The funds of the Shemanovsky Museum-Exhibition Complex include almost 150 000 exhibits. Such artifacts as skeletons of woolly rhinoceros and mammoths, about 17 000 years of geological age, and Baby Lyuba, a mummy of a wooly mammoth calf who died approximately 42 000 years ago, are undoubtedly the gems of the paleontological collection. When the baby mammoth mummy, almost completely intact, was discovered in 2007, it shortly became a scientific sensation. Today it is the most popular museum item and a regular participant of various exhibitions held in Russia and abroad. Within 10 years Baby Lyuba has been shown in many world countries – in Japan, Great Britain, the USA, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, becoming the most travelling exhibit of the museum. So far, the mammoth mummy has covered over 100 000 km.
Archeological excavations in the North reveal a huge number of organic artifacts, well-preserved in permafrost conditions. The museum’s rarities include the items discovered at the sanctuary of Ust-Poluy (1st century BC – 1st century AD) and the first Russian Arctic city of Mangazeya of the 17th century. Both are considered to be of national importance.
The museum funds are based on the ethnographic collection succeeding the original Ethnographic Collection of Indigenous Peoples in Tobolsk North, including material culture items of the ethnicities living in Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, such as a 19th-century women’s coat called yagushka, a shaman parka with pendants depicting accessory spirits, and a Khanty dress made from nettle and richly decorated with ornaments.
The Shemanovsky Museum-Exhibition Complex owns some really unique items – early printed books and books from the library of Father Irinarkh, the founder of the museum, stored in the rare book collection.
Another part of the museum fund is devoted to the contemporary Russian history, which has both tragic and victorious pages depicted in various items, documents, photos and negative images, including those relating to the local history and construction in Yamal and Salekhard covering the period between the 1950s and 2010s. Among other things, photos capture the principal changes the local capital has faced over the past 20 years.
The funds also contain three collections of local art (Paintings, Graphics, Sculpture and Architecture) reflecting the works made by Salekhard painters, masters representing indigenous peoples of the North, and visiting plein-air artists. Most memorable exhibits are the works by I.G. Istomin, a Komi painter, giving a mythological interpretation of the early Soviet history (1947), neo-archaic linocuts by G.S. Raishev, a Khanty artist, and fairly-tale and legend pictures by N.M. Taligina, a Khanty illustrator.
The museum is actively involved in organizing and taking part in exhibitions of local art and works by the recognized Moscow and European artists (N. Kazimova, O. Yakhnin, V. Stanishevsky), which helps to replenish the museum’s art collections. In 2016, the museum received an impressive gift of 75 paintings by E.E. Moiseenko, V.E. Popkov, S.I. Osipov and other masters of the art, from the Timchenko Foundation.
The art fund of the museum includes a collection of carved bones created at well-known Russian workshops specializing in this art, including one in Yamal.
The State Budgetary Institution of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug “The Yamal-Nenets Regional Museum-Exhibition Complex named after I.S. Shemanovsky”
Address: 38 Chubynina st., Salekhard
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