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The museum-preserve “Tomskaya Pisanitsa”

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You can visit this sight on tour:

  • Excursion-ethnographical tour – “Siberian Hospitality”
  • Tour «Snow Lines Of Siberia»
  • Tour «Welcome To Siberia!»
  • Tour «Winter Fishing In Siberia»
  • Tour «Siberian Snowmobile Tour»
  • Tomskaya Pisanitsa is the first Siberian monument of Rock Art which became the museum. It is a unique monument of history and culture of Eurasia. Nearly 300 drawings are well-known from the Tomskaya Pisanitsa.

    Tomskaya Pisanitsa appeared at the end of the Neolithic age, IV-III thousand years BC it served as a sanctuary before I millennium BC. Subjects of Tomskaya Pisanitsa are elks, holy birds, and a bear. In the bronze age (П-I thousand years BC) solar signs, boats, guises, and bird men appeared.

    Historical cultural and natural museum-preserve “Tomskaya Pisanitsa” was founded in 1988. The base of museum is the rock with ancient drawings. In Siberia the rocks and stones with ancient drawings have name “pisanitsa”. Pisanitsa is hand writing. The drawings of the pisanitsa were made with stone. They were knocked out with light hits. The museum-preserve is situated on the right bank of the Tom River. That is why it is named Tomskaya Pisanitsa.

    Rock Art is a large part of the world history, culture and art. It reflects outlook of our ancestors. Nowadays many monuments of Rock Art are known in the world. Many of them became the museums. However in Russia Tomskaya Pisanitsa is the first museum of Rock Art. The majority of the images of the Tomskaya Pisanitsa dates from the aeneolithic period and Bronze Age, III-II millennium B.C. Nowadays museum consists of the several archaeological and ethnographical expositions in the open air.

    The museum-preserve is the State institute sponsored by the Department for Culture and National policy of Kemerovo Region. Head office of museum-preserve is located in Kemerovo. The museum is young, but for 20 years it became the real museum of the XXI century. It is a brand of Kuzbass!

    The aims of museum are: providing with varied means of access to its collections, including visual displays, publications and others; providing with interpretive information in formats appropriate for visitors with limited sight or hearing. Also the museum is targeted the new services for its visitors. For example plan to build the hotel near the museum-preserve.

    They also advise on loans and acquisitions and help to organize exhibitions. (The exhibits are divided between curators according to material and also by period.) Exhibitions department organizes and mounts exhibitions, plans and co-ordinates exhibition programmers.

    The museum occupies the square of 140 hectares of woodland park. In this museum folklore pagan and orthodox holidays are set every year. Last year Tomskaya Pisanitsa got a status of official residence of Father Frost. The plan is to make the museum an all-year-round tourism and museum-service zone including the hotel, traditional Siberian houses, parking lots supermarket, the ground for historical performances and so on.

    The exposition named “The ancient Sanctuary “Tomskaya Pisanitsa” is the basis of museum. This is a unique memorial of petroglyphic art, culture and history. There’s about 280 drawings (petroglyphs) which date to the late Stone Age and the Bronze Age. The elk drawings make up the major part of exposition, because especially they were the objects of hunt, the bear and elks were the heroes of the so-called “feral epos”. So these animals turned to the objects of worship. The symbol of Tomskaya Pisanitsa is the owl.

    Site of KTomskaya Pisanitsa - www.gukmztp.ru

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