Northern Maritime Museum sent polar station to Norilsk

Northern Maritime Museum sent polar station to Norilsk

April 11, 2022

The exhibition will open at the Norilsk Museum in May, on the Museum Night.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Arhangelsk mobile exposition – Territory of the brave. A Year at the Polar Station – reproduces the life of winterers in the middle of the last century and is dedicated to the ice drift of the North Pole-1 station.

The exhibition at the Museum of Norilsk was the first initiative of its director Natalya Fedyanina, who took part in the meeting of the Arctic Museums Section.

Created a year ago under the auspices of the Russia Museums Union, the section held its first online meeting. There are more than 100 Arctic museums in Russia.

The museum workers were inspired to create the Territory of the Brave exhibition by the world’s first polar drift of the North Pole-1 station under the Arctic admiral Ivan Papanin’s leadership.

During the drift, which began on May 21, 1937, in nine months the station sailed 2 500 kilometers on ice floes, transferring polar explorers from the point of the pole to the Greenland shores. In 2013, May 21 became a professional holiday in Russia – the Polar Explorer’s Day.

The exhibition shows several episodes of polar explorers wintering in the 1950s-1960s. The interior of the house is the station in miniature. Its walls, floor, ceiling, electrical wiring, visual materials were reconstructed according to the documents of 1956 and the memories of the polar explorers themselves.

At the exhibition, you can take readings of working meteorological instruments and make your own forecast, understand the structure of the radio station and take pictures against the backdrop of the northern lights and drifting ice.

According to the Norilsk Museum, the exhibition left on an icebreaker along the Northern Sea Route on April 6. The Territory of the Brave will open on the Museum Night, which in 2022 is timed to coincide with the Polar Explorer Day.

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April 11, 2022

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