February 9, 1872 followed by the highest assent to the installation of the museum with the appropriation name of the heir of the crown prince, Grand Duke Alexander Alexandrovich, the future Emperor Alexander III. Since then, this date is considered as a day of the foundation of the future State Historical Museum. Today the State Historical Museum is one of the largest museums in the world and the largest historical museum in Russia. Its complex includes the Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed with a monument to Minin and Pozharsky, the Chamber of boyars of Romanov on Varvarka, the Museum of the Patriotic War of 1812, an exhibition complex on the Revolution Square, a complex of restoration workshops in Izmailovo.
The funds of the Historical Museum store more than 5 million exhibits and about 15 million sheets of documentary materials.
On the eve of this memorable date the museum with the participation of the Union of Photo Artists of Russia prepared an exhibition of photographs illustrated his life in 1876-2015. – from the beginning of construction to our days. Generations of masters filmed it in different historical epochs. In many photographs, the museum is captured not only against the background of the most important events in Russian history – coronation celebrations, religious festivities, military parades, demonstrations and rallies, but and in everyday life.
The exhibition presents photographs of the pre-revolutionary period, the work of prominent masters of Soviet photography: Eugene Chaldea, Alexander Ustinov, Ivan Shagin, Mark Markov-Grinberg, Eugene Umnov. For the first time visitors will be presented with little known and rare photographs of the late XIX – early XX century, the 1920s, photo-sessions of 1937, 1939, 1941-1945, 1957, 1997, which captured important events in the life of the museum.