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Art Gallery

This splendid collection includes pieces by luminaries such as Valentin Serov, Ilya Repin and Vasily Tropinin, as well as a good sampling of socialist realism, 14th- to 18th-century icons and European old masters. Y…
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Assumption Cathedral

Dominating the skyline is this huge green-and-white working cathedral topped by five silver domes. A church has stood here since 1101; this one was built in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Its spectacular gi…
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Smolensk Flax Museum

Flax production developed from the Middle Ages as one of Smolensk’s main industries, as the moderate climate sustained soil ideal for growing the plant. Exhibits and hands-on demonstrations will give you an idea of …
Museum in Smolensk

History Museum

This gorgeous mustard-coloured building is home to a range of different galleries, covering natural and local history.
Museum in Smolensk

Konenkov Sculpture Museum

Contains playful woodworks by Smolensk Oblast native Sergei Konenkov, otherwise known as the 'Russian Rodin'. The museum also has works from other noted Smolensk artists.
Museum in Smolensk

Museum of Russian Vodka

A one-room exhibition provides a brief overview of the drink’s colourful history. Guided tours (in Russian) end at the makeshift bar, where you can purchase some noteworthy Smolenskiy brands.
Museum in Smolensk


This ornate, storybook wooden house is covered in stunning, brightly-coloured carvings. It houses a folk-art museum.
Museum in Smolensk

In the World of Fairytales Museum

One for the kids, where they've smashed the boring don't-touch rules. It's a wonderful, creative space full of activities and interactive exhibits based around Russian fairy tales. Even Baba Yaga is there: yikes!
Historic Site in Smolensk

Fortress Walls & Around

Making a circuit of the restored city walls, long sections of which boast fine towers reminiscent of the Moscow Kremlin, is a pleasant way to pass a warm summer evening, with parks, various monuments and churches to…
Park in Smolensk

Glinka Garden

At the east end of this shady garden with fountains, an 1885 statue of the composer Glinka is surrounded by a fence with excerpts from his opera A Life for the Tsar wrought into the iron. Opposite is the concert hal…