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Military Historic Museum of the Navy (Sevastopol)

 

 

 

 

Location: Sevastopol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of the Military Historic Museum of the Navy

Military Historic Museum of the Navy was opened on September 14th, 1869 in Sevastopol in a private residence of General- Engineer E.I. Totleben. He was one of the few survivors of the first defence of Sevastopol in the course of the Crimean War. Museum was established under supervision of a special committee. Most of the members of the original administration of the Military Historic Museum were veterans of the Crimean War. The head of this committee was Lieutenant General P.K. Men'koy who was the chief editor of the military newspaper "Russian Invalid". He managed to gather twelve thousand rubles (huge sum by those days) in a fairly short period of time. In addition to monetary donations newly established Museum of the Navy accepted trophies, physical objects from veterans of the Crimean War and their families. By 1913 Museum exposition contained over 2000 items on its display. People donated these mementos without desire for any monetary gain. After Russian Revolution of 1917 and subsequent Russian Civil War Military Historic Museum was expanded. New rooms in the museum of the Navy included items dedicated to Russian Revolution of 1905 and 1917. Upon beginning of World War II Military Historic Museum expanded even further. Many soldiers and sailors travelled from the frontlines to deliver documents of their fallen comrades, their helmets and other items with hopes that Museum will preserve personal mementos of people who died for their country. As German and their Romanian allies moved closer to Sevastopol, collection of the Museum had to move. First it moved to Baku (today it is capital of independent Azerbaijan) and later to Ulyanovsk.

 

After Sevastopol was liberated from Nazi forces collection of Military Historic Museum of the Navy returned back to their home town. The building of the Museum was badly damaged during the years of occupation so exposition was transferred to the art gallery located on the Nakhimov street for temporary storage. Military Historic Museum of the Navy was re- opened on August 15th, 1948 after extensive reconstruction. Today museum is open to the public. It contains a unique collection of ancient and modern weapons, models of historic ships, paintings of battles and old photographs. In the courtyard of Military Historic Museum military equipment is presented to the public.

 

 

 

 

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