The museum in Vladimir Central was opened in July 1997 and became one of the first museums in the Russian prison. This historical exposition locates directly within the walls of the prison not outside of them. The museum was created in order to tell about the history of the prison — Vladimir Central prison and other prisons in particular.
The museum occupies two former chambers, windows are closed. In the corridor leading to the museum there are samples of prison art: drawings, posters, paintings, landscapes, portraits, temples and monasteries, copies of famous paintings. The inspection includes only items that are inside the museum.
A lot of interesting documents and exhibits, a variety of materials from local archives (photographs, documents), personal items of prisoners and crafts that reflect the history of the prison from the late 18th century to the present are collected here. Work on finding documents for the museum was carried out for a long time: archives of the prison and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, something that was managed to find in the State Library named after Lenin and other organizations were thoroughly studied. The scope of this work can be valued even by the fact that a number of documents came to Vladimir from USA, from relatives of the American spy-pilot Pauers, who was prisoned here in the early 60-ies of XX century. One of the distinguishing features of Vladimir Central is that the convict, who crossed the threshold of the prison, does not come to the ground during all his imprisonment. Buildings are interconnected with air passages. In such circumstances, the actress Zoya Fyodorova, folk singer Ruslanova were committed.
You will not see in the museum any items related to the customs of prisoners, with their prison jargon and life on the concepts.
But in order to come to the museum in Vladimir Central, unlike common museums, you should submit a preliminary application and go through the approval procedure.
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