The team of the Association of Private Museums of Russia, headed by Alexei Shaburov, visited Arkhangelskoye Village, Krasnogorsk District, Moscow Region, where they paid a visit to the largest private museum of historical vehicles in Europe, and met with its founder Vadim Zadorozhny.
The Vadim Zadorozhny Museum of Vehicles is 12 years old, and its creation is a tribute to the past. Military equipment, weapons, rare samples of aviation, motorcycles and vintage cars, railway transport, samples of space technology, household items – all is collected here to tell us about the history of the twentieth century and about those great people who served and are serving their Homeland.
“The world is very simple – man is born, man dies, and between birth and death, one should do a good deed. The museum is an impetus for knowledge. If there is no museum, there is no desire to open a book and learn more about what happened and how. It is important for me to encourage a young person to self-development, and an older person to remember the past and, contacting with museum exhibits, tell his children and grandchildren about the time in which he lived. It is a completely different dialogue, a completely different quality,” says Vadim Zadorozhny. According to him, the museum is the most important thing he does. He feels happy when he sees joy in the eyes of children and adults who come here.
Well, all visitors of the museum are guaranteed with positive emotions. All the equipment presented here has been restored and is in working condition, even the aircraft are ready to fly. Many exhibits of the museum have repeatedly participated in the parade on Red Square, public events throughout the country, and starred in films.
On the basis of the Vadim Zadorozhny Museum of Vehicles in the Kaluga Region, the Voenfilm-Medyn cinema complex was created, where large-scale scenery of the village was built on an area of more than 40 hectares, a river was dug and filled with water, and hangars with military equipment are located.
The team of the Association of Private Museums of Russia also visited that place and was able to see the largest collection of armored vehicles from the Great Patriotic War, both Soviet and German. In the recent film “Podolsk Cadets”, the studio provided all the original vehicles by supplying light BA-20 armored cars, T-34, PZ-2 and PZ-4 tanks, Katyusha, IL-2 attack aircraft, weapons and household items.