New permanent Arctic exhibition to open at Russian Ethnography Museum
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New permanent Arctic exhibition to open at Russian Ethnography Museum

The Russian Museum of Ethnography in St. Petersburg is working on a new permanent Arctic exhibition.

“The museum plans to create a very impressive permanent exhibition dedicated to the cultures of the peoples of the Arctic, Siberia and the Far East. This is a great, ambitious state task. Russia boasts the most unique collections on the Arctic region, but we still do not have a single federal venue with a large, comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the indigenous peoples of the North. And this is a major mission for the Russian Museum of Ethnography,” Yulia Kupina said at a conference marking the museum’s 120th anniversary.

Specialized curators and experts from the museum, as well as specialists from various scientific centers and culture bearers from the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East, also are participating in the creation of the exhibition.

“We are trying to show the process of creating the exhibition to the public. Now it is in full swing, and as soon as we have the opportunity, we will definitely present it,” Yulia Kupina promised.

At the moment, the museum is showing the exhibition The Arctic: Inhabited Land, which features over 500 exhibits. At the same time, the museum’s Arctic collection consists of more than 50,000 items and over 10,000 relevant photographic documents.