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''Something like that I myself have never seen before — the museum of archaeological wood. This was done by our experts, our scientists. They are here today, and I am very grateful to them''
Mintimer Shaimiev, State Adviser of Tatarstan, UNESCO special envoy for intercultural dialogue



The museum  is located on the site of archaeological excavations. Scientists have found out that before the emergence of the city in 1551 there was a settlement of the Kazan Khanate. In the course of research, they found two streets and the remains of 10 households. In total, archaeologists have discovered as a result of the excavations more than 140,000 items that can now be found in the museum. Among them, there are tools for building houses, as well as elements of everyday life and even children's toys.

The museum on the area of 900 square metres consists of two parts. The first is an exhibition of three sections: the medieval wooden architecture, the restoration and the conservation of archaeological artifacts and life of the population of Sviyazhsk in the middle ages. The exposition was placed along the walls of the museum, and what is known as the ''archaeological excavation'' was placed in its centre. It is a recreation of the real location of the wooden city buildings of the 16-18th centuries, and the details can be seen closer, walking along the glass corridor, laid directly inside the excavation.

The museum has  the 21-metre animated panel 'Town-island of Sviyazhsk' , where you can see how the medieval inhabitants of the island swim in the river and do household chores. In total, 450 characters involved in 120 household scenes are presented on the panel in the technique of cross-frame and frame animation.

Also available the interactive zone called 'Become a Sviyazhsk inhabitant'. After choosing the sex, place where you would like to live, and the layer of teh society, you need to take a picture. All data is entered into the system, at the exit of the museum the camera scan your face and, finding a match, you are displayed in a look of medieval Sviyazhsk inhabitant on the projector.

In 2019 Museum of archaeological wood "Tatarskaya Slobodka" of Sate Museum-reserve "Town-island of Sviyazhsk" for animated panel "Town-island of Sviyazhsk" won gold in the category "Digital Interactive Installation" premium ICOM International Committee for Audiovisual, New Technologies, and Social Media , in Shanghai 

Opening hours

Понедельник 9:00 - 18:00

Вторник           9:00 - 18:00

Среда               9:00 - 18:00

Четверг           9:00 - 18:00

Пятница           9:00 - 19:00

Суббота            9:00 - 19:00

Воскресенье   9:00 - 18:00

Ticket offices close 30 minutes earlier

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