M.T. Kalashnikov Museum and Exhibition Small Arms Complex



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The new exhibition “Museum Rarities” presenting rare weapons samples from two closed collections opened on July, 23 in the Kalashnikov Museum and Exhibition Complex of Small Arms.

Vintage items and historic guns get into a museum in various ways. Sometimes they come as part of a full-fledged collection from other museums or private collectors. Sometimes these are successful findings of museum workers or a gift from descendants of a famous personality. It also happens that people bringing antiquities to the museum have nothing to do with the items. Antiquities change hands, lose parts or acquire something new, eventually becoming true rarities. They possess the strongest energy and charm of mystery.

The exhibition “Museum Rarities” united in the museum cultural space rarely presented unique exhibits from the main funds of the Kalashnikov Museum and Exhibition Complex of Small Arms as well as the ones under temporary storage, samples reconstructed by the museum specialists of the Sarapul History, Architecture and Art Museum-Preserve.

The exhibition presents the bullet from the Borodino Field and the signal cannon from a Kama merchant steamer, a bayonet from the French rifle mod. 1812 and a knife of a German Marine officer mod. 1901. In a separate show-case one can see fascinating souvenirs given to M.T. Kalashnikov during his numerous trips abroad: a boomerang and a spiked mace, Chinese nunchaku and an Afghan dagger chura. There are also quite “peaceful” exhibits: a pair of male and female bracelets (Germany, 1914) and an amazing camera “Photosniper-3” (USSR, 1965).

The exhibition will work until September, 10.