To visit Tyumen and not to visit the homeland of the most mysterious elder in the history of Russia Grigory Rasputin means to come to Paris and not see the Eiffel Tower. Not far from Tyumen, there is a village named Pokrovka, where a friend of the Romanov family, Grigori Rasputin, was born. Here, 45 years later, in 1914 the elder received a second life, surviving after the assassination attempt. And, after another four years, the so-called way to Russian Golgotha laid through this village. The horses, which the imperial family was brought to the place of execution, were re-harnessed at the Rasputin's house. Now there is a memorial on that place. The museum house of Rasputin keeps the story of all those events. That is the first private museum in Russia dedicated to the mysterious elder. The Smirnovs couple founded the museum in 1990. The family house of Grigori Rasputin did not survive; it was demolished in 1980. So it was rebuilt anew – based on photographs and drawings of the original Rasputin house. But its platbands are genuine, and they are more than 100 years old. Personal belongings of the elder’s family such as dishes, furniture, icons – survived too, nowadays forming the museum exposition. Over the years, the collection has been replenished and has more than 5,000 archival documents and unique exhibits. Among them are unique photographs with donative inscriptions, personal notes and letters from Rasputin, shoulder straps from the greatcoat of Nicholas II, coronation plates with the image of the Romanovs couple made in France on the date of their engagement, the hodynka mug and much more. The museum became worldwide popular. Journalists from Russian TV channels, as well as BBC, Munich television, the national television of France, the Brazilian GLOBO film studio came to Pokrovskoe village. In 2010, the museum received a diploma of the National Tourism Award in the category "Best Regional Museum of the Year."
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