Since 1970, when the memorial was officially opened, and to the present day, the Lenin memorial is the best known place in Ulyanovsk. Over these years, more than 20 million people have visited the memorial, including foreign tourists.
The Lenin memorial includes the building of the memorial center itself, the house where Vladimir Ulyanov (Lenin) was born, the apartment-museum of Vladimir Lenin, and the house-museum of the Ulyanov family. The memorial is dedicated not only to the life and work of the leader of the world proletariat, but also of the history of the Russian revolutions of the early 20th century.
The idea to commemorate Lenin's life by creating a memorial in Ulyanovsk first appeared in the Izvestia newspaper on February 7, 1924. However, the memorial itself was not built until preparations had begun for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Lenin's birth. The facility was designed in 1967 by the Central Scientific and Research Institute of Experimental Architectural Design of Entertainment and Sports Facilities (TsNIIEP). The authors planned for it to be a multi-functional building: a museum as well as a place for education and entertainment.
The Central Committee of the VLKSM (All-Union Leninist Young Communist League) declared this a top-priority construction site. People from all over the country and representatives of more than 30 nationalities worked on creating the Lenin memorial. Along with USSR citizens, youth from all countries of the Socialist commonwealth participated in the construction project: Bulgaria, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Democratic Republic of Vietnam, German Democratic Republic, Hungary, Mongolia, Poland, and Romania,. On the April 16, 1970, the Lenin memorial was officially inaugurated in the presence of L.I. Brezhnev, the Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Communist Party.
The total surface area of the memorial's exhibition halls is over 3,000 square meters. More than 4,000 items are on display, of which 70% are originals. The holdings and the scientific library of the museum contain over 100,000 depository items, including the collections of lifetime editions of Vladimir Lenin's works, illegal and prohibited literature, satirical magazines, and gifts to the leader of the world proletariat from all over the world. The museum also displays numismatic and phaleristic collections, paintings, posters, sculptures, and works of applied and decorative arts.
The memorial center includes exhibition halls, an art gallery, library, concert hall, socio-political center, winter garden, and cinema and conference halls. The video library of the museum comprises over 300 documentary films.
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