Vladimir Museum of Crystal in the Church of the Holy Trinity

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The Crystal Museum is one of the best price / quality museums in Vladimir. For very little money, you can get acquainted with the art crafts of the provincial cities of the Vladimir region without going outside the historical center of Vladimir.

History museum

Exhibition “Crystal. Lacquer miniature. Embroidery ”was organized in 1974 in the framework of the Vladimir-Suzdal Museum-Reserve, combining the main historical, architectural sights and art crafts of the former Vladimir province. Now the Crystal Museum has become one of the dozens of objects of the united museum-reserve, as the main focus of its activities were selected crafts, which were developed on the territory of Vladimir land.

The building of the Old Believer Church of the Holy Trinity, erected at the beginning of the 20th century in the pseudo-Russian style for the anniversary of the Romanov dynasty, was chosen to host the exhibition. Until 1928, divine services were still held in the temple, after which it was closed, and warehouses and a women's hostel were successively located in its premises. In the 60s, the local authorities intended to demolish the church, but the public managed to defend it. After the restoration of the building, it was decided to transfer it to the balance of the Vladimir-Suzdal Museum of the Reserve, which in 1974 placed an exhibition of art crafts from the Vladimir region here.

Crystal Museum Exposition

The museum consists of several expositions. On the ground floor there is an exhibition of crystal and glass. The design of the hall was proposed by the Moscow artist L. Ozernikov, according to his plan, the exhibition is a crystal river from the appearance of crystal craft in the Vladimir region to the present day. Therefore, the predominant colors of the exhibits are blue and gray-blue. The works of contemporary glass blowers are located in the center of the exposition in the form of a multifaceted pyramid, the works of masters of the past are placed on the sides.

Most of the items on display were made in Gus-Khrustalny, among others there are works made by the craftsmen of the Maltsov factory back in the 18th century.

The second part of the exposition is the exhibition of the Mstyora lacquer miniature, located on the second floor. Despite the youth of folk craft that appeared after the revolution, the roots of the Mstyora miniature go back to ancient times. Icon painting originated in Mstyora at the end of the 17th century, the first members of the artels of Mstyora painters were former icon painters, who kept the tradition of folk craft for more than 250 years.

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Also in the room of the church choirs on the second floor there is an exposition of Mstyora lace, which originates from the 17th century.

A distinctive feature of the master's embroidery is the absence of the front side and the inside, so it looks equally beautiful on both sides.

Vegetable patterns and two main directions are characteristic of the master's embroidery:

  • “Vladimir seam” - embroidery with large red stitches;
  • white surface - embroidery is done with white thread on a white canvas.

In the basement of the church there is another 1 hall of the museum - an exposition stylized as a crystal glassware store of the late 19th century. There were once Nechaev-Maltsov branded stores in both capitals. This hall also serves as a souvenir shop - here you can buy branded products made of crystal and glass produced by a factory in the city of Gus-Khrustalny.

Museum work schedule: 11: 00 - 19: 00 (Monday, Wednesday - Sunday). The museum is closed on Tuesdays.

The cost of visiting: 150 RUR for an adult ticket, 75 RUR for pensioners, students and students from 16 years. For children under 16 years, admission is free.

How to get to the museum

The museum is located in the very center of Vladimir, next to the Golden Gate, one of the main attractions of the city. Very close to the museum is the Golden Gate public transport stop. Due to the peculiarities of urban development, more than half of public transport routes run through this place. You can get to the museum:

  • on buses No.1с, No.6с, No.12с, No.15, No.17, No.22с, No.25, No.26, No.27, No.28;
  • on trolleybuses No. 1, No. 2, No. 5, No. 7, No. 8;
  • on fixed-route taxis No. 2 and No. 36;
  • on suburban buses No. 116, No. 152, No. 158, No. 163, No. 164, No. 169.

The Crystal Museum is located at: Vladimir, st. Noble, d. 2.

When traveling by private car from Moscow, after entering the city, you must keep to Lenin Avenue, passing into the street. Noble. You need to move to the very beginning of the street, the landmark for the stop is the Golden Gate. At the entrance from the side of Nizhny Novgorod, you need to move along Dobroselskaya Street, which sequentially goes into Bolshaya Nizhny Novgorod and then into Bolshaya Moskovskaya.

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In the place where Bolshaya Moskovskaya Street passes into Dvoryanskaya Street, the Golden Gate and the museum itself are located. When driving from Vladimir bypass, at the Baigushi intersection, turn to Vladimir, move along Sudogodskoye Highway, which crosses the Klyazma River and passes into Muromskaya Street. At the intersection with Bolshaya Moskovskaya Street you need to turn left and move to the Golden Gate.