Ulyanovsk today is the administrative center of the Ulyanovsk region of the Russian Federation, a large industrial and important cultural center of the Volga region. The city is located on the shore of the Kuibyshev reservoir, 893 kilometers southeast of Moscow. The population is about 700 thousand people.
Ulyanovsk is also a major center for machinery manufacturing and metal working with the following plants: automobile «UAZ», electrotechnical «Kontaktor», «Avtozapchast», hydraulic equipment, aircraft building. There are also a knitting factory, house-building plants, enterprises for the production of construction materials and food products.
In Ulyanovsk, the classical buildings of the male gymnasium are preserved, in which and adolescent (1786), the Public Offices (1807), the Nobility Assembly (1838-1847), and others.
Ulyanovsk is the birthplace of the writers I. A. Goncharov and D.V. Grigorovich, the poet N.M. Yazykov; here, in the family of the inspector of national schools of Simbirsk province I. N. Ulyanov V.I. Ulyanov (Lenin) was born and spent his childhood and adolescent and adolescent years.
The city has a drama theater and a puppet theater, a philharmonic society. There are museums of the State Historical and Memorial Museum-Reserve «Motherland of V.I. Lenin», museum of local lore, literary museum «The House of Yazykovs», art museum with branches «Plastov Gallery» and «XX Century Art», as well as museum of the history of Civil Aviation.
Currently, a new tourist cluster is being built in Ulyanovsk; in 2012, the children's interactive entertaining and teaching complex «Kolobok Manor» was opened in the region.
Every year there are various events, for example, the festival of living history and historical reconstruction «Volga Way», International Cultural Forum, International Museum Festival.