Open-air Railway Museum in Novosibirsk

Railway is very important for Novosibirsk. In fact, Novosibirsk appeared only thanks to the railway.  In 1891 the Tsar Alexander III and his government resolved to build the Transsiberian Railway and a group of engineers was sent to Siberia to find the best position for the railway bridge over the river Ob along with the overall layout of the Transsiberian. At that time there was just a huge forest where Novosibirsk is located now, and a couple of small villages here and there. Besides, 30 km to the north of the current center of Novosibirsk there was a big town Kolyvan, and the initial plan was to build the bridge there, but that idea was not approved by the engineers. In 1896 the bridge was put into operation. All aspects of life in Novosibirsk, economic and social, have been driven by railway ever since.

So it was only logical to open a railway museum in our city. In fact, the museum consists of two parts. One is situated in the downtown and informs its visitors about the history as evidenced by documents, pictures, clothing items, etc.

Another is an open-air museum, where over 100 locomotives, passenger and cargo trains, snow-ploughs are presented to the public. Besides, there is a section with Russian oldtimers, like Volgas, Moskvichs and Saporozhets.



The museum is open all year round each day except for Monday. Guided tours are possible for groups of 10 and more participants.



The museum is located in Academgorodok, so you can combine the visit with other museums and sights of Academgorodok. Normally I always include this museum into any of Academgorodok tours.

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