Historical exhibition

Location: Moscow, Russia
Build Date: 2019
Area: 380 m2
Client: «Russia — My History» historical park
In Moscow at VDNKh there is a multimedia exhibition «Russia — My History». Mostly it consists of projections, screens and other digitalized materials. Visitors really lacked something they could touch. To solve this problem, we created and built 5 rooms, each with a unique game or interesting mechanics.
Trade route from the Varangians to the Greeks
The Romanovs' Instagram
Construction of the Moscow Kremlin
The Romanovs' family tree
Boyars and peasants
On an 8-meter Slavic boat you can reach Novgorod and Constantinople. In the Romanovs' Instagram you can "like" funny stories from the life of Russian emperors. In the "chamber of the boyars / peasant hut" you will need to feed a boyar and a peasant. And in the Moscow Kremlin you will shoot a bow and try yourself in the role of a builder on a "force-meter winch".

Trade route from the Varangians to the Greeks

The installation is dedicated to the trading boat on the "Trade route from the Varangians to the Greeks." On the wall in front of the boat, the map displays various locations ("Novgorod", "The Varangians", "Tsarigrad", "Kiev"). Each action of the players — if they row or pull ropes — changes the virtual location of our boat.

In the boat itself, with the signatures of a Cyrillic alphabet stylized in antiquity, there are various goods that were in demand on the Trade route — weapons, wine, furs, books, jewelry, silver. The task of visitors is to go one of the routes from the Varangians to the Greeks, overcoming a storm and avoiding the raids of nomads.

The Romanovs' family tree

16 interactive portraits of Russian rulers from the Romanov dynasty contain many interesting stories — both from the life of the emperors themselves and from the life of the whole country. To learn all of them, visitors will need to go through a quiz from each Romanov, and therefore it is recommended that you listen and memorize their stories very carefully.

So, for example, Paul I will tell how he became a real knight of the oldest order in the world. The emperor took under his protection the Knights of Malta when Napoleon captured Malta, and soon Paul was elected Grand Master, and the knights presented him with the Maltese crown, in which the emperor was often depicted in ceremonial portraits.
And by decree of Alexander III in 1891, the construction of the world’s longest railway was begun. The first stone of the future Trans-Siberian Railway was laid by Nicholas II, and he personally brought the first wheelbarrow of soil to the base of the embankment of the future railway. About 90 thousand people would simultaneously go to the construction of the railway, and its length as a result exceeded nine thousand kilometers.

Passing the historical path of Enlightenment monarchs, military and reformers, answering their questions, guests will be helped by high-tech stands with spectacular illumination, tactile feedback and light-sound effects.

Boyars and peasants

The game room takes visitors to the real boyars' chambers and the peasant hut of the XVII century. Here, almost every household item has its own "voice", action and task — from an ordinary spoon to a Russian stove.

One of the most interesting tasks will be to feed two families — the boyar and the peasant. Guests will quickly realize that the boyar is angry if he is served steamed turnips or simple cabbage soup, and the peasant cannot afford fried quail and other gourmet dishes.

Also, in the room you can find out other interesting details about the day-to-day life of boyars and peasants, bask on the stove and compare how you would sleep on a soft bed in the chambers and on a wall bench in a hut.

The Romanovs' Instagram

In this room you can see how the accounts of the imperial family and other famous historical figures would look if Instagram existed in pre-revolutionary Russia.

Royal posts about pets, hobbies and interesting meetings would organically fit into a modern feed. Nicholas I would upload photos of the smartest dog Gusar, and Alexei Mikhailovich — of his beloved cat.

A frequent theme of tsar’s Instagrams would be hobbies: Alexei Mikhailovich was a famous fan of the game of chess, and Alexander III was an avid fisherman. Nicholas II, like his father Alexander III, was fond of painting, and one of his landscapes can be seen in the hall.

Any publication on the Tsar’s Instagram can be "liked": Moscow people have already delivered more than 100 thousand likes to the project.

Construction of the Moscow Kremlin

Through the entire hall, twisting into a spiral, there is a wall composed of different fragments (brick, limestone, oak, pine), reflecting different eras of the Kremlin. The walls are a kind of chronicle of the Moscow state: they indicate the dates and remarkable facts about a particular period.

In the center of the hall is a large table with a static layout. On it is the landscape of the Kremlin area and the Moskva River. Next to the table there is a timeline scale — from the year Moscow was founded to the time of the construction of today’s Kremlin. Each period is represented by a mini-game: Tokhtamysh’s arrow and Ivan Kalita’s moneybag (historical references are given when touched), a force-meter winch, "vertical cut".

The games "vertical cut" and "force-meter winch" imitate the construction process and are designed to make the visitor feel like builders in medieval Russia. "Arrow of Tokhtamysh" and "Ivan Kalita’s moneybag" tell about key historical events and personalities.

In the hall several times a day there is a session "Defense of the Kremlin". The whole hall becomes a battlefield. Visitors should be inside the walls where the layout is located. Both the layout and all the space around it creates a feeling of siege and battle.
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