The folk museum “Music and Time” was established in the early 1990s by John Mostoslavskim who is a hereditary illusionist, magician and actor, as well as an avid collector of ancient ornaments. The collection that can be seen today in the Mostoslavsky Museum was collected during his lifetime. It was a boy from Mostoslavsky who started collecting the bells and later became the base of the museum in Yaroslavl. Today, besides a myriad of the strangest bells, a variety of old things can be seen here, such as clocks, musical instruments, phonographs and gramophones.
Now the Music and Time Museum is not even a museum, it’s a museum complex. It includes the Porcelain Museum, the Samovar Museum and the Cast Iron Kasli.
The museums can be visited independently or a group trip can be arranged. In addition, the museum staff organizes trips in Yaroslavl.
The Folk Museum “Music and Time” is where you can see old musical instruments and mechanisms (including some interests such as a harmonium or hurdy-gurdy), all kinds of clocks, ranging from the floor of the house and other objects of ancient life. A special place in the exhibition of this museum in Yaroslavl is occupied by the largest number of bells: here you can see (and not only to see) small bells, church bells and powerful bells. The exhibitions you can touch and listen to.
In the Porcelain Folk Museum about two thousand items were collected, including those made in Russia and the USSR, as well as factories from Europe and China. The core of the collection is a product of Leningrad, Dulevo, Dmitrov, Gzhel factories, as well as a number of plants from Ukraine. Here you can see the real works of art, including paintings by famous artists. Among the exhibits are set, figures, lamps, etc.
The Samovar Folk Museum offers visitors to become acquainted with the samovars of various Russian cities, where each of them had a tradition of its own peculiar production of these ancient Russian household items. In the second room of the exhibition is the Cast Iron Kasli, and the third room presents copper articles, mainly for religious reasons.
The concert hall in the museum has a small body, which was created specifically for the museum in Germany. The hall opened in 2006, and since then, it is not only visited by national artists, but also by foreign artists. In the hall of this museum in Yaroslavl is placed a collection of audio recordings, consisting of more than 15 thousand, on the gramophone and records. Here the recordings of great singers and artists are collected, as well as the recordings of the speeches of the party leaders.
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