Wandering Camera

Album 235
(Translated b
y Cyrill Shemena)

A while back we viewed the exterior of the museum of Mukhinskoe Secondary School (previously known as "Baron A.A. Stiglitz's Central School of Technical Drawing" ).
We now take a closer look at the museum from the inside, especially taking into account that its interior is comparable in its magnificence to that of  many palaces.


The central exhibition hall is the biggest in the museum and has a glass
dome serving as a roof.

The names of renowned architects and artists are visible between the arches.

The front staircase.

Originally the statue of Stiglitz occupied a place at the top of the staircase and was later replaced by one of Lenin.

A double-decker gallery encircles the exhibition hall.

According to my sources the Pergamon frieze (covering the right wall) was absent prior to Perestroika.


The museum's building was designed and built by Maximilian Mesmaher in 1885-1895. He also designed the school's interior and also served as director of the school.

"Production conference!" :)
The arch reminds me of the one on the Academy of Central Command building, located on Palace Square.
Even though my images only cover a fraction of the museum's exhibition halls, it still renders difficult to correctly identify them. So, whilst waiting for your help in elucidating the issue from me, here are a few general comments. :)
Each exhibition hall of the museum was designed with the intention to reflect the style of the country whose exhibits are (were) displayed in that particular hall.
Word has it that during the Soviet era walls of certain halls were whitewashed, and after the collapse of Soviet Union the whitewashing was removed.
From what I understand, only a limited number of halls are allotted to the museum, the rest form part of the School (some of the people seen in the halls are teachers and students).
Sad Lion.
The staircase of the main entrance.

A statue of Lenin used to also be positioned here, as in the case with the front staircase.

One can't help but wonder whether at least one statue of Mukhina whom the school is named after, ever existed in the building?

A lantern of more modest appearance if compared to others.
A marble plaque next to the staircase reads:

"The school was reconstituted in February 1945 by USSR government decree".

Entrance/Exit. There is a watch booth to the rear of where the photo was taken from.

Strictly speaking this is not the museum entrance, but rather that of the School. The museum entrance is to the left, closer to the center of the building where numerous exhibitions are held.




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