China: Wisdom Comes from the East

On November 19, the Maritime Exhibition Hall of the Museum of the World Ocean presents a renewed exhibition of the section China: Wisdom Comes from the East. Based on items
from the museum collection, presenting ancient cultural traditions of Tianxia, as well as on specially selected materials, the exhibition reveals a very significant and interesting episode in the history of China – its development as a powerful marine country. The exhibition complex “China Explores the Ocean: Zheng He and his Fleet” acquaints with the legendary admiral of the Great Ming, a traveler and a mariner Zheng He (1371–1433) and his unique treasure ships, which made seven major voyages to the counties of Indochina, Hindustan, the Arabian Peninsula and East Africa in 1405 to 1435.

The history, depicted on a Chinese screen is supplemented with a large decorative map of Admiral Zheng He’s voyages. A special sector of the exhibition is a so-called “interior” of a Chinese house, full of distinctive traditional handicraft articles, such as decorative and applied art, lacquer furniture, sculptures, and paintings. A picturesque exhibition at the Maritime Art Gallery continues the topic. Canvases of “The Images of China. Following Yu. Sosnovskiy’s Expedition to China (1874-1875)” tell about an amazing journey to the Celestial Empire to discover new trade routes, explore the lands and peoples inhabiting them. Among participants of the expedition under the command of Colonel Yu. Sosnovskiy was a doctor, an artist, a portrayer of ordinary life and an explorer – P. Pyasetskiy (1843 — 1919) – and a talented photographer A. Boyarskiy. While travelling, they created several
hundreds of unique drawings and photographs, featuring Mongolia and China views, ethnographic types, individual and group portraits of residents of little-studied areas in Southeast Asia.

The core of the exhibition is made up of copies of P. Pyasetskiy’s watercolours and lithographs from the State Hermitage and the Scientific Library of the Russian Geographical Society holdings as well as copies of A. Boyarskiy’s photographs from the Scientific Archive of the RGS. A special small section presents amazing inventions of Chinese origin. We use many of them every day and even don’t realize their ancient history is rooted in the Celestial Empire!

Brief info
Julian (Yuli) Sosnovskiy (1842—1897) — an officer of the General Staff of the Imperial Armed Forces, a major general, a Knight of the Order of St. George, a participant of the Russo-Turkish War (1877—1878), an orientalist and an Asia explorer. Pavel Pyasetskiy (1843—1919) — a Russian physician, a traveler, a writer and an artist. Thanks to the scientist and military doctor P. Pyasetskiy, the history of national medicine was enriched with introduction of a new unique skin transplantation technique and discovery of kefir health benefits, and art & literature – with excellent drawings and a very valuable narration on the far-away lands of China. Adolf Boyarskiy (n/a) – a non-service nobleman, a photographer and a participant of the Russian Scientific-Commercial Expedition to China (1874—1875).

Full Dress Uniform and Fates. Honor and Glory


The history of Russia is the history of all of us. A role of an individual in the history, an impact of governmental decisions on fates and lives of generations – understanding this subject is particularly important taking into account the results of the controversial 20th century, either the era of advances of human activities in diverse fields or full of horrible military conflicts. Wars, battles and revolutions left large scars in fates of Russian families and added a lot of dramatic pages into the national history. We remember rulers and commanders, who swayed the destinies of counties. At the same time, names and heroic deeds of soldiers, sailors and low-ranking officers are very often obscure and they disappear in the time stream.

In the year of the 300th anniversary since the declaration of the Russian Empire and the 325th jubilee of the Russian Navy, the Museum of the World Ocean in collaboration with the Suvorov Memorial Museum, involving the projects partners, such as the Museum of Sevastopol Heroic Defence, Central Naval Museum, Cultural Centre of the Baltic Fleet and a private military history archive, presents the exhibition Full Dress Uniform and Fates. Honor and Glory. With events and meaning, the new exhibition attempts to bridge the big history of the Fatherland and its defenders’ fates, who sacrificed their lives for peace. The exhibition features full dress uniforms, that used to belong to real officers of the Imperial Russian and Soviet Armies, who executed their duty both on land and at sea in different periods.

Displayed at the exhibition is a kaftan (full dress uniform) of low-ranking soldiers of the Semyonovsky Lifeguard Regiment. It belonged to soldier Makar Ivanov. Taking into account a 25-year service, the owner took part in the Suvorov's Italian and Swiss campaigns; he joined the Lifeguard for his merits and, probably reached Paris together with the Russian Army after the defeat of Napoleon. As well, a very interesting story, which embodied the fate of Russia of the 20th century, is devoted to biography of regular officers of the Imperial Russian Army – Vladimir Egoriev, the general who came over to the Red Army and served until his resignation, and Vasiliy Badanov, who first served in the Imperial Russian Army, then – in Admiral Kolchak’s army and finished his military career as the general of the Armoured Corps of the USSR. The uniforms are supplemented with arms, decorations, officers’ personal belongings as well as paintings, graphics and sculptures. Each item keeps person's fate, their joy and sorrow, their country’s glory and honor. Artifacts are ready to tell you about their owners, reveal pages of the autobiographies and one more time to take you through time and epochs following a Russian soldier’s and sailor’s path. Just come to the exhibition, look closely and listen attentively.

The exhibition Full Dress Uniform and Fates. Honor and Glory is on at Packgaus Exhibition Hall from November 4.
Wednesday – Monday, 10:00 – 18:00.


COVID-free admission

From November 1, the Museum of the World Ocean welcomes its guests within COVID-free concept (a territory free from COVID-19).

Visitors who are 18 or older can enter the museum attractions by a QR code only. The code proves an individual is vaccinated with two components of the vaccine or with a single-
component vaccine; or it proves an individual has had COVID-19 and it is less than 6 months since the recovery. We kindly inform you that you should have an identity document as well.

Servicepeople should have a paper full vaccination certificate and an identity document or a military service card. Moreover, you should wear a mask at the museum. Please, prepare your documents in advance to get to exhibitions faster. New restrictions entered into force in accordance with Decree 134 (16 March 2020, in the version of Decree 657, 6 October 2021) by the Government of the Kaliningrad Region.

The Museum of the World Ocean takes care of your safety and its staff health and encourages its guests to follow the rules and invites to guided tours in a group of 5 or less people. Please, do not hesitate to ask for more details via email: museum [at]

*Restrictions do not apply to visitors under 18.

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