10 UNUSUAL PLACES OF TULA REGION

Armored train 13 "Tula Worker"

The military memorial complex "Armored Train 13 "Tula Worker" is a real armored train, which was built in the autumn of 1941 by railway workers of Tula, gunsmiths and contributed significantly to the protection of the city from the enemy.

The Armored Train is in its permanent dwell at the Moscow station of Tula. The exposition of the Armored Train cars tells us about the role of the "Tula Worker" in the defense of Tula in the autumn of 1941, as well as about the combat history of the train.

Having visited unique interiors of cars and armored platforms, guests will be able to see conditions the crew of the armored train fought, to watch the newsreels in the club car, to inspect the bakery car, and to take part in the military-historical game in the staff car.

Location: Tula, Moscow railway station square

Phone: +7 (4872) 46-25-80

Byakovo Stone Pits and Gremyacheye Caves

Byakovo Stone Pits are underground structures of the 15th-16th centuries on the banks of the Osyotr River, in which limestone was mined. They are three separate systems of underground passages with a total length of about 150 kilometers. Speleologists and common tourists who are not afraid of darkness, dirt and do not suffer from claustrophobia come to visit these labyrinths. Routes start in the main gallery called "Bolshak," further, they go (or rather crawl) to the drifts, caves, and to a deep underground lake, where fans of extreme diving even dare to dive. Byakovo Stone Pits are dark (if you are going there, do not forget lights), cold (constant temperatures is +8 degrees), and wet, so relevant outfit, warm waterproof clothing, is required. If desired, you may stay in one of the caves overnight. Gremyacheye Caves, or Arapovka Cave Monastery, are located on the banks of the Tetyakovka River, 6 kilometers from the village of Gremyacheye. The route through the underground passages and caves is a maximum of 250 meters.

Location: Tula region, Venevsky district, Byakovo village

"Vehicles from the USSR" Museum

"Vehicles from the USSR" Museum in Chernousovo is a museum of automobile equipment under the open sky. The exposition consists of a large number of unrepaired cars and trucks produced by the Soviet automotive industry in the period from the 40s to the 90s of the 20the century. The founder of this museum is a collector M.Yu. Krasinets. Nowadays, the museum accounts for more than three hundred exhibits, motor vehicles of Soviet and foreign brands. Some exhibits of the museum participated in the retro car rally, exhibitions, and movies. In addition to the production cars, there are very rare, even unique, items. Visitors may inspect in detail and touch all these rare items or sit in their cabins. This is one of the special features of the "Vehicles for the USSR" Museum.

Address: Tula region, Chernsky district, Chernousovo village

Phone: +7 (903) 035-58-15, +7 (919) 077-77-26

"Moto-Auto-Art" Museum

Today, the museum possesses a unique collection of motorcycles produced by the Tula Machine-Building Plant (TMZ), as well as many other rare items. The exposition may exhibit motorcycles produced within the period from the beginning of the XX century to the present day. In addition to motor vehicles of TMZ, scooters of the "Vyatskiye Polyany" Plant are presented there as well. "Cezeta," "Jawa" motorcycles and mopeds, motorcycles from Kovrov, Minsk, Izhevsk, mopeds from Lviv, Riga, Penza, etc. The museum possesses its own repair and restoration base, where the restoration of motorcycles and scooters is carried out.

Address: Tula, Kharino village, Koltsevaya str., 12

Phone: +7 (905) 627-51-15

Production of Pastila "Staryye Traditsii" (Old Traditions)

"Staryye Traditsii" Factory-Museum is dedicated to the apple brand from Belyov, Belyov pastila. Guests here will not only learn the history of sweet treats but also see the entire process of cooking. As well as be sure to try pastila at every stage of its production: from the whipped mass to the final product. In addition to pastila, the Museum may introduce you with another craft, the bobbin lace. Craftswomen will reveal the secrets of weaving Belyov lace and conduct a workshop for everyone. The tour will end with a traditional tea party accompanied by tasting the products of the "Staryye Traditsii" Company. These products are more than thirty different kinds of pastila, marmalade, marshmallows, and fruit leather. Various kissels and herbal tea as well.

