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TsAGI participates in “The Night of Arts” event for the first time

11 November 2019

TsAGI’s Scientific Memorial Museum for the first time joined the annual All-Russian event the Night of Arts. The event took place early in November and was attended by General Director of the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute named after Professor N.E. Zhukovsky (part of the National Research Center Zhukovsky Institute NRC), Corresponding Member of RAS, Kirill Sypalo, the representatives of the Ministry of Culture, Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics in Kaluga, and Cosmonautics Museums Association of the Russian Federation.

The program of the Night included an interior tour of the museum complex and a lecture on the key milestones of domestic aviation science. Guests witnessed the highlights of the exhibition, recognized as the monuments of technical history. They included the original glider of Otto Lilienthal, obtained by N.E. Zhukovsky during his trip to Germany back in 1895, a model of Ilya Muromets airplane designed by I.I. Sikorsky, a two-dimensional wind-tunnel designed by A.N. Tupolev (1909), and a solar course direction indicator from ANT-25 airplane flown by M.M. Gromov’s crew.

“The museum’s building has a very rich history: Nikolai Egorovich Zhukovsky, the father of the Russian aerodynamics worked there in 1915-1920s. It also saw the start of the careers of many distinguished scientists such as S.A. Chaplygin, A.N. Tupolev, B.S. Stechkin, A.A. Arkhangelsky, B.N. Yuriev and many others. This two-storied mansion in Radio Street was the first premise of TsAGI and it can be rightfully considered to be the birthplace of domestic aviation. Today everyone has a unique opportunity to take a walk around the museum halls, see rare exhibits, feel ‘the breath of time’ and discover something new for themselves in the history of aircraft-building”, said Kirill Sypalo.

The staff members of Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics made a presentation of their own exhibition project “First steps to the sky”, featuring a collection of archive photos and postcards dedicated to aeronautics and aviation at the turn of XIX–XX centuries.

At the event it was announced that TsAGI’s Scientific Memorial Museum was to pass into federal ownership and be transformed into a branch of Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics. The museum will preserve its original name, its re-exhibiting and modernizing is planned in the nearest future and it will enter “the orbit of federal cultural events”. Director of the Museums Department of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Vladislav Kononov has emphasized “Today we all witness the return of one of the most interesting and influential museums into the museum space of the country. I hope that by joining our efforts in 2020 we will be able to make it well-known and popular.”

The museum was originally opened on January 17, 1956 under the regulation by the Council of Ministers of the USSR “On commemoration of N.E. Zhukovsky’s memory and his 100th anniversary”. Zhukovsky’s apprentice, Soviet scientist and aircraft designer, Academician A.N. Tupolev, Academicians S.A. Khristianovich, M.V. Keldysh and Distinguished Cultural Worker of the USSR and Russia N.M. Semenova took an active part in its creation. The building where the Museum is located is a national historic landmark. The exhibition occupies six halls of the cultural institution. The museum collection includes many models of aircraft, helicopters, gliders, first Soviet rockets, “Vostok” spaceship, etc. The significant part of the collection consists of hundreds of thousands of documents, including authentic manuscripts, biographic materials of N.E. Zhukovsky, his private library, furniture and other memorial items.

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