The unique photographic museum of Ural exposes a century and a half of development of the photography in Yekaterinburg. The origins of the museum owes to photographer V.L. Metenkov. Veniamin Leontyevich Metenkov (1859-1933) is wel-known in the Urals photographer-artist, member of the Russian geographical society and the Ural society of natural science lovers, participant of international, all-Russian and Ural exhibitions, author of albums views of Ural, Ekaterinburg and others.
Due to Metenkov's work, you can see the appearance of many non-preserved buildings of the Ural capital. Apartment of photographer, studio and shop were located in this house. The photographic museum «Metenkov's House» was opened on August 10, 1998. «Making invisible thread of times», museum collection covers a century and a half of development of the photography in Ekaterinburg: the earliest photos, not counting the daguerreotype, dates from 1863 year, and the late — 1999. The main topics of the exposition is the history of the city and the country's history through the eyes of photographers, in a variety of photographic styles and genres.
If to collect all, captured in photographs by this outstanding Urals photographer, you get amazing completeness and variety of photo chronicle of Ural mountains that form a unique image of the epoch. One of the halls of the museum recreates the atmosphere of the old photographic Studio. Every month two or three exhibitions of contemporary photographers are replaced in the exhibition halls of the museum.
Since 2005, the museum of Metenkov conducts photocross — creative competitions among amateurs. Virtual version of exhibitions is published at the museum's website.