There are 5 large museums in Petrozavodsk and the National Museum of the Republic of Karelia is one of the most interesting and informative. The exchange students of PetrSU have recently visited it in order to get acquainted with history, nature and tourist sights of Karelia before studying these topics on the Russian language courses. The excursion was conducted in Russian as all students in the group speak the language well enough. They perfectly understood the guide, asked him questions and shared impressions with each other.
While moving from one museum hall to another, the students learned why there were so many lakes in Karelia, were told about the natural resources of the republic, petroglyphs and mysterious labyrinths on the shores of the White Sea.
One of the halls was devoted to the Middle Ages and foundation and development of Petrozavodsk. While sharing impressions the students mentioned that they became very interested in the story about Karelian red quartzite slab. It weighted 300 tones and was presented as a gift to France by the Emperor Nicholas I and then put on the grave of Napoleon. They were deeply impressed by the fact that such a big stone was transported by land to France in the middle of the 19th century without any special technical devices.
Also, there were a lot of questions about Peter the Great, the founder of Petrozavodsk, and about the streets of the city, how they were called in the past and how they looked like.
The excursion ended with a joyful photo session: the visitors could try on the helmet of the medieval-era Russian soldier and hold the pieces of fighting equipment: axe, sword and shield.
On their way back to the university the students asked the teacher if they could go to the Kizhi Museum, and how far was the White Sea shore with its labyrinths, which means that the excursion to the National Museum was a success!