Irkutsk

Founded in the mid-17th century as a winter quarters for traders and tax collectors, Irkutsk came to prominence in the 1800s. Participants in the Decembrist revolt against Tsar Nicholas I were exiled to Siberia in droves, turning Irkutsk into their cultural center. Today, it’s one of Siberia’s biggest and most important cities, with over half a million people, many universities, many historic churches and museums, and beautiful Lake Baikal, just about an hour away by train.

Irkutsk Regional Memorial Decembrists Museum, Volkonsky House

Irkutsk Decembrists museum, founded in 1970, includes Sergey Volkonsky’s and Sergey Trubetskoy’s homesteads. Authentic items of the Decembrist families are represented in the historical interiors of the houses. Volkonsky house was built in 1838 in the style of classical noble mansions, with elements of Siberian wooden architecture. The homestead consists of servants house, stable, carriage...

Gallery of V. Bronshteyn

Viktor Bronshteyn’s Gallery is the largest gallery in Siberia. You can see the fine art paintings, graphic and sculptural works of not only Siberian artists, but also authors from different regions of Russia and other countries. Permanent exhibition of the well-known artist Dashi Namdakov is the pride of the collection. You can see the unique sculpture “Bird and Tiger” presented in the...