The Stoletovs Brothers’ House Museum is part of the Vladimir-Suzdal Museum-Reserve. It was opened on 28 May 1976 in the old 19th century wing, which is located next to a large two-storey mansion in Stoletovs, on the wooden embankments. Today, this small wooden house has become a real jewel of Vladimir, reminding residents and visitors about the characteristics of the urban development of the last centuries. The street where the museum is located is now also called Stoletovs. What attracts Vladimir’s famous merchants? Stoletovs is a family that belonged to a lineage of merchants, relocated from the freedom-loving Novgorod to Vladimir in the time of Ivan the Terrible. True glory brought the family the brothers Nicholas, Alexander and Dmitri Stoletovs. Both Dmitry and Nicholas became famous in the military field during the Russian-Turkish wars, reaching the rank of generals. Alexander was fond of physics and studied the photoelectric effect, which formed the basis of quantum and electron theories.
Today the Stoletovs Brothers’ House Museum has become a real jewel of Vladimir, reminding residents and visitors about the characteristics of the urban development of the last centuries.
The last century saw the creation of the first photoreceptors, which were widely used in cinema, television and automation. Thanks to Vladimir’s physics work, he made modern discoveries possible: electron microscopes, X-ray machines, fluorescent lighting. Without solar panels on satellites and space stations, space exploration could not have been imagined.
The exhibition of the house museum
If you barely have time to cross the threshold of the Stoletovs Museum, you may wonder how the interiors were carefully recreated in the last century. Striking and preserved in all areas of the museum’s atmosphere from a bygone era. The room is decorated with family portraits, photos of family members and close friends. Almost all the furniture in the room: a wall clock, a piano and original paintings. In the following family history the atmosphere continues in the everyday, you can see an old shelf (some of them have autographs), table, marked by the letters, including Timiryazeva by Tsiolkovsky, Helmholtz, Kovalevskaya, Kundt.
Among the many articles of daily use, showing a typical way of life of a family of merchants in those years, you can find unique devices of the Physics Laboratory, established by A. G. Stoletovym. The exhibitions devoted to scientific and educational activities Aleksandra Stoletova, housed in two large rooms. Here you can see the diplomas and prizes awarded to him for his services to home economics.
Familiarity with the museum will be of interest not only to specialists and those interested in the life of the great physicist, but also to ordinary tourists and even children.