Address: Tula region, Belev, Privokzalnaya str., 21B

Phone: +7 (902) 696-11-47

"Filimonovo Toy" Museum

The museum is dedicated to the elder Odoyev craft, Filimonovo toy. The sponsor of the project and the Director of the Museum is S.V. Kuznetsov. The museum presents mainly samples of Filimonovo toys, materials on the history of the creation and development of this craft. To create a general image of clay toys, the museum also presents other Russian folk toys: Romanovo, Sudzha, Khludnevo, Voronezh, Kozhlya, Skopin toys, as well as examples of Greek toys of 1400-1100 BC.

In the museum, you may not only see the finished toys and watch the process of their creation but also try your hand in making a horse, a little duck, or a rooster, as well as order a workshop on modeling and painting Filimonovo toys, make a traditional Vepsian rag doll, or attend spinning lessons.

Address: Tula region, Odoev, Seliverstov str., 11

Phone: +7 (4873) 64-17-24

"Old Tula Pharmacy"

"Old Tula Pharmacy," famous among residents of Tula since the middle of the 19th century, started a new life. Today, it is a permanent exposition of the Tula Historical and Architectural Museum.

Having preserved the historical name "Old Tula Pharmacy," the museum became a platform for research and experiments. Drugs are no longer being sold here; guided tours and workshops are carried out here.

The museum tried to give an idea of how the "Old Tula Pharmacy" could look in the second half of the 19th century owned by its first owner Ferdinand Georgiyevich Belyavsky. Shopping floors, mirrored cabinets, plenty of glass... Have opened the doors, guests seem to fall into the past, to the times when this house had been a pharmacy, which later became the most famous in the city and in Tula Province.

Address: Tula, Lenin prospect, 27

Phone: +7 (4872) 31-26-61

"MuseiNeIgrushki" (Not-Toy-Musium) Art Apace

The museum possesses a collection of near a hundred antique and rare author's Teddy bears from various countries. Every month, the museum opens its doors for a new exhibition related to toys, porcelain dolls, author's works, cartoon characters, etc.

As part of the tour, visitors may learn about the history of childhood friends, as well as take part in workshops, i.e., learn to sew Teddy bears, make an artistic and a play doll (for theater and animation).

Address: Tula, Lenin prospect, 31

Phone: +7 (4872) 36-73-09

Museum of Clowns

Museum of Clowns, one of the largest museums in Europe in terms of the number of clowns (the exposition contains about seven thousand items), is located in the building of the Tula Circus.

This rich and diverse collection is gathered by a circus artist, the acrobat V.A. Akishin. Some of its exhibits used to be a part of acrobatic performances. For this reason, he was granted the prestigious circus award "Silver Clown," and the performance was listed in the world history of the circus.

The collection includes clowns of various sizes: from the smallest ones (about 5 cm) to large ones (of human scale). Materials, of which the red-haired merry fellows are made, are also diverse: wood, iron, fabric, or ceramics.

Address: Tula, Sovetskaya str., 96

Phone: +7 (4872) 71-73-03

Sculptural Composition "The Taming of the Flea"

The literary image embodied in steel, "The Taming of the English Flea by the Tula Lefty," appeared in Tula to coincide with the 135th anniversary of the publication of Nikolai Leskov's novel "Lefty" in 2016. The ambiguous monument is made in the steam-punk style and it represents a giant flea with a height of more than three meters. The collective image of aggression, which the flea symbolizes, is filled with real weapons, guns, gun shells, and cartridges. According to the intention of the author of the composition, Igor Zolotov, the sculpture represents the constant struggle of good and evil.

The most important thing in the composition is the work of Lefty himself. Thus, since instead of Lefty, the sculpture represents only his shadow, everyone may try on the role of the master.

Address: Tula, Lenin prospect, 85


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