URAL ONLINE

Museums and cultural sites open up for themselves a new way of communicating with visitors – virtual tours. The Tourism Development Center presents a selection of online exhibits and excursions, which you can familiarize yourself with without leaving your home.

* You can get acquainted with virtual tours to museums of the Sverdlovsk region by the link!


Yeltsin Center – Foundation «Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center» (Yeltsin Center) is a non-profit organization bearing the name of the first president of Russia. The main task of the Center is to preserve, study and comprehend the historical heritage of Boris Yeltsin in the context of political and social events of the 90s. The center was conceived as a socio-political organization, contributing to the construction of the rule of law, the study and development of the institution of the presidency in Russia. Under the auspices of the Center, there is the Museum of the First President of Russia and an archive of his name. Many of the projects that the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center is implementing today were initiated by the Yeltsin Fund, established in 2000. The area of interest of the Center is wide: support for educational, research, charitable and cultural projects.

Links: Tour Guides, Audio Podcasts


Sverdlovsk Regional Museum of the Local Lore – the largest museum association of the Urals. The museum’s date of birth is December 29, 1870 (January 10, 1871). The main museum expositions, telling about nature, ethnography, history, technology of the Urals, were opened in 2005-2014. Since the 1990s, the museum’s only training center for museum restorers in the Ural region has been operating on the basis of the programs and methods of the State Hermitage Museum. Since 2013, the Center for Innovative Museum Technologies has been operating in the museum’s structure. In November 2017, the Sverdlovsk Regional Museum of Local Lore received a License for educational activities, including training programs for restorers and museum specialists.

Links: Virtual Tour


«Metenkov’s House», the only photographic museum in the Urals, was founded in 1993, when the city administration, listening to the opinions of local historians and historians, abandoned its intention to demolish an old wooden mansion on Karl Liebknecht Street. This mansion before the revolution belonged to photographer Veniamin Leontyevich Metenkov. On August 10, 1998, the «Metenkov’s House», which became a branch of the Museum of the History of Ekaterinburg, officially opened the door for visitors. The basis of his collections at the very beginning was an extensive private collection of Evgeny Mikhailovich Biryukov. The Ural local historian and photographer donated about 10,000 objects to the new museum – equipment, photographs, posters, souvenirs, books, magazines, postcards and much more. Today, the meetings of the «Metenkov’s House» reflect a century and a half of the development of photo art in Ekaterinburg.

Links: Virtual Tour, Video Tours


The Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts is the largest art museum in the Urals. The date of its foundation is considered to be 1936, although the history of collections dates back to the last quarter of the XIX century and is associated with the activities of the Ural Society of Natural History. In subsequent years, the museum collection was replenished with transfers of works from the State Hermitage, the State Tretyakov Gallery, and the State Museum of Fine Arts. Pushkin, revenues from the State Museum Fund, the capital’s purchasing commissions, as well as from private collectors and from artists’ workshops.

Links: Virtual Tour


The United Museum of Writers of the Urals is one of the largest literary museums in Russia. The United Museum of Writers of the Urals was created in 1980 on the basis of several literary and memorial museums. In 1993, the museum acquired the status of a municipal cultural institution. The function of the museum: collecting, processing and studying materials on the history of literature of the Urals.

Links: Virtual Tour, Video Tours


Museum “On the Field” school in Alapaevsk – a one-story building of the Zemstvo school of red brick was built in 1913-1915. Now it is located in the historical quarter of the central part of the city of Alapaevsk, and then, a century ago, the school stood on the outskirts of the city, on the field – hence its name. On May 20, 1918, by order of the Ural Council of Workers’, Soldiers’ and Peasants’ Deputies, the Grand Dukes were brought to Alapaevsk – representatives of the House of Romanov: Grand Duke Sergei Mikhailovich, Grand Duchess Elizaveta Fedorovna, as well as Princes (sons of Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich), John and Konstantin, Igor and Prince Vladimir Pavlovich Paley (son of Grand Prince Pavel Alexandrovich)

Links: Virtual Tour


Nevyansk State Historical and Architectural Museum – opens its exhibition halls for virtual walks. Now the exposition of the Museum of the History of the Nevyansk Territory can be seen at any time.

Links: Virtual Tour


The Nizhny Sinyachikhinsky Museum-Reserve of Wooden Architecture and Folk Art – The Museum was founded on March 9, 1978. The initiator of the creation is the famous Alapaev local historian, collector, chairman of the regional society for the protection of historical and cultural monuments Ivan Danilovich Samoilov (1922-2008). Since the late 60s. under his leadership, in the village of Nizhnyaya Sinyachikha, the efforts of local residents carried out the restoration of the Transfiguration Church, an architectural monument of the XVIII century.

Links: Virtual Tour


Krasnoturyinsky Museum of Local Lore – The first geological museum in Russia for practical purposes. Materials of field work on a general study of the district’s area, work on special surveys, exploration work of existing mines and mines were sent here. Samples of rocks and minerals, their sections were stored in mineralogical cabinets, and cartographic materials and results of research of samples were stored in a special archival (fireproof) room. Here the directions of further searches and explorations of minerals were formed.

Links: Virtual Tour


«Gornozavodskoy Ural» Nizhny Tagil Museum-Reserve – Nowadays, the «Gornozavodskoy Ural» Museum Reserve is a multidisciplinary research and educational institution with a complex structure. His activities are carried out in the historical, natural science, artistic, literary and technical fields.

Links: Virtual Tour


State Center for Contemporary Art – The Ural branch of the State Center for Contemporary Arts appeared in Ekaterinburg in 1999 and became the first city institution in the field of contemporary art. In 2005-2011 the center published ZAART magazine, which became the archive and annals of Ural art of the 2000s. At the same time, a collection of “video art” of the Ural-Siberian region was formed and published. In 2007, the branch initiated the first Museum Night in Yekaterinburg.

Links: Lectures, Live Broadcasts, Courses


The Kamensk-Uralsky Exhibition Hall is a platform where dozens of temporary exhibitions are held annually in the field of contemporary and classical art. At the exhibition there are works of painting, graphics, sculpture and arts and crafts. The exhibition hall is a regular participant in the all-Russian actions “Museum Night” and “Art Night”. The gallery also acts as an educational platform. Lectures and master classes are held in the Exhibition Hall.

Links: Virtual Tour


«МООЕ» is a science-art project about the Ural Ocean and the Great Perm Sea that existed on the territory of the Urals in the Paleozoic era. The exhibition project «МООЕ» allows viewers to plunge into a very ancient period of the Earth’s development (from its birth until the end of the Paleozoic). Few artists have addressed to this topic, despite the significance of the events taking place at that time; perhaps because these events took place long before the history of mankind and even earlier than the history of charming giant dinosaurs

Links: Video Tours


Ural, hello! – Excursion programs and tours in the Urals. For more than five years, in collaboration with a regular partner, tour operator VEDI URAL, a team of professionals has been creating copyright projects: These are daily copyright tours of Yekaterinburg, weekend tours, extreme tours and programs for children’s groups.

Links: Video Tours