Tomtor Local Lore Museum

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Tomtor Local Lore Museum
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Obrucheva St., 2, Tomtor 678750 Russia

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Andrew M
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Small museum with interesting displays
Jul 2017 • Family
We visited Tomtor on the way to Oymyakon. Tomotor is approx. 60 km from Oymyakon, and famous as the location of the weather station which recorded the lowest ever temperature in a habitable area. The museum is located in the center of town within walking distance of many attractions including, the pole of cold stella, WW2 monument, memory bell and quite a few other statues and monuments. The museum is located in a aged white building with a triangular shaped entrance.It actually is a "new" location, which was opened in 1992,as the old museum is to the left, in an ancient building .The old museum has a tablet in front with names and dates ending in 1990, so we assumed that it was closed at this time and some of the displays moved to the new museum.

The admission fee was 300 ruble with an additional 100 ruble for photos.There were three display areas with varying themes. The most prominent displays were of World War 2 and the use of Tomtor as a stop on the "land lease" program, where planes and other equipment were leased to Russia to aid in the fight against Nazi Germany. Planes were flown from Alaska to Moscow, with various stops along the way. Valery Chkalov, a famous Soviet test pilot, pioneered the route from Alaska to Moscow, which was thought to be impossible before his flight. Over 8,000 planes did this trip and played a major role in the defeat of the Nazis, and a picture showing this route is displayed in the museum. Parts of an engine from a crashed plane is an exhibit in this section of the museum. A photo of a number of planes on the Tomtor runway is also shown here, and a model of the old air base.

Another display of which we were particularly interested was the Gulag. There were many gulag camps nearby that were active in the Stalin era. The men from these camps worked mostly on the construction of the "road of bones". The prisoners of the Gulag were a mix of political, academic and religious persecuted and POW's. Some of the tools used in their daily life in the gulag are exhibited here, and a section is dedicated to writers and poets. Many of the prisoners died due to harsh living and working conditions or "disappeared" from the camps. The memory bell in the center of town is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the gulag.

Other displays referenced the recording of -71.2C (-96F) in the Tomtor Valley. Photos of the pole of cold stella (also a short walk away, opposite the memory bell) and "father frost" were also prominent displays. We particularly enjoyed the old drawing of Tomtor town and the list of the "oldest" people from Tomtor. It was surprising that the person at the top of the list was 125 years old, and there were quite a few more centurians in such a small village which had a population of just over 1,000 people. Considering the harsh conditions of life here, we found this fact amazing.Don't miss the display of "old" bank notes near to the entrance.

The curator did not speak English but was very helpful, and asked us to record our visit in the museum log book at the end of the visit. It may be best to arrange this visit with a guide or call in advance of visiting, as we had to wait for the museum to be opened on our visit.You can view this museum in 30 minutes.
Written 22 November 2017
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