Local history museum in Zainsk

Location: Zainsk, Ordzhonikidze Str. 55, Local history museum in Zainsk  

The museum was founded on November 30, 1984, and opened on May 8, 1985.
The local history museum in Zainsk has eight exposition halls. the Collections consist of the remains of mammoths, decorative and applied art, numismatics, household artefacts, historic documents, photographs, and memorabilia of famous citizens of Zainsk, including their paintings. The ethnographic section exhibits clothes and cultural artefacts of Russians, Tatars, Kryashens (baptized Tatars), and Chuvash peoples.

About the museum

“The museum building is a former trading and residential building of the merchant of the 1st guild I.N. Beketov. It is built in 1902. It is a two-story red brick building. The main entrance is from the street. The front porch is long along the entire facade of the building. The building is an architectural monument with historical status. The museum was created by the decision of the executive committee of the Zainsky City Council No. 406 dated 30.11.1984 and was opened on May 8, 1985.

The museum has 8 exposition and exhibition halls, where the remains of mammoths, collections of decorative and applied arts, numismatics, household utensils, rare documents, photographs, memorial items of famous Zainsk people, and a collection of paintings by Zainsk artists are presented.

The section of the exposition – “Zakamie watchdog line (line)” presents the history of Zainsk from the middle of the 17th century. Among the exhibits: a model of the Zainsk fortress, the largest of the six fortresses of this line, and a photocopy of the “Punishment Memory” of the governor I.L. Turgenev, sent to Zainsk to serve in 1675 by Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich (the original is stored in the N.I. Lobachevsky Scientific Library of Kazan State University), a list of the inhabitants of the Zainsk fortress according to the first census, the composition of the Zainsk garrison, which is part of the Novosheshminsky regiment in the 30s of the 17th century), a photocopy of the “Journal, or Daily Notes” of Captain Nikolai Rychkov 1769-1770, a photocopy of the “Case of Captain Mertvetsov (commandant of the fortress), Second Major Lopatin and Major Savinich …”, in which presents investigative documents on the surrender of the Zainsk fortress to the Pugachevites in January 1774, etc.

In the section reflecting the history of the region after 1917, there are interesting materials about the peasant uprising in Zainsk, which went down in history under the name “Fork” (February 1920). Here are authentic photographs, documents, and memories of eyewitnesses of events that tell about the cruelty against the first communists and “food contractors”.
The ethnographic section presents the life and culture of Russians, Tatars, Kryashens, and Chuvashs.

Information from the museum’s website