On October 17, 2020, the renovated Balalaika Museum will open in the city of Ulyanovsk. The guests of the Balalaika Museum attending the opening ceremony will be able to see an updated exhibition with interactive elements, rare samples of folk (traditional) balalaikas, unique artifacts from old music workshops, including fragments of the Gorensk balalaika craft of the Ulyanovsk region, and listen to famous Russian musicians.
The opening events of the Balalaika Museum will be attended by Alexey Shaburov, Director of the Association of Private Museums of Russia, founder and director of the World Calligraphy Museum; Maxim Guzinin, Director of the National Association of Members of the MIR-MIO Music Industry and the Development of Musical Instruments and Equipment; and Varvara Letyagina, ethnic instruments expert, specialist on the history of balalaika and curator of the Open Funds of Musical Instruments Exhibition of the Sheremetev Palace branch from St. Petersburg.
Right after the opening ceremony, a panel discussion is planned on the topic: “Private music museum and the music industry in Russia: common grounds and new opportunities for the regional economy.”
The Balalaika Museum was opened in 2013; it is the only museum in Russia that is entirely dedicated to the balalaika culture. Since 2016, the Balalaika Museum has been working in the format of traveling exhibitions. In 2020, the Balalaika Museum will resume full-fledged work in the building of the old city estate of Yemelyan Krivov.