The S.M. Prokudin-Gorsky Museum
by appointment via e-mail
Excursion admission ticket is currently free
The museum founder / owner
Vasily Vasilievich Dryuchin
The idea of creating a museum started with a computer project by students at the S.M. Prokudin-Gorsky school called “100 years of Russian color photography”. Exhibits for the museum have been collected since 2003.
This is the only museum in the world dedicated to the work of the founder of Russian color photography. It is recognized globally, in particular by the Library of Congress in the USA (where the negatives of all surviving photographs of S.M. Prokudin-Gorsky are kept), London Royal Photographic Society, Savonlinna Museum in Finland, and Osip Zadkine Museum in Paris.
The museum has close contacts with the Presidential Library named after B.N. Yeltsin in St. Petersburg, the State Public Historical Library in Moscow, the Modern History of Russia Museum, the State Museum of L.N. Tolstoy, Karl Bulla Trust and Museum in St. Petersburg, and other museums in Russia.
Museum exhibits took part in the filming of two television films:
Russia in color, 2010, directed by V. Meletin and commissioned by the Culture television channel, and Leonid Parfyonov’s film Color of the Nation. Other exhibits include the most complete collection of scenic color postcards in Russia published by the photographer, a brochure autographed by S.M. Prokudin-Gorsky, personal belongings and photographs belonging to his closest assistant, N.M. Selivanov, household items from the late 19th – early 20th centuries, cameras and technical devices for photographing from the late 19th – early 20th centuries, and materials related to the Romanov dynasty and the last Tsar, Nicholas II.