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10 unexpected museums
of the Krasnodar region
in the open air and more…
The South of Russia is famous not only for the single sea, but also for its cultural and historical roots, glorious achievements and unique natural wealth. And although mostly tourists go to the Kuban for a beach holiday, why not combine business with pleasure and devote part of your vacation to getting acquainted with the ethnic, historical, natural and even gastronomic values of the region?
Moreover, the map of museums is extensive and covers the entire Krasnodar region, that is, almost in any city on the coast or municipal district of Kuban, you can find a museum worth visiting. For tourists in the summer season, the most attractive are the so-called "natural" museums, that is, those that are set up in the open air.
Among them, the exhibition complex "Ataman" on the Taman Peninsula near the Sea of Azov is particularly popular.
It is a life-size Cossack village museum with buildings-copies of historical originals, where each exhibit is an original that you can pick up, you can and should go into each building to literally touch the life of the Cossacks. And there is a place to wander here. Several realistic streets, schools, smoking rooms, a fire station — and all this is available for interactive interplay. In addition, the complex provides a number of additional entertainment, so that adults and children will remember a visit to "Ataman"for a long time.

Another vivid example of a" natural "museum is the" City of Kuban Masters " in Kabardinka. The complex is located in the open air in the city park, like all its exhibits. Which is very useful, given the hot Kuban summer - it's nice to walk here in the cool shade of old trees and along the way get acquainted with the life, traditions, and way of life of Cossack families. The complex features "mazanki" - traditional houses of the Kuban Cossacks, and there is also a real blacksmith shop. In it, you can not only watch the work of a blacksmith, but even take a master class and join the blacksmithing art. Or master, for example, pottery or straw weaving. Themed events are held on the territory of the park, there is an entertainment program for children, so young guests will definitely not be bored.
And just 30 minutes from Kabardinka is the hero port city of Novorossiysk, and here you can also visit the unusual, but vividly presenting your city museum — cruiser "Mikhail Kutuzov".
Built in the XX century, the ship is one of the ten best warships in the world and is recognized as a masterpiece of shipbuilding. For half a century of service, he visited both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, and later became a participant in the battles in Syria and Egypt. Now the cruiser museum is open to the public. Guests of the city can see firsthand the power of the giant by evaluating its artillery equipment, general military equipment, and the scale of the deck. And, of course, to learn about the unique technical features of the ship.

We will leave Novorossiysk and go in the opposite direction to the sunny resort city of Anapa. There is the only open-air excavation museum in Russia, where tourists are allowed to walk, and the exhibits are not hidden behind glass in inaccessibility. Why exactly in Anapa? Few people know, but it was on the territory of modern Anapa in the 6th century BC that the ancient city of Gorgippia was located. Experienced guides conduct excursions through its excavations, telling and clearly showing what the local population was doing and what kind of life they led. For example, it is obvious from the finds that the city of Gorgippia was quite developed. For example, there was a system of drains in it, and local residents mainly earned by winemaking. A walk through the "open" museum can become a unique experience and diversify the southern adventures of tourists.

But not only "natural" museums attract guests from all over the country — non-standard modern complexes and house-museums also have something to surprise guests with.
The museum in Abrau-Durso deserves special attention, as it is dedicated to the main drink of local winemaking — the sparkling champagne of the same name.
The museum is located right at the existing sparkling wine factory, where you can go on an excursion with a mandatory tasting in the old Golitsyn cellars. The museum is steeped in history, and the factory is one of the few in the world where the manual stages of the production of an aristocratic drink have still been preserved. By the way, Abrau-Durso itself is worth staying here for a couple of days. Magnificent landscapes, the opportunity to ride on the mysterious Round Lake with its interesting history, living in a beautiful estate and horseback riding-all this awaits the guests of the picturesque village.

And fans of biographical museums, very personal and filled with the memories of contemporaries, will surely appreciate a large number of unique museum houses that have preserved the spirit of the former residents. For example, only in Sochi alone you can visit two houses-museums of great personalities of their eras — "Stalin's Dacha" and "The House of Nikolai Ostrovsky".

The first one has kept all the rooms of the leader intact, as if the owners just went out for a short time, so visitors have the opportunity to wander through the ascetic interiors, look into the office or billiard room, listen to the secrets and riddles that Stalin's dacha still conceals.

And the second museum is located in the house where the great Russian writer Nikolai Ostrovsky lived in the last years before his death. The house unites, as it were, two museums under one roof — the furniture with interior and household items in which the writer lived and worked, and the literary museum itself, dedicated to the work of the author of the work "How steel was tempered" and the history of the development of literary life in Sochi.

Connoisseurs of debatable contemporary art will be interested in visiting the Prima-Yug art gallery in Novorossiysk. It is not for nothing that it is recognized as the "richest" in the South of Russia. Not only the works of local artists and artists of Russia are presented here, but the gallery also owns a valuable collection of works of Soviet fine art. By the way, the art gallery also performs the tasks of personal search and selection of paintings for customers who want to buy something unique.
The Museum of Sports Glory in Sochi should also not be overlooked by those who gravitate to modern expositions and the history of their country.
The complex presents more than 300 exhibits that tell the story of the ascent of Soviet and Russian sports. There is also a separate extensive exhibition dedicated to the 2014 Olympics. It presents the originals of the Olympic champions ' shells, interactive installations and even the costumes of the stars who had the honor to participate in the flag transfer ceremony in Vancouver.

And perhaps the most unusual museum of the Kuban completes our selection — the "White Horse" in the Blue Bay of Gelendzhik. It would seem that the gallery represents the modern art that is already familiar to us, but not everything is so simple. All the exhibits are made of materials that are considered to be garbage. Each of them is unique and carries its own philosophy. By the way, many works are valued in millions and go to exhibitions around the world or are purchased as a gift. It is definitely worth visiting the gallery also for the reason that it is located in close proximity to the sea, which means that you can combine business with pleasure: walk through the open and closed spaces of the gallery, breathe in the purest air in the shade of the Pitsunda pines and swim and sunbathe from the heart.
Recreation is not always just about the beach. Especially when you are on the colorful Kuban land. And if you weave non-standard impressions from visiting the above-mentioned museums into the standard plan of sea entertainment, then the vacation will only benefit from this. It is checked!