The program is devoted to the history of the Russian state development during the 16th-17th centuries. The events occurred at the turn of the 17th century got the name of “Time of Troubles” following the example of contemporaries. These hard times affected all aspects of Russian life – economy, governance, domestic and foreign policies, ideology and morality. We will show you a little of how the people lived in those tough times.
Exhibition areas will present to the audience handicrafts and games of the 16th-17th centuries. You will be able to try yourself as a medieval artisan. Cheerful and interesting games will not allow our guests of all ages to stay indifferent.
The troops of streltsy (Russian guardsmen from the 16th to the early 18th centuries) will demonstrate its training and skills in matchlock guns handling. The guests will see the appearance of the warriors who defeated the Polish intervention in the 17th century and defended the independence of our state during this tough time of the historical development.
1. Theoretical part “The judgment of tsar” (guests take part). A general acquaintance with the museum in the “Torture chamber” room. Guests are met by the strelets, who tells about the history of “Time of Troubles”. This part includes games “Guess an item” or “Dress the strelets”. The strelets tells a short story in the context of the exposition. Duration 15 minutes.
2. Photography of museum showpieces and art objects. Tour over the exposition. Guests may use costumes and armour in order to take photos in appropriate surroundings. Duration 15 minutes.
3. Theoretical part — duration 30 minutes.
4. Active part — duration 30 minutes.
Tour price is 16 000 roubles. The maximum group size is 25 people. Programme duration is 1 hour 20 minutes (it is possible to increase the programme duration by virtue of an additional part)
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Workshop “Straw and fabric toys production”
Nikolai Tseretelli, the researcher of the Russian peasant toys, noted that from the end of 19th till the beginning of the 20th century straw dolls had been made anywhere in Russia, where bread was cultivated. Adults were making these toys for their children as amulets. Such dolls had no faces and consequently they were considered as inanimate and inaccessible for the evil spirits and that is why they were harmless for a child. Along with that, the basic meaning of a straw doll is game, entertainment, amusement not only for children but also for adults. The dolls made of straw are called “strigushki” (from Russian “стричь” – “to cut”) because the bunch of straw, used for a doll, is accurately cut along the bottom.
We've transformed a usual tour at "the Time of Troubles" exposition into an exciting adventuruous puzzle. A team has to escape from the torture chamber of the Secret Investigation Department (the first special service of Moscovia).
Workshop “Cannon charging and firing”
Cannon preparing, charging and firing. Cannons fire pyrotechnic charges; shots are fired directly by an animator. Firing is conducted in competitive form.
Workshop “Bardiches (Russian long pole axes) and spears fight; marching drill with rifles”
Guests will take part in the marching drill of tsar’s streltsy. They will also learn how to hold muskets and how to properly jab with pikes.
The part of active ethnographic (optimized) games
Folk games of the end of the 19th century are odd for us and might seem cruel. We have modified the rules of some games taking in account the perception of modern people, but some games are left unchanged and played as it did 200 years ago.
“Tsardom of Muscovy” music
Guests will discover the world of ancient music. They would love to listen to the stories about the origin of some or other instruments and different ways of playing the instrument. After that, they will be able to put their knowledge and skills into action.
The “Petrushka” puppet theatre. Original program of the end of the 19th century
The Petrushka character is a synonym of festive freedom, easiness and joyful sense of life. Petrushka’s words and acting opposed accepted norms of behavior and morality. The puppetman’s improvisations were always the topic of the day: they included sharp insinuations against merchants, landlords, and authorities. The performance was accompanied by music bridges, sometimes parodic, for example, the demonstration of the funeral accompanied by a Russian traditional folk dance Kamarinskaya (see the chrestomathy “Petrushka alias Vanka-Ratatuj”).
In this workshop guests will sew leathern purses which were used by streltsy in previous centuries. The guests may take these purses home as souvenirs. The visitors of the museum will get an overview of the skinner’s work in the Tsardom of Muscovy.
The workshop is devoted to the Old Russian calligraphy and semi-uncial lettering.
With the introduction of printing, the type font for Russian-Slavonic books was casted following the form of semi-uncial lettering. For example, the first Russian printers Ivan Fyodorov and Pyotr Mstislavets used this font for their first book “Apostole” which was printed in 1564. Russian semi-uncial font was used in church and secular printed books until 1708, when Peter I issued a decree on the introduction of a new civil alphabet for secular books. The old church font remained used only in ecclesiastic books.
Workshop “Painting on wooden/clay toys/dishes”
This workshop is suited for visitors of all ages. By the techniques, which have been used for 300 years, the guests will be able to paint on clay or wooden toys or dishes.
Workshop “Production of clay toys/dishes”
Out pottery workshop reproduces the process of working with clay, as it was back in the 17th century. Anyone who wishes to do so will be able to acquire the secrets of the crockery production. As for children, they might be interested in toy modeling.
The combat show performed by streltsy
The combat show includes the elements of combat formations, harquebuses and muskets firing, cannons charging and firing. The elements of hand-to-hand combats involving the use of sabres and bardiches (long pole axes).
Old Russian musician
The performance of the folk music group. Musicians play the folk instruments: zhaleyka (Russian wind instrument), flutes, bouzouki (Greek string instrument), balalaikas.
During this workshop, the guests will learn ethnographical folk dances of the 19th century. The workshop is accompanied by the phonogram.
The streltsy field camp
Visitors will be able to access the impressive tent of the tsar and simple tents of warriors, the voivode equipment and the weapon rack. Moreover, guests will have a chance to settle themselves in the men-at-arms tent on the camp territory. The costumes are rental and the catering service is available
The cavalry show
The cavalry show is organized in accordance with the reenacted epoch and includes stunts on horseback, elements of acrobatics and horse acrobatics.
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