The Suzun Factory and Mint Museum is the newest branch of the Novosibirsk State Regional History Museum. It is located 180 kilometers away fr om the city of Novosibirsk in the old village of Suzun. In 1764, the Nizhne-Suzunsky copper smelting plant and mint were built here. Fr om 1766 to 1781, the «osoblivaya» (particular) Siberian coin was minted here.
The Suzun copper smelting plant was complex mining and smelting enterprise that smelted copper, silver, lead, and zinc. It also had its own iron foundry and works.
The famous Nikolsaya Fair, with a turnover of up to 475,000 rubles (in 1861 denomination), was held here. Merchants fr om the European part of Russia, as well as from Bukhara, China, and Persia came to Suzun for the fair. In the 19th century, Suzun became a center of icon painting in the Novosibirsk area.
Thanks to the mint and the foundry, what is now Novosibirskaya Oblast acquired its first industrial enterprises wh ere innovative engineering technologies were implemented, as well as regular planning in construction, multi-story buildings, mining workers, and technical intelligentsia.
The exhibits in the museum display authentic items and share the history of the factory with the audience. It is equipped with special interactive zones, wh ere each visitor can feel history come alive in person and see what it was like to be a worker or clerk in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Mint displays full-scale functioning shop floor coinage machines and mechanisms. The exhibition describes the process of making a coin, from cutting the planchet to the transferring the coin pattern onto the planchet. In the Mint Storeroom, a rich numismatic collection from the museum's reserves is on display. A reconstructed water trough with a functioning waterwheel flows adjoins the building.
The «Manager's Home and Office» exhibit showcases the premises of the mining engineer and famous 19th-century writer A. Cherkasov: his study, the dining room and kitchen (filled with wooden furniture manufactured in Suzun), and the drawing room, wh ere visitors can stand at the drafting desk and try to write a petition using goose-quill and ink.
The copper smelting exhibit tells the story of one of the factory shop buildings that was part of a huge industrial unit in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The central showpieces of the museum are the reconstructed Spleissofen melting furnace, a scaled model of the town of Suzun in the late 18th century, and a functioning model of one of the factory's machines, a stamping mill.
Ministry of Economic Development of Novosibirsk Oblast / econom.nso.ru
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