Yakutsk Regional History Museum


A good place to delve deeper into Sakha culture, the Regional History Museum contains local minerals, information on the region’s first Russian settlers and a mammoth skeleton alongside the standard Soviet natural history and WWII exhibits. Outside, there’s a huge whale skeleton found in 1961, as well as the original museum building, a charming wooden structure full of traditional furnishings.

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1. Treasury of the Sakha Republic

0.54 MILES

Pay a visit to this unique museum for a look at Yakutia's rich mineral wealth combined with fine craft traditions. You'll see exquisite carvings in…

2. Lenin Statue

0.57 MILES

Vlad Ilych still stands on Yakutsk's main square doing a particularly directional pose.

3. Pyotr Beketov Monument

0.58 MILES

This rather brash gold-plated pillar in the old town honours Cossack explorer and founder of Yakutsk, Pyotr Beketov.

4. National Art Museum

0.61 MILES

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5. Transfiguration Church

0.64 MILES

This mid-19th-century church with gorgeous golden domes in Yakutsk's old town is the city's most attractive.

6. Khomus Museum

0.94 MILES

Khomus (Jew’s harps) play a big part in Sakha culture. Concerts occur year-round, when performers imitate natural sounds such as a horse neighing. The…

7. Mammoth Museum

1.62 MILES

Despite its rather exciting-sounding name, this one-room museum is rather a let-down due to its total lack of signage in English. On the plus side, there…

8. Archaeology & Ethnography Museum

1.62 MILES

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