The Historical and Memorial Museum Complex of Bobriki is one of the oldest museums of Tula region founded in 1933. In 1935 the museum was opened for visitors. A peculiar feature of the museum is opening on its base of the second Russian planetarium (1940-1991) which worked with an appliance invented by the employee of the museum M. V. Chistozvonov (1883–1942).
In February 1996 The Museum of Podmoskovnyi coal-field and the planetarium were rearranged into the Bogoroditsk Museum of Local History and a planetarium, which that year became a basis for creation of The Historical and Memorial Museum Complex of Bobriki. The planetarium doesn’t currently work.
The Historical and Memorial Museum Complex is located in a historical part of the town Bobrik-Gora.
In the second half of the 18th century Catherine the Second founded here Bobriki Estate on a high picturesque hill at the junction of the River Bobrik and The River Don. The Estate was inherited by Aleksej Grigoryevich Bobrinsky, a son of the Empress and Count Grigorij Grigoryevich Orlov.
The family of Count Bobrinsky has left a tangible mark in Russian history. They have become the founders of coal, sugar and distilling industries
Bobriki Estate is the main tourist object of the Museum Complex. Its architectural ensemble designed by the talented Russian architect I. E. Starov is of great historical and artistic value.
To the present day not the whole vast Palace Complex is preserved. There are only wings of the main house, Church of the Savior of the Holy face (now, The Church of the Holy Transfiguration an XVIII century architectural monument of federal importance), The Chapel and the Burial Vault of Bobrinsky (a XIX century architectural monument of federal importance), a wing built in the middle of the nineteenth century by the owner of Bobriki Estate Count A.V. Bobrinsky and park.
Funds of the Museum Complex consist of more than 26000 units of storage. These unique objects include a memorial collection of members of the Bobrinsky family; a balk of the Ivanovsky canal lock-gate which was building up the River Don by directions of Peter I in the first quarter of XVIII century in order to connect the Volga and the Don; archeological finds discovered on the territory of Donskoy; a collection of documents and items concerned with the history of coal mining in this area; the works of the theoretical astronautics founder K.E. Ciolkovsky published in his lifetime; materials which tell about the past and the present of Donskoy.
Nowadays there are expositions ‘History of Bobriki village and Estate’ and ‘Donskoy. Pages of history’ in the Museum Complex. New exhibitions open every year.
In addition to attending of the expositions, the museum offers complex excursions which include visiting of a museum exhibition on a selected topic, a walk along the Estate, and also various interactive programmes and master-classes. A series of events called ‘Today it is interesting here’ is organized during the school vacation. Folklore festivals ‘Wide Shrovetide’, ‘Green Christmas-tide in Bobriki’ are held every year. The museum can receive up to 50 visitors at the same time.