842 till now.

Museum of Vysotsky

Vladimir Vysotskiy (25 January 1938 – 25 July 1980) was a cult Russian singer-songwriter, poet, and actor. His work had immense influence on Soviet, and subsequently, Russian culture. Many of his lyrics reflected his opinion on the then social and political situation in the country. Created by Vysotsky’s friends in 1985, the museum features a collection of his photos, concert posters, and autographed items. At the center of the exposition is a large portrait of Vysotsky by Nikolay Dronnikov, which was painted in Paris in 1975 and later donated to the museum.

ADDRESSES

67 Ulitsa Frundze

Frog museum

It’s the only frog museum in Russia and the 3rd one in the whole world. Having started as a private collection of the museum director Marina Tarasova, it now exhibits toy frogs made of almost any material you can think of. The museum holds fun master classes for kids and adults alike. Have you ever crafted a frog?

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Stalin’s bunker
Joseph Stalin was by far the most secretive leader of the Soviet Union.
The best parks of Samara
Here is a quick roundup of Samara’s best parks for an enjoyable summer day out.
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