Possibly the best automotive museum ever.
Visiting Russia? Schedule this place. By all means.
Greetings fellow tribers! Ready for another museum review with Soviet flashbacks? I thought so. Hop in. Gonna be fun.
So, as you may already know, I'm from Russia, Ekaterinburg city. I assume that you may even heard of us. We are mostly famous for: being a border of Europe and Asia, possessing a soil full of rich raw materials, Bolshevik's assassination of Tsar's family, acting as industrial back of Soviet Union during the war and still do for modern Russia, "cultural capital" (not my words, but one of my professors from the State of Virginia). In this city, 20km from it, to be precise lies one neighbour town called Verhnyaya Pyshma. It is the headquarters of one of the world's leaders in metallurgy and copper production. Why it may interest us, readers of drivetribe? Because this company built up one of the best car museums ever.
If you're a fan of military history, you're in for a treat! There is massive open space field and separate museum site for it. You'll be able to see dozens of artillery units, rare tanks, trains, diesel tractors, refuelling equipment, military airplanes of WWII and Cold War era's and many more. The most exciting part is when you approach the venue by car, look to your left and realise the scale of this place!
Another question: why am I in a position to tell you about it and recommend it? One simple reason, I worked there and handled visits of official delegations. We had embassy workers, artists, technical stuff, mayor's of different cities etc. It all started with one rather large garage and few private collections. Let's walk through the exhibition itself.
Model called AK-77, manufactured in 1977, Leningrad, USSR
Something tells me motorcycle enthusiasths will be happy, very happy! (Sidecar geeks, there's some for you too!)
Now for the Formula-s. Here you'll find a rare collection of Soviet prototypes that took part in competitions of Baltic region.
VAZ took part in Endurance racing too.
And here are the pioneers.
Yours truly telling tales to American artists, who came to the exhibition.
After awhile the exhibit relocated to the new building and here's how it all looks today! Each floor represents different era: from pioneers of the XXth century to the personal autopark of Soviet leaders and, surely, one floor is devoted to motorsport.
One of the very first electric cars!
Personal choice of Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia under Romanov rule.
I always thought that cars of the early XX century were not exceptionally large, but this one in particular is HUGE! No doubt a word '4x4' or 'allroad' was about to be invented by some marketer or engineer!
Peugeot on contrary did stick with 'small city urban car' from the start!
The upper floor was decorated with vintage logo's from cycling events. The reason for it - this city had its input in cycling sport of Soviet Union. Occasionally, during summer time you can still spot cycling teams training!
Somoene who did this print,here's my high five, pal
Very neat looking Tatra.
Just recently this museum was visited by members of British Royal family. Prince Michael of Kent was among the honorary guests. He is a paternal first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.
- It's a perfect place for you if: you're a petrolhead, fan of military history, or you study a course related somehow to Russia and perhaps you're keen to know more, also if you're just looking for a way to spend your time properly.
- Don't think that this is an advertising, it's more of a personal experience that i'm sharing with you because, first of all, i'm a fan of motorsports and I'm a geek when it comes to machinery!
- The place is located in Russia, small town 'Verhnyaya Pyshma', 20kms north from Ekaterinburg (2hours on airplane from Moscow).
- There is a big chance that 1 day to visit won't be enough.
- Entrance fee: 300 RUB (guides do speak English and their services are charged additionally)
- Earlier I covered the event 'Rally Ural 2019', it all took place at the parking lot of this museum, check it out: drivetribe.com/p/rally-ural-2019-H_DD1IHnQTmnnAs_uPy9Hw?iid=MdLAjQuZQNymqbyUpXleDw
learn more here: mkugmk.ru/en/
P.S If by any chance some of you decide to schedule a visit, don't hesitate to contact me, i'd be glad to organize a meet&greet!