Statue of Tsar Alexander III
Across the road from the Regional Museum, a recast statue of Tsar Alexander III (a copy of the 1904 original) looks as though he’s...
Raising of the Cross Church
The 1758 baroque Raising of the Cross Church has a fine interior of gilt-edged icons and examples of intricate brickwork in a rounded...
Okhlopkov Drama Theatre
Shakespeare, Russian classics and local playwright Vampilov staged regularly (in Russian) from September to June.
The name of this contemporary, purpose-built eatery is a rip-off of the Russian-language equivalent of Friends Reunited, but this is...
Regional Museum information
Lonely Planet review
Irkutsk’s rapidly ageing Regional Museum is within a fancy 1870s brick building that formerly housed the Siberian Geographical Society, a club of Victorian-style gentlemen explorers. The highlights here are the downstairs ethnographical exhibitions and the nostalgic display of 20th-century junk upstairs, as well as the small gift shop selling birch-bark boxes, jewellery made from Baikal minerals and other interesting souvenirs.