Gorodets Museum of Local Lore

Gorodets Museum of Local Lore in Gorodets, Russia remains a highlight for tourists who wish to understand the city’s historical and cultural heritage. More than 15 thousand valuable and rare exhibits have been amassed at this small yet engaging museum which invites visitors to fall in love with Gorodets.

The Museum of Local Lore was established in 1918 and is now one of the oldest museums in Nizhny Novgorod Region. Initially it was located in the People's House and included only one exhibition. As the number of items on display increased to more than four thousand and interest in its many exhibits of national significance increased, it became clear that a larger building was needed. Museum of Local Lore was then relocated to a historic merchant’s mansion, where it remains to this day.

What to See:

Gorodets Museum of Local Lore welcomes visitors with a homey atmosphere, while competent guides can help you to understand the exhibits in greater detail. The museum continues to add to its rich repository of cultural, artistic and scientific exhibits which have been collected gradually over the past century. Expositions allow visitors to gain a feel for regional peasant life and the pre-revolutionary, Soviet and modern life of Gorodets residents. Numerous folk crafts of modern Gorodets artisans are also on display, including woodcarvings, embroideries, landscape paintings and the region’s famous Zhbannikov whistles.

Exhibit highlights include "Old Believers", "Crafts of the 19th-early 20th Centuries", "Orthodoxy", "Modern Art Crafts", "Bedroom of the Merchant Ablaeva" and “Living Room of the Merchant Ablaeva”. Gorodets Museum of Local Lore is particularly proud of the lead seal of 13th-century Novgorod prince Alexander Nevsky and a 14th-century princely helmet. The 19th-century Theodorovskaya Mother of God Icon which is on display is even regarded as sacred by Orthodox believers.

WHERE: Gorodets City, Lenin Street (formerly Merchant Street), House 11, Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia

WHEN: Monday- Closed
              Tuesday-Friday - 10:00 to 17:00
              Saturday-Sunday - 10:00 to 16:00