My kids enjoy short museum trips. Their attention spans are limited, of course, so we are selective about which museums we go to and how long we stay. : )
The Ulan-Ude History Museum, which has been built since I lived there, turned out to be a real gem. It is a tiny museum, but has a discovery room of sorts for children. In it, there is an interactive pioneer trading post set up to show children what they were like in the 19th century.
|Playing "store" with things that would have been sold in the 1800s.|
Then, we found the 19th century Russian and Buryat dress-up costumes! That made it all the more fun.
I've already showed you some pictures from the Ethnographical Museum, an outdoor museum in Ulan-Ude, in the Let it Snow post, but here are a couple more. Below are some of the fun cut-outs that we took pictures with.
|A typical Buryat family? |
(The extra child is the son of my friends, Oksana & Vladik.)
|Camels in Siberia? Yes, camels are one of five traditional |
domesticated animals that the Buryats herded.
The Ethnographical Museum has a small zoo with these guys and more.
The Natural Science Museum in Ulan-Ude is definitely not one of the world's great museums. It hasn't changed much since the early 90s either, but we managed to have a little fun anyway.
|Although she enjoyed seeing real nerpa seals, |
my daughter was happy to see this one up-close.
|My son, the clown!|
In Moscow, we went to the Pushkin Museum to see their Impressionist/Expressionist collection. The highlight for me was when we walked into a room filled with Matisses and both kids started yelling, at the top of their lungs, "I know who this is! It's Matisse!" And I thought, okay, I have done something right in their art education . . .
|The Pushkin Museum in Moscow. (Source)|
This is my last "snapshot" of our trip! Hope you have enjoyed all of them and thank for reading!