The Kalashnikov Museum and Exhibition Complex of Small Arms was founded in 2004. From the day of its foundation it became the main sight of Izhevsk, the capital of the Udmurt Republic and the City of Armourers with a 200-year history.
The museum was rightly named after Mikhail Kalashnikov. It was in Izhevsk that the legendary AK-47, the most popular weapon of the present day, began to be mass-produced. The design team of Izhevsk Machine-Building Factory gave birth to five generations of AK weapons. Mikhail Kalashnikov lived here most of his life and became an honorary citizen of Izhevsk and the Udmurt Republic. Mikhail Kalashnikov, Gennadiy Nikonov, Evgeniy Dragunov and Vladimir Yarygin make up a group of renowned Izhevsk weapon designers that made our city famous all over the globe.
The main exhibition of the museum tells about the history of our country and weapon production, shows new samples of guns. All exhibition halls are equipped with multimedia facilities. In our demonstration halls (firearms, air gun and archery ranges) there is a variety of historic and modern weapons to try.
The Kalashnikov Museum and Exhibition Complex of Small Arms annually receives more than 160 thousand visitors of different ages and nationalities.