State historical-architectural, landscape and natural museum-preserve «Izborsk»

The acquisition, preservation, study and popularization of museum funds is one of the main activities of the State museum-preserve Izborsk.

The museum funds count 52929 items (the figures are true for July 1, 2012), among them are 47615 items of the main fund.

The museum collection of the Pechory branch of Izborsk museum includes 14187 items. Its main fund comprises 10263 items. The main part of the collection is the objects of archaeology — 46442 items.

The museum’s collections have been formed as a result of the many years of archaeological excavations in Truvor’s settlement in Izborsk — the only site of the ancient settlement in Russia which has been almost completely studied by archaeologists. Over 20 years (from 1971 till 1991) Truvor’s settlement has been studied by archaeologists under the guidance of V. Sedov — the head of the department of field studies of the Institute of archaeology of Russian Academy of sciences, the active member of Russian Academy of Sciences.

The archaeological collection of the museum-preserve has exceptional historical-cultural value. It allows one to understand not only the history of a certain ancient Russian town, but also helps in understanding the development of other ancient Russian towns and the origins of Russian statehood.

The documents collection can boast a library, documents and photographs, illustrating the activities of the Russian cultural and educational society, which was working in Izborsk from 1917 to 1930-s, the work of Voluntary firefighting society, the documents from private archives of famous scholars and cultural workers of the Pskov region, the books from the end of the XYIII-th — the beginning of the XX-th centuries, ancient manuscripts.

The ethnographic collection includes objects of material culture of people who used to live in Pechory district — one of the most ethnographically interesting regions of Russia. The collection consists of authentic household utensils, which used to belong to merchants and peasants. Interior objects, furniture, clothes, utensils, things created by artisans and craftsmen, agricultural implements enable one to understand the culture and the way of life of local people. Of special importance are the collections, dedicated to Setu people, which are located in the museum-estate in the village of Sigovo and in the branch of Izborsk museum «The Museum of the history of the town of Pechory». The collections of necklaces and broaches of Setu women are most interesting.

The memorial collection is represented with paintings and drawings of the local amateur artists P. Melnikov and A. Bashkevitch.

Annually within the framework of the action «Donating to the museum» the museum funds are replenished with items, which Izborsk people donate to the museum. Only in the 2 recent years 426 items have been donated to the museum by the people living in Izborsk district.

192 items were bought from the representatives of the Setu people with the help of the program «The support of the local small people of Setu, living in Pechory district, in 2011-2013». The items illustrate the everyday life of people, living in Izborsk and its vicinities at the beginning of the XX-th century, during the period when this area was part of Estonia and in the second half of the XX-th century, when Russian and Setu people lived side by side and the two cultures penetrated into each other. The unique museum funds enable specialists to create diverse expositions and carry out research work.