Culture and tourism

Kursk Regional Museum of Local History. On March 14 (according to a new style, March 27), 1903, the Kursk Historical, Archaeological and Artisanal Museum was established in memory of visiting to the town of Kursk by Imperial Majesty Nikolai Aleksandrovich in 1902 . The Kursk governor N.N. Gordeev was an initiator, an active participant in the creation of the museum and the donor of many museum items. The museum was created on donations from individuals, purchases of exhibits at exhibitions and in antique shops of St. Petersburg and Moscow. The museum received its first visitors in 1905. Currently, the exposition is located in two departments: nature and history. Over 350,000 museum items are kept in the museum and its branches. In the collection of the museum there are items of ancient Russian art, unique ethnographic samples, typological objects of noble and peasant life, antique porcelain, painting of the18th-20th centuries, samples of weapons, art metal, traditional folk costumes, Kursk carpets, samples of Soviet vexillology, personal files of famous and ordinary citizens of Kursk.

More than 33,000 items of numismatics, over 25,000 copies of rare books, about 110,000 original documents and photographs, almost 9,000 pieces of precious metals are in the exposition and storehouses of the museum and its branches. The regional museum of local lore and its 30 branches annually are visited by 300,000 people. The museum association includes 16 regional museums of local lore; 5 military-historical ones: the historical-memorial museum of the «Central Front», the historical-memorial museum «KP of the Voronezh Front», the military history museum «Young Defenders of the Motherland», the museum of partisan glory «Big Oak», the Ponyrovsky Historical and Memorial Museum of the Battle of Kursk ; 6 memorial museums: the museum «Manor of AA. Fet «, the memorial museum of the composer G.V. Sviridov, house-museum of the writer and front-line soldier K.D. Vorobyov, the museum of N.V. Plevitskaya, memorial museums of N.N. Aseev and A.P. Gaidar, as well as the Literary Museum, the Museum «Historical and Cultural Center» Korennaya Pustyn» and the Planetarium.

Kursk State Regional Museum of Archeology The Kursk State Regional Museum of Archeology was established on September 29, 1993 and became the first independent archeological museum in the territory of European Russia, the main purpose of which is comprehensive study and preservation of archaeological monuments and popularization of the historical heritage of the Kursk region. On the basis of the museum there is a permanent Gochevskaya ancient Russian archaeological expedition headed by the museum director G.Yu. Starodubtsev. The objects, found during the field research, replenish museum funds, now numbering about 140,000 items. The most interesting finds are presented in the permanent exposition of the museum, dedicated to different periods of the history of the Kursk region from the Stone Age to the era of the late Middle Ages. Since 2012, the permanent exhibition «Gold of the Huns» has been working for visitors, which displays visitors a complex of unique finds from the burial of the leader of the era of the Great Migration of Nations. In April 2006, KSRMA obtained a branch, a historical and ethnographic museum (Pryamitsyno settlement, Oktyabrsky district). The fund of the branch totals about 2,500 units of storage, some of which are exhibited in three halls of permanent exposition (historical and archaeological, ethnographic, modern history). The Kursk State Regional Museum of Archeology is conducting an active research work, which allows the museum to become one of the leading scientific centers of studying the distant past of the «nightingale» land. Its employees participate in the work of Russian and international conferences, symposia and congresses. The Museum held a number of thematic scientific conferences, in the work of which archaeologists and historians from research and training centers of various regions of Russia and Ukraine took part. As a result of the conferences, collections of scientific papers appeared, which aroused great interest among archaeologists and historians dealing with various aspects of the history of South-Eastern Europe. Educational activity is one of the main directions of the museum’s work. Tours, lectures, historical-cognitive games and mass events conducted by the museum are visited annually by about 46,000 people. Every year, the list of events that have become traditional is supplemented with new forms of work: folklore holidays museum quests, crossbow-shooting gallery and interactive excursions are available for visitors. The museum works 7 days a week and without a break.

Kursk Regional Scientific Library named after N.N. Aseev. The regional library was opened to readers on May 16, 1935. Its opening was greeted with a telegram of N.K. Krupskaya. During the war, library funds were partially evacuated to Sarapul, Udmurtia. A month after the liberation of the town of Kursk from the Nazis, on March 13, 1943, the library resumed its work. In March 1965, by a decree of the Council of Ministers of the RSFSR, the Kursk Regional Library was named after the famous poet, Nikolai Nikolaevich Aseev. The regional library, as the custodian of regional memory, is the largest fundholder of local lore and local publications, which make up the information and resource base for studying the history, socio-economic and cultural development of the region. The universal fund of documents on various carriers is more than 2.5 million units. The pride of the library is the rare books fund, which has more than 19 thousand copies and includes editions of the XVIII, XIX and XX centuries, which have scientific, historical, cultural, artistic and bibliographic value. These are publications on history, philosophy, natural sciences, fiction, encyclopaedic, reference books and periodicals, most of which were published in Russia before 1917. Among them, such publications as «Arithmetic» by AF. Magnitsky (1703), «The Russian merchant and the eminent Rylsky citizen Grigory Shelikhov’s wandering from Okhotsk on the Eastern Ocean to the American shores in 1783» (1791), the first and lifetime editions of works by outstanding scientists, writers, public figures, A. Pushkin, M. Yu. Lermontov, I. S. Turgenev, A. N. Benois, I. G. Ehrenburg, K. M. Simonov, D. I. Mendeleev and many others. Kursk Regional Scientific Library named after N.N. Aseev is a public cultural and information center with the status of the central library of the region with a wide range of opportunities and traditions that have developed over its long history. The library has 16 departments and 9 sectors serving different categories of users. Annually the library serves more than 30 thousand users, including, in the mode of remote access. The technologies of the main library and information processes are automated, access to the world information network of the Internet is made. Annually more than 950 thousand documents are issued from the library’s fund. The library actively creates its own electronic resources: electronic catalogs, bibliographic databases, multimedia publications. Today the library is the center of the cultural life of the local community, an open space for communication, a free exchange of opinions and ideas.

Kursk State Picture Gallery named after A.A. Deineka is one of the notable art museums in Russia. The funds of the gallery contain paintings, sculptures and drawings of Russian and foreign masters of the 16th-21st centuries, objects of folk and decorative and applied art of the XVIII-XX centuries. The picture gallery was opened to the public in 1935. The history of the collection dates back to 1903-1905. The first works of art were received as donations from private individuals, among whom Kursk Governor N.N. Gordeev, a well-known trustee of the museum. However, the true basis of the collection was formed in the years after the revolution. It was mainly made up of paintings from Kursk collections of Baryatinsky, Nelidov, Shvarts, Rebinder. The dedicated art department of the Provincial Museum became known as the Kursk Picture Gallery. The new museum was replenished with works transferred from Moscow and Leningrad and independent acquisitions. Since 1969 the gallery has been named after Alexander Deineka (1899-1969). The Kursk collection of A. Deineka’s works (about 10.00 units of storage) gives a complete picture of all the stages of the master’s work. Deineka’s works from the Kursk Picture Gallery were exhibited in Russia, Austria, Hungary, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Finland, USA, Japan and Italy. Today, the gallery collection has 10,000 items of the main fund. Every year, its visitors are 42 thousand residents and guests of the town.

Kursk Regional House of Folk Art was organized on the basis of the department of amateur arts at the regional department of the arts in October 1937. For seven and a half decades the House has repeatedly changed its name, the essence of its work has always remained unchanged — the practical implementation of state policy in the field of the revival, preservation and development of traditional folk culture, amateur art and cultural and leisure activities. In 2007 the Kursk Regional House of Folk Art was recognized as the best House of Folk Art in the Russian Federation. More than thirty years, the collective of the creative institution is headed by the Honored Worker of Culture of Russia Tatyana Ivanovna Bykanova. Currently, the Regional House of Folk Art is a multifunctional association comprising five departments and four branches: the Glushkov Center for Arts and Crafts, the Pristenskiy Center for Folk Culture, the Samoryadovsky House of Crafts, the Sudzhan Crafts and Crafts Center. In September 2010, at the House of Folk Art, the exhibition hall «Kursk Handicrafts and Crafts» was opened, where a unique collection of traditional handicrafts (Sudzhan ