The architecturally stunning Chelyabinsk Regional Museum is situated on the banks of the river Miass. A treasure trove showcasing the historical, cultural, and spiritual heritage of the region, the museum is an institution of over 90 years and home to over 300,000 artifacts, many with national significance. Three exhibition halls tell the story of the history of the South Urals including precious stones, Ural aboriginals, and the Orthodox religion. There is also a children's museum, library, garden, exhibition center and temporary exhibits. The museum has two viewing platforms and access to the Museum on the Roof. In addition to the display, the roof offers great views over the city parks, streets, church domes and the mosque.
In 2013, Chelyabinsk was put on the world map due to an unfortunate event. The town was struck by a meteorite, which on entering the earth's atmosphere shattered into millions of fragments. This had disastrous consequences for the city. Many buildings were damaged, windows smashed and worse, 1,600 people were injured. The largest fragment of the meteorite shower was located in a lake outside the city, weighing 600 kilograms. Although society has moved on, there is a permanent reminder of what happened on the morning of 15 February that year in the Regional Museum.
Chelyabinsk Regional Museum offers various themed guided tours. Whether you want to find out more about the city folk and its history, the exhibition on the museum roof, the meteorite and space, or the Orthodox religion, the choice is yours. It is advisable to contact the museum in advance if you require English tours.