Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics in Kaluga
The Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics (Russian: Государственный музей истории космонавтики имени К.Э.Циолковского) is the first museum in the world dedicated to the history of space exploration. It was opened on 3 October 1967 in Kaluga, and is named after Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, a school master and rocket science pioneer who lived most of his life in this city. The driving force behind the creation of the museum was Sergei Korolyov, chief designer of RKK Energiya. The building was designed by Boris Barkhin, Evgeny Kireev, Nataliya Orlova, Valentin Strogy and Kirill Fomin, and the cornerstone was laid by Yuri Gagarin on 13 June 1961. The museum has over 100,000 visitors per year and has 127 employees, of whom 43 are curators.
The exposition of the museum consists of two parts. The first part is dedicated to the ideas and research of Tsiolkovsky, and shows a model of the rocket designed by Tsiolkovsky as well as copies of his scientific work. The second part contains mock-ups of space craft like Sputnik 1 and samples of moon dust. Just outside the museum is a rocket park, which contains amongst others a R-7 rocket.
In the outskirts of Kaluga is the wooden house in which Tsiolkovsky lived. In 1936, one year after his death, this house was turned into a memorial house museum and is now part of the museum organization.
The museum also incorporates a scientific effort to study the life and works of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. The Annual Tsiolkovsky Readings and Conference is organized by the museum.
And well done that connected the 3D tour!
Was here in December 2015, and here was renovated, it was very interesting how it will all look like on the inside - and that while in Moscow, I saw this Museum hundreds of miles away.
When summer comes coming fishing on the Oka and don't miss the opportunity to visit this Museum!
The Museum is excellent, I recommend! Despite the small room, the exposure of spacecraft large. Unfortunately, by the time of the visit the outdoor exhibition was closed. But the Museum is worth to visit.
Was already twice! and I want! and all friends asking to take them there, and conduct tour..
Very glad that the Museum is expanding, after the updates are sure to come!
This is the only place in Kaluga, where do I want to come back here again and again!
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