Novosibirsk Museum of World Funeral Culture

DEATH MUSEUM in Novosibirsk is the only Russian museum of its kind. It is an international project – the one and only Museum of World Funeral Culture.


The intention of creation of the new Museum of World Funeral Culture is to form public attitude to ethic, social and ecological aspects of funeral services and death. The potential impact of this project will be enormous as individuals, communities and countries will be able to see death as an integral part of our life. 

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Novosibirsk Museum of World Funeral Culture is maintained by contributions of private investors. Nowadays two buildings with total area of 1,600 sq.m. are being reconstructed for placement of its expositions.  The museum's collection includes more than 1,500 engravings devoted to the theme of death and mourning, about one thousand paintings, more than 100 mourning dresses of 14th-20th centuries, as well as objects of applied arts.  Several thousand exhibits in total.

The museum is involved in research activity aimed at description and analysis of centuries-old traditions relating to the memory culture and art history background of monumental plastic art in Russia, Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, as well as Arabic East. The special attention is paid to the research of mortuary symbols. The museum is developing a new standard of mortuary symbols in cooperation with the Russian Union of Funeral Companies.

Sections of the Museum's Exposition:

History of mortuary rites and traditions, history of public and large burial places.

Photo gallery of cemeteries in Russia and the near abroad countries.

Mortuary symbols, Christian symbols

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Mythology and superstition, desacralization of death (misunderstanding and misinterpretation of death)

The first funeral services in Russia and abroad. Attributes of funeral services.

Representation of death in painting, literature and cinema art.

Mourning music, “Voices of deceased”

Gallery of honorary citizens.

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Numismatics, philately

Garage with ancient funeral horse carriages and hearses

Collection of mourning dresses

We are interested at present in each show-piece and would appreciate it if you would kindly donate any samples to our Museum.

We are looking for portraits, photos, pictures, sculptures, headstones, old urns, embalming equipment of the past, mourning cards, dresses (penitential), jewelry, coffins of famous people, wreaths, uniform of funeral workers, books, hearses including horse ones, anything connected with funerals and death.

Since 2008 more than 20 different exhibitions were organized by the Museum.

In 2008 the first artistic forum DEATH IN MODERN AR” was held in Moscow. More than 350 artists and sculptors fr om 24 countries declared more than 1300 works to participate. It was the first time such a great amount of death-theme-works were gathered together. 

MEMENTO MORI, 2009-2010 years, the exhibition of death-theme engravings of XVIII-XIX centuries was held in Art Museums of Novosibirsk, Novokuznetsk, Krasnoyarsk, Barnaul and Kemerovo.

MOURNING DRESSES OF PAST CENTURIES took place in Moscow in 2009 and displayed mourning dresses of XVIII - begining of XX centuries.

In 2010 a part of Mourning dresses collection was presented at BEFA-2010 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Right after the show the collection was moved to Krefeld, Germany, to the Textile Museum wh ere GRIEF AND BEAUTY exhibition of mourning dresses of XVIII - begining of XX centuries took place.

MY VIEW OF DEATH - a competition and exposition of installations of young artists and designers was held in 2010 in Novosibirsk.

In 2011 in Novosibirsk Museum of Local History a WOMAN AND DEATH exhibition was organized.

Novosibirsk Museum of World Funeral Culture usually takes part in the International Museum Night with different expositions.

We invite FUNERAL MUSEUMS, FUNERAL ASSOCIATIONS AND COMPANIES to cooperate with MUSEUM OF WORLD FUNERAL CULTURE for organization of exhibitions from collection of the Death Museum in museums and galleries of your city.  


Тематики: death museumNovosibirsk Museum of World Funeral Culturefuneralsfuneral culturemuseum

08.06.2011





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