First Soviet polar station to become part of a museum in the Arctic
The Russian Arctic National Park is set to establish the Living History of the Arctic open air museum on Franz Josef Land by 2020. The museum will feature the first Soviet polar station, trucks, various installations, all-terrain vehicles and fixed-wing aircraft, the press service of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment said in a statement.
Acting National Park Director Alexander Kirilov told Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergei Donskoi during a conference about the plans to establish an open air museum on the Franz Josef Land Archipelago, the press service noted.
Exhibits are to include an S-80 tractor, a n ANT-6A plane, items that belonged to the Italian expedition headed by Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, that spent the winter on Rudolf Island in 1899-1900, items left behind by a US expedition that explored Alger Island in 1901-1902, as well as exhibits from a German meteorological station dating to World War II.
Eight facilities have already been designated regional cultural landmarks, Kirilov said.
The facilities on Hooker Island have great historical-cultural significance. The buildings of the Tikhaya Harbor polar station, established in 1929 where the first Russian expedition to the North Pole headed by Georgy Sedov spent the winter of 1913-1914, survived to this day.