AGENCY FOR DEVELOPMENT
OF NATURAL TERRITORIES
AGENCY FOR DEVELOPMENT
OF NATURAL TERRITORIES
VORONEZH STATE RESERVE
THE PROJECT WAS MADE BY:

Project director:
Victor Yemelyanov

Design director:
Yulia Salamekh

General decicion:
Daria Vaschuk

Designer:
Valentina Volkova
3D-visualisation:
Dmitriy Alexeev
Layout:
Sergey Merkulov

Editors:
Andrey Akinshin,
Evgeniya Belionova,
Daura Nuvazova

Technical Director:
Alexey Lisitsyn

Production Manager:
Alexey Cherkasov

Photos of the exhibition:
Stanislav Volkov

Voronezh State Reserve
Scientific Consultant:
Ph.D. Igor Ivanovich Vorobyov

The Museum of Nature

Task:

The Museum of Nature is the central object of the tourist infrastructure of the reserve. It welcomes guests going to eco-trails. Tourist groups and delegations of conferences held at the Voronezh Reserve visit it before all the other attractions.

Solution:

Instead of presenting boring facts, we concentrated on presenting the philosophy of Usmansky pine forest. The museum stimulates new ways of thinking, teaches to see patterns in nature, chains of causes and effects. After visiting the museum, the guests will look at the forest in a whole new way – they will see what they have not noticed in it before. This will make the further study of nature more fascinating and conscious.

To talk about nature, you need to know the “philosophy of the area.” What is the source of vitality of Usmansky pine forest? What principles determine its character and appearance?

«What, where and when» are the wrong questions, «Why and how» are the right ones

Making the exhibition, we constantly asked ourselves: “Why did Usmansky pine forest become what it is now? Why are some species accustomed here and others not? ”. We addressed this question to scientific consultants, studied scientific and popular science sources, creating a solid scientific and educational material.

Children love to push and twist things most of all. But each interactive exhibit has its meaning and is designed for an audience of any age..

Everything is interconnected!

Usmansky pine forest is like a living creature, born from sandy-clay soils, growing and changing for thousands of years – solid and indivisible. The exposition uses a holistic approach which is expressed through the relationship between everything and everyone – soils, biotopes, landscapes.

From big…

…to small!

When the glacier retreated, the forest was born

There is an interactive model of Usmansky pine forest in the center of the hall. It shows how the forest was developing among the black-earth steppes from the Ice Age to the present day. How was nature developing before the appearance of man and after that? How did the creation of the reserve influence it?

The museum was opened at the “Tropami Doveriya” (“By the paths of trust”) festival, which was visited by about 5,000 people.

The first presentation of the museum was rather successfull. The exhibition received a lively response, the adults looked at the stands with interest, the children were amazed by interactive elements and illustrations.