Arkhangelskiye Gostinyye Dvory

Arkhangelskiye Gostinyye Dvory

Arkhangelskiye Gostinyye Dvory
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Takarasina
1,888 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Just had no time. We were on a leisure trip in Arkhangelsk early in September, part of a longer rally through the Russian North than spanned three weeks and about 3,000 kilometres (Moscow-Vologda-Arkhangelsk-Severodvinsk-Kholmogory-Nyandoma-Kargopol-Pudozh-Medvezhiegorsk-Petrozavodsk-Vytegra-Vologda-Yaroslavl-Moscow). I drove my SUV there.
It's a beautiful city, Arkhangelsk, and that 17th-century structure is one of its indisputable treasures. Renovated with skill, it commands the Northern Dvina riverbank and attracts throngs of tourists.
It was horribly damaged by the Communists who demolished three of its four wings and used the remaining one as editorial offices of their bullhorns, a printery, a warehouse, a bomb shelter during WWII, and a military communication centre. It became a museum in 1986 but still survived a miserable existence for decades until the regime collapsed and renovation works started at last. Thus, taking into account its tragic lot, it'd be somewhat unjust to refer to the complex in plural (Gostinnye Dvory = Merchant Yards) since there's practically only one that is left after the Commies' shenanigans. Its correct name should therefore be Arkhangelsky Gostiny Dvor = Arkhangelsk Merchant Yard.
Still, an imposing drawcard.
Written 22 December 2023
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William P
Glendale, AZ1,262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This museum was one stop on our cruise-ship tour. We, unfortunately, had only 1-1/2 hours here, which was far too short a time; you need a good 1/2-day to do this museum justice. It is located in the old Merchant Yards building which was set up as a "hotel" for the local merchants doing business with the international traders from more southern European countries many hundreds of years ago. (The building itself is a fascinating structure!) The museum tells the story of the region from unique objects of stone and bone carvings, items from houses in the Middle Ages, old Russian art, church icons, etc. It tells how Peter I (Peter the Great) came to Arkhangelsk and helped establish it as the great shipbuilding seaport it had become. This is one of the oldest museums in Russia celebrating its 182-year anniversary this year.
Written 17 July 2019
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Leanne C
Brisbane, Australia190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
This is a lovely Museum. We were on a Cruise and stopped in here. Lovely old building and interesting Museum. Worth a trip.
Written 16 November 2018
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Nicholas W
Kingsbridge, UK27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
The locals are rightly proud of this musem. It is a shame that in the recent revamp there is not more internation interpretation. The range of things covered is vast. From the history of Arkhangelsk itself to the North Atalantic convoys in WW2 to soviet era propoganda posters.
The curation is a bit haphazard with appantaknly random objects displayed with unrelated items, but maybe it helps to speak the language. I still found the 2 to 3 hours wandering well worth it.
Written 13 August 2018
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Anthony S
Brisbane, Australia1,837 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Not a lot in English so you really need a guide which the museum has but I don’t know if there is a cost. Could spend a lot of time here. Located in the oldest brick building in the city and once the trading warehouses of western merchants.
Written 12 July 2018
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Jandmb255060
Sydney, Australia65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
This is an excellent museum in the heart of Arkhangel on the White Sea area of northern Russia. We called in for the day on a cruise ship and chose this as our excursion. How lucky we were. This has too large a display for the hour or so we spent there, so try and take a bit longer. It has displays from the earliest times in this area as well as the development of trade, commerce,shipping etc. The helpful young lady guide spoke only in Russian but we had an interpreter to help us. Understandably most of the signage was in Russian as tourism hasnt really hit there yet so it is all authentic.The building itself is quite historical. Try to visit if in the area
Written 23 July 2017
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Thank you so much for the wonderful review! You are always welcome to our museum for longer journeys around the numerous exhibitions. We are now working on translating the signage into English, so when you are back, they will be there!
Written 10 August 2017
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72DMM72
Leeds, UK13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Friends
There is no concession to those who don't speak Russian but if you go with a local there are some really interesting exhibits. A lot of thought has been given to the displays which tell the history of the region and the people. It includes a spectacular exhibit of items decorated with local freshwater pearls - exquisite garments and icons. The building itself is well-preserved and very evocative.
Written 13 November 2015
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supersatisfied
Brampton, Canada186 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
We felt we were rushed through the museum and shown only 'chosen' parts. As we passed other interesting exhibits we were unable to take the time to explore. We were on a guided tour! My main complaint was the acoustics of the building. If you were not standing next to the guide, it was extremely difficult to hear her. The building is full of history so if you visit, make sure you have ample time to explore. By the way, none of the exhibits that we saw had any explanations in English which makes a visit very difficult without a guide.
Written 5 August 2015
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Eddieportland
Portland, Maine22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Business
History, architecture, great views are just some of the benefits of visiting the birthplace of Arkhangeslk! Learn how international trade made Arkhangelsk the gateway to Russia!
Written 21 April 2015
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Olga_travels
Arkhangelsk, Russia38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Solo
Lot of exhibition about the north and life there. U can see typical north artists. Nice interiors of old trade yards.
Every month they have a new exhibition last we came was about illusions - a lot of stunning picture we've got from it
Written 5 December 2014
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