President Center of Boris Eltsin

President Center of Boris Eltsin, Yekaterinburg: Hours, Address, President Center of Boris Eltsin Reviews: 4.5/5

President Center of Boris Eltsin

President Center of Boris Eltsin
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10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Anthony R
Northampton, UK23 contributions
Nov. 2021 • Solo
The Boris Yeltsin centre is housed in a modern looking building and houses among others a number of shops an art gallery and a museum devoted to the ex russian president Boris Yeltsin. Whilst the shops are mostly small but trendy boutiques, the museum devoted to Boris Yeltsin was surprisingly entertaining and should engage anyone with even just a passing interest in russian or indeed world politics over the last 30 plus years .
Written 12 November 2021
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland22,968 contributions
Aug. 2019
The Yeltsin Center is definitely one of the most important attractions in Yekaterinburg. After a coffee and a 'Bird Cherry Cake' at the Café 1991 there I went to see the 'Boris Yeltsin Presidential Museum', although there is much more in this attractive modern building: art gallery, conference hall, cinema, library, a bookstore, a scientific amusement park for children.

The Center opened in 2015 and was built by the architectural bureau of Boris Bernasconi in Moscow. This interested me, since the family name of this architect hails from the Ticino, the Italian speaking part of Switzerland. Apparently an ancestor of his, also an architect, had come from Lugano to work on the palaces of St.Petersburg in the times of tsar Peter the Great. He stayed there and several of his by now Russian descendants then chose to stay in the same profession.

At the first floor, where one buys a ticket for 70 RUB, which is also valid for the Art Gallery, one can see Yeltsin's Presidential Limousine. On this level are also the Café 1991, the Museum Shop and the 'Labyrinth', a hall with an overview of Russia's history in the 20th century and the story of Yeltsin's family.

Going up one floor one comes to the 'Presidential Circle' with a bronze statue of Yeltsin seated on a bench. A beloved photo with visitors taking place next to him. The museum is all around it with seven rooms like slices of a round cake. Each room presents one of 7 days that changed Russia, all involving Boris Yeltsin. Captions are exclusively in Russian, but there is each time a synopsis in English. Reading those and looking at all the photos will take at least one hour.

On videos Boris Yeltsin's wife and daughter come to word. Besides all the politics of global importance a lot of personal information is given as well, for example the closeness to his mother or his heart surgery. All in all Boris Yeltsin gets quite glorified, but not in an exaggerated way. For me the visit here was very worthwhile.

That Yekaterinburg was chosen as the site for a center dedicated to the first democratically elected leader of Russia has to do with the fact, that Boris Yeltsin, born in a village 200km further east, started his political career in this city before being called to Moscow in 1985 by Michail Gorbachev.
Written 14 July 2020
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Tide Knot Travellers
London, UK14 contributions
Mar. 2020 • Couples
The museum was really well thought out and so interesting. Having little ability to understand Russian did not matter as the audio guides were really great. We came out feeling a lot more informed about the political changes in Russia over the last 50 years or so. It was fascinating to see the way they had demonstrated everything that happened. One of the best museums we’ve ever been to.
Written 10 March 2020
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TimOxfordUK
Zakynthos, Greece28 contributions
Nov. 2019
Superb presentation of the transition of Russia from Cccp to RF and Yeltsin’s role in all that. If you are at all interested in 20 C history you will love this.

Along side this nice places to eat and chill out I could have spent longer, but had to get to Opera House!
Written 30 November 2019
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Chris
Cologne, Germany15 contributions
Mar. 2019 • Solo
I absolutely loved this museum: Very modern and interactive exhibition! So much to learn here, definitely in my top 3 list of all-time favorite museums.
Written 3 November 2019
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InnaYYZ
Toronto, Canada1,489 contributions
Mar. 2019 • Business
This is a combination presidential centre, honouring the first president of Russia, museum, and social gathering place. Nice collection of artifacts, and lots of propaganda material.
Written 30 August 2019
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Jon Nuxoll
Eugene, OR12 contributions
Jul. 2019
Impressive displays on Yeltsin and Russia in the 1990s, a highlight of my trip to Russia that gave me more appreciation of the man and the problems he faced rather than the buffoon image I previously had of him. Museum is within a high-end shopping center, which I cynically attributed to funding by oligarchs Yeltsin enabled. Maybe, maybe not, but the museum itself had impressive exhibits sympathetic to Yeltsin, portraying his character as independent, strong, and sometimes impulsive. Most Russians today blame him for turmoil of the 1990s and rise of the oligarchs. Maybe (and I was told there have been several attempts to deface the Yeltsin statue outside), but the museum also stresses the huge problems facing Russia in its transition and Yeltsin’s determination not to let Russia slide back to communist rule. Insightful interviews, with English translations, with Yeltsin’s family, officials and journalists. Great displays; my favorite was recreating the 1991 coup against Gorbachev. Museum also does a good job of showing how gutsy and independent Yeltsin was in quitting the Communist Party in the early days of glasnost.
Written 27 August 2019
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Anna Armani
London, UK70 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Couples
This centre exceeded all my expectations! I was highly surprised by the level of organisation, installations and information provided.
The centre provides an incredible overview of Russian history post Russian Revolution with a special focus on the first president of Russian Federation.
We had an audio guide and I'm so happy we took it. It's available in English too and works automatically based on geolocation inside the museum.
I was very impressed with installations inside the museum - they truly create a spirit of the country during those turbulent years.
A must visit when you are in Yekaterinburg!
Written 18 June 2019
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Carli M
Canada199 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Friends
Since this is a museum dedicated to Boris Yeltsin don't expect much else. It covers the years he took power and while he was in power mostly. If you want a brief less detailed visit, there is enough english to wander through and be fine. If you want more info then get the audio guide which is quite good. About 1.5 hrs to 2 to get everything on the audio guide. To be frank, those of the group who didn't get the audio guide felt they should have.
Written 17 June 2019
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robertmodesitt14
Lawrenceville, GA10 contributions
Mar. 2019 • Family
Had NO ideas about Russian history during parastroyka. Heard from many that the reformation of the USSR was needed. BEING American I did not understand this meaning.

After seeing the display I can understand their meaning, NOT communism but the elimination of the need to provide for nations that do not provide for themselves.

Would recommend all to visit here.
Written 3 June 2019
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