First Museum of Slavic Mythology

In the heart of Tomsk you’ll find the first Museum of Slavic mythology. The museum highlights the mythology of the ancient Slavs and their heroic past, intertwined with Russian fairy tales and customs.

first museum of slavic mythology

In Tomsk, the first Museum of Slavic mythology has been in existence since 2007. It was established by Gennadii Mikhailovich Pavlov, a successful businessman and graduate of Tomsk State University. Nestled in the historic part of the city behind Voskresenskaya Hill, the museum is housed in a private three-story building. Today, it stands as a prominent center of Slavic culture in Tomsk, captivating visitors with its unique offerings.

What sets this museum apart is its unparalleled distinction, as it remains unmatched by any other institution in the world. Its collection primarily comprises paintings by contemporary Russian artists, all interconnected by a central theme: the mythology of the ancient Slavs and their heroic past, intertwined with Russian fairy tales and customs.

Although the artistic styles of the talented painters vary, they share a common aspiration—to vividly recreate the legendary world of the ancient Slavs and make it tangible through their art. When gazing upon these paintings, one can almost feel the penetrating gaze of the gods and heroes from the depths of ancient Slavic culture.

Visit the museum’s website for more information about opening hours and exhibitions.

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