Murom. There’s a pretty good museum in the centre of the city featuring the exhibition “The City and its Residents.” For 80 roubles ($1.35), you get to see the riches accumulated by Murom residents in the 18th and 19th centuries.
A pistol with an inscription that reads "For pleasure"
This is how a regular family dressed for a walk.
This is the exhibition itself. It's not that big but it will take you at least 30 to 40 minutes to check everything out. The residents obviously cared that their possessions remained safe and the house looked decent and orderly.
All the best for the kids. Here you can see some of the more expensive toys.
There were no smart phones or tablets back then, so 3D effects from stereo glasses pleased the eye and the mind.
This boy was shown to kids as a role model: go to the potty and then to sleep with a teddy bear!
This Winnie-the-Pooh would definitely scare me, but it was probably a comfort for 18th-century kids.
A lady's corner. Women have their secrets and they usually keep them in a massive coffer.
Jewel boxes, which were small chests with a fake bottom. To paraphrase the poet Agniya Barto, “I'll smooth my ‘tail’ with a wide-toothed comb and I'll ride my husband to my friends' home…”
A man's life was more straight-forward, as can be seen from these weights for lifting.
A looking glass to observe the female neighbors and the hunt.
Muskets of different brands. Some are meant for animals and others for competition in one’s love life.
Or competition in cards. Or guarding your possessions acquired by honest day’s work. Am I the only one who thinks that the coins have been colored bronze?
This is some real money! A local trader once hid his possessions from people underground and then disappeared. However, the treasure remained and it now brings joy to the city’s residents and makes them think how much is it all worth in today's roubles.
Russians could drink, that's for sure. Guests were served in small shot glasses while knights drank from decorated pots.
Here you can find lots of glossy magazines following the trends of the beauty industry back in the day.
Unbelievably expensive furniture and ancient books.
Some would think it's an urn for the ashes of beloved relatives or a vase for fresh flowers, but it's a European-made utensil to keep coal for Russian ovens.
Historians, geographers and coin collectors would love the treasure found on this spot, where the manor belonging to the Voshchin family was located. There's so much here. Here are Russian icons and crosses.
Here are coins and jewelry from the Middle East.
And from opium-era China.
Russian woodcarvings are also here. Here's a good plate, although you can't buy one like this anymore.
You can get a similar one in a souvenir shop downstairs with a depiction of Ilya Muromets, a local hero from old legends.
Girls will also find stuff to buy. Earrings and bracelets are rather inexpensive.
While wall tiles will hit your pocket hard.
Blogger dobriy-vasya visited a museum in the Russian city of Murom to bring back a photo report representing the passions, pleasures and vices common to the residents of a small city of the 18th century when, under the reign of Peter the Great and his successors, Russian way of life was abrupltly turned from a traditional towards a European one.