Today, ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov, Honorary President of ROC Alexander Zhukov, ROC Director General Vladimir Sengleev and Chairman of the ROC Commission on Implementation of the Olympic Museum and Olympic Canal projects Stanislav Druzhinin came to give a preliminary assessment of the future Museum.
The guests examined the facade of the building and the interior, which are currently about 90 percent complete, discussed the progress of work with VDNKh Director General Sergei Shogurov and representatives of the contractor, and also learned about how the museum’s exhibition will look like.
It should be recalled that Pavilion No. 15 of VDNKh was built in 1956 and is a site of cultural heritage and an architectural monument. In 2016, the building was transferred to the ROC for free use to create the Russian Olympic Museum.
The general plan of the museum includes exhibition halls dedicated to Olympic sports and public areas (a cafe, a shop and a lobby). There is also a universal hall, which shall provide the possibility of holding various events, ceremonies and presentations. The exhibition itself will combine an interactive format and artifacts.
When creating the museum, special attention will be paid to the thematic content and activities for children. And one more interesting fact: the Russian Olympic Museum will be the first museum in Moscow where visitors shall have the opportunity to get a free ticket for completing sports tasks!
Stanislav Pozdnyakov, ROC President:
– The impressions we got here are the most favourable. The Volga Region Pavilion is one of the most interesting places on the territory of VDNKh. I am confident that the Russian Olympic Museum will take its rightful place in this unusual building of great cultural and historical value. The museum, taking into account its compactness, is being designed in such a way that it will be possible to organize various Olympic events. For example, the International Forum of Young Olympians or activities within the framework of the All-Russian Olympic Day. The closer we are to the fans, who in this case will become visitors to the museum, the better it is.
Alexander Zhukov, Honorary President of the ROC:
– The Volga Region Pavilion, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful pavilions of VDNKh. Its restoration, as we have seen today, is close to completion. I would like to note the successful location of the building – on the central alley of VDNKh, next to Fountain Square, where there are always many people. The exhibition of the Olympic Museum is quite well developed. Without going into details, it can be noted that it will be a modern museum with an interactive, multimedia and inclusive component, where everyone will be able to learn about the history of the Olympic movement and feel the atmosphere of the Olympic Games. And what is also very important, a significant place in the exhibition will be given to the 1980 Summer Olympic Games and the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. This is our cherished Olympic history!
Stanislav Druzhinin, Chairman of the ROC Commission on Implementation of the Olympic Museum and Olympic Canal projects:
– A stunning project is being implemented right before our eyes! The Russian Olympic Museum will become a centre of attraction for athletes, fans and sports federations alike. The exhibition will offer not only artifacts – there will be a complete immersion in Olympic sports. For example, any visitor to the museum will be able to virtually reach the record height that Yelena Isinbayeva overcame. Or descend to the bottom of the pool during synchronized swimming competitions. Overall, I was very pleased with what I saw today. There is confidence that in the near future, the restoration of the premises will be completed and the final stage will begin, i.e. the creation of the museum exhibition.