The Gallery of Industrial History – a perfect place to learn the historical heritage of Petrozavodsk
If as a foreign student you wonder why the city’s name is Petrozavodsk, then the best place to satisfy your curiosity is The Gallery of Industrial History
Keeping in mind that our students are zealous to explore Petrozavodsk, couple of days ago we took four of our guests: Emma (UK), Eleanor (USA), Lydia (Spain), and Yumen (China), — to the Gallery of Industrial History, so they could learn more about the city they are staying in.
Of course, the majority of students come here to acquire knowledge about Russia and Russian traditions, try pirozhki, borsch, pelmeni, see samovar and banya. Thus, cannons, tractors and iron ore might not seem as the objects worth seeing. However, they represent a crucial part of Petrozavodsk history, and are essential to understand the roots of the city. Moreover, the museum guides managed to turn the things that may sound boring at first into a fascinating interactive exhibition.
The story of how it all began – explore the legacy of Peter the Great
At the beginning, the visitors can test their knowledge of basic physical laws or take a shot at using some tools from the factories. All the students enjoyed this experience and continued to explore some exhibited hands-on objects even after the excursion was over. Surely, the main part of the tour was dedicated to Petrovskiy (Petrine) and Alexandrovskiy factories. Our curious students learned many interesting facts about Petrozavodsk here. For instance, that first it was just a little settlement, called Petrovskaya Sloboda, or that Petrozavodsk is a combination of two words – Petrovskiy and zavod, which in English means Petrovskiy factory. Generally, for a modern person it is hard to imagine the manufacturing process of the past. But this gallery contrived to solve this problem creatively: they made the models that illustrate the workshops of those times. You simply push a button and a little factory starts operating. Thrilling, isn’t it?
Tractors, ships, and red flags – experience the atmosphere of a true Soviet factory
Obviously, the museum guides do not forget to tell the visitors about the city’s industrial history during the Soviet period. This part of the lecture might seem even more interesting, because the factories, founded during that time, — Onego tractor plant and shipbuilding factory Avangard, — are still operating. Furthermore, many people that used to work there still come and contribute to the gallery. Hence, the students had plenty of opportunities to become familiar with the soviet workers everyday routine. Turn the ship wheel, read a book written by Lenin, use the phone or calculator from the XX century, – the gallery provides a lot of ways to get involved and inspire your imagination. Our students engaged in all these activities with great pleasure.
If you want to go to the interactive, educative, and welcoming place, the Gallery of Industrial History is your destination
Of course, our visit to the museum would not be that educative, fun and pleasant, if it was not for the guide. All the students admitted that she was really attentive to their needs. Moreover, she tried to make them curious and involved, asked questions about steam engines, Russian history, physical laws, etc.
Naturally, Petrozavodsk may not seem an industrial city anymore, but for the most part of its history it was. Therefore, for those people who want to know the heart and soul of this place, it is essential to visit the Gallery of Industrial History. Our students confirm: it will not disappoint you. On the contrary, it will definitely make your brains, hands and imagination work!
If you want to join our happy students in learning Russian language and exploring Petrozavodsk, do not hesitate, choose a course and come to our school!