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The history of the museum

In 2008 historical cultural and natural museum-preserve "Tomskaya Pisanitsa" celebrates the 20-year anniversary. This unique museum was founded in accordance with the Resolution of the Council of Ministers of Russian Federation of February 16, 1988. But, so that this solution would take place, efforts of tens of people were required who different years dedicated his life to study and protection of the world famous monument of primitive skill. Rock with the drawings of ancient people on the Tom River was opened on the boundary XVI - XVII centuries. This rock attracted attention of researchers during of hundreds years.

The descriptions of the rock are contained in the works of the well-known scholars and travelers XVII- XIX centuries: Stralenberg, Miller, Spasskiy and many others. In the middle of XX century the Soviet researchers Okladnikov, Martynov, Bobrov, Borodkin, Bigler continued the study of Tomsk petroglyphs.
The completing stage of these long-term investigations is the work of A.P. Okladnikov and A.I. Martynov "The treasures of Tomsk Pisanits" (1972), and also articles in the scientific journals in the USSR and abroad. Science carried out its mission, scientists helped contemporaries to understand the sense of life and the world view of ancient people, but they could not protect this monument from the natural destruction and from the vandals.

The group of scientists, teachers and students-historians under the management of the professor A.I. Martynov became the unique staff on the rescuing of rock. The first restoration of monument was realized because of these people, the famous stairs, which is today main descent to the rock, was built, enlightenment activity among the population to the means of publications in the press, the radio and the telecasts was expanded, the first excursions were organized. In 1968 the territory around the Tomskaya pisanitsa was declared by forbidden zone, and to the middle of the 80th, no one had doubts that the Tomskaya pisanitsa must become the museum. The professional ethnographer Dr. Kimeyev V.M. had headed the young museum-preserve "Tomskaya Pisanitsa".


The bases of the functioning of the museum were placed at that time: the professional collective of adherents was created, conservation zones and general plan of the development of museum complex are affirmed, the survey of locality is carried out and the output of advertising and souvenir product was fixed. The first comprehensive expeditions for staffing of funds and studying the traditional culture of Russian and Shor - indigenous population of Toms Region were carried out; the beginning was established to the formation of the ethnographical expositions of museum "Shor ulus Kezek" and "Russian Siberian village".

From 1989 through 1991 as a result of archaeological expeditions downstream by the river Tom the research assistants of museum discovered new drawings on the rocks. From 1991 to November 2004 dr. Martynova G.S. headed the museum. This period in the history of museum- preserve "Tomskaya Pisanitsa" is marked by the appearance of new expositions, by the organization of scientific conferences and seminars. In 1995 museum-preserve organized international conference on the problems of ancient Rock Art and archaeological complex "arkheodrom" and the museum of the petroglyphs of Asia, which is been the today largest in Russia depository of the collections of the Rock Art of central Asia were opened. In 1996-97 the expositions "Mmythology and epos of Siberian peoples", Slavonic mythology forest" were created and in 2000 exposure complexes "Time and calendars "and" living archaeology" were created.


Since 2004 on the present time the director of the museum-preserve is V.A. Kaplunov. In 2005 the reconstruction of museum-preserve is carried out. In 20 years the museum-preserve became the acknowledged scientific research center and the real smithy of scientific personnel. By permanent scientific consultant and the chief specialist of museum all this time is the academician Anatoliy Martynov - person, who dedicated to Tomskaya Pisanitsa entire his life. By scientific workers who worked in the museum-preserve in the different years were protected 4 candidate theses. A number of monographs and articles is written based on materials of scientific expeditions and experiments of museum.

Museum-preserve "Tomskaya Pisanitsa" today - this is the dynamically developing contemporary multiprofile cultural complex, which successfully combines in itself museum specific character, scientific and in a cultured enlightenment activity. In 20 years, practically from zero, it became the real museum of the XXI century and rightfully is Kuzbass pride. Now the staff of museum consists more than 60 people, who work in the different divisions: funds, excursions and tourism, scientifically-exposure, restoration and building, administrative and operational. Museum- preserve "Tomskaya Pisanitsa" - the favorite place of leisure of inhabitants and guests of the Kuzbass. The politicians, businessmen, the representatives of culture and science who located in the Kuzbass with the business visits attend Tomskaya pisanitsa. In the different years museum were visited by many our famous compatriots and stars of world value, among them: repeated champion of peace of chess Anatoliy Karpov, cosmonaut Aleksey Leonov, singers Dmitriy Khvorostovskiy and Valentina Tolkunova, famous traveller Yuri Senkevich, actor Pierre Richard and many others.



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