Chelyabinsk Arbat (Kirov Street).
Scarlet Field (Aloye Pole) is another favorite recreation place for citizens. It is located in the center Chelyabinsk and has more than a century-long history. In the 1880-s here was a fairground of the city. In the center of the square there used to be a chapel holding religious services in the memory of the great Russian commander Alexander Nevsky. In 1907 a construction of Alexander Nevsky Church began (in honor of Emperor Alexander II), and the area was named Alexandrovskaya Square.
During the events of the first Russian revolution of 1905-1907 the place received the name “Scarlet Field”. Such name is connected with the bloody event which took place in autumn 1905 when a mass labor demonstration at the square was suppressed and many workmen were killed or injured. To commemorate the event, in 1920 the area got the name “Scarlet Field”. During perestroika this place became a venue for mass political rallies.
This Ice Palace hosts the only Russian museum of skating where one can learn about the history of speed skating in Chelyabinsk, Chelyabinsk region, and Russia, as well as the achievements of Chelyabinsk sportsmen at the Olympics and European and World Championships.
Museums and exhibition halls in Chelyabinsk
Chelyabinsk Art Gallery
Chelyabinsk Art Gallery was opened in June 1940.
Today the gallery is a classical universal art museum.
Chelyabinsk Regional Museum of Local Lore, History and Economy was founded in 1923. This is one of the oldest museums in the region and one of the largest repositories of natural science and cultural artifacts of historical and artistic value. The museum fund includes more than 270 thousand items, many of them of national significance.
Chelyabinsk Regional Museum is a unique treasury of historical, cultural and spiritual heritage of the Ural region.
Exhibit Hall of Chelyabinsk Artists Union
The Artists Union Exhibit Hall was opened in Chelyabinsk in 1980. This is one of Russia's largest exhibition halls designed for art vernissage.
Museum of Ural Arts and Crafts
This museum features the famous crafts of the Urals, such as Kasli and Kusa artistic cast iron, Zlatoust steel engraving, stone cutting and jewelry making, hand embroidery art, clay toys, painted trays, South Ural porcelain.
The museum has a unique collection of Kasli and Kusa artistic casting, showing all stages of its development since the beginning of the 19th century to the present day.
Theatres in Chelyabinsk
The theatre was officially opened in 1921, but it became famous after World War II.
In 1973, the theatre was headed by NaumOrlov, one of the most famous directors, People's Artist of Russia. He started a new bright and creative period in theater’s history. In 1986, for its highly creative achievements the theatre received the honorary title of Academic Theatre. The repertoire of the theatre includes classic drama works by Russian and foreign writers (M. Gorky, A. Ostrovsky, A. Chekhov, W. Shakespeare, F. Schiller), as well as pieces by contemporary authors.
The theatre troupe features folk and honored artists of Russia.
Founded in 1988, it is one of the youngest theaters in the city. The theatre is proud of its successful cooperation with theatre directors from other Russian cities and foreign directors from Germany, which resulted in such bright performances as Music Lessons by L. Petrushevskaya, Sherochka and Masherochka by N. Kolyada, Dear Pamela by D. Patrick, The Cabal of Hypocrites by M. Bulgakov, Pygmalionby B. Shaw.
The theatre tours a lot. It has become an initiator of the international theatrical festival of “Camerata”, which features artists from various Russian and foreign theaters.
Chelyabinsk State Puppet Theatre
Chelyabinsk State Theatre for Young Spectators
Chelyabinsk Theatre for Young Spectators was established in 1965. Currently the repertoire includes classical plays and contemporary works and performances for family viewing. The performances touch both adults and young viewers.
The theatre is a constant participant and a frequent award winner in various festivals.
Mannequin appeared in 1960s as a student theatre of pop sketches (Russian abbreviation STEM). In 1970s it became a leading stage for the youth alternative theatre art, and starting from the early 1990s it professes the principles of a “theatre for people”.