Ulan-Ude City Museum


Occupying the merchant’s house where imperial heir Nicholas II stayed in 1891, this small but progressive museum has exhibits examining Verkhneudinsk’s role in the tea and fur trades, the huge fairs that took place at the trading arches and several other aspects of the city’s past.

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