The Vologda State Museum-Preserve of History, Architecture and Decorative Arts is one of the largest museums in the North of Russia. The first museum was opened in 1885. Currently, the museum-reserve consists of an ensemble of monuments of the former “Vologodski Kreml” (The Vologda Kremlin) (the building of the Bishops' Court and St. Sophia Cathedral) and several branches across the territory of Vologda.
The museum, with the total area of 9,000 square meters, includes 40 monuments of architecture. Visitors can enjoy displays and exhibitions devoted to art, literature, history and ethnography and natural science. The collection of the museum has about 500 thousand depository items: unique works of ancient Russian painting, graphics, ancient manuscripts, coins, archaeological findings and other items.
More than 60 thousand museum articles are represented in exhibitions; some pieces of museum collection were exhibited in Germany, England, France, the Vatican, Finland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria. More than 80 excursions on different topics, pedestrian and bus excursion routes make up for the basis of expositions and exhibitions of the museum and its branches.
The museum has 9 branches: Memorial Museum of Peter I; Exhibition complex “Vologda on a boundary of XIX-XX centuries” (the house of the merchant Samarin); Batyushkov Memorial Home; Museum "Literature. Art. XX century"; The “World of forgotten things” museum; The Vologda Region Architectural and Ethnographic Museum; Memorial estate of A. Mozhaisky; "Vologda Exile "; Lace Museum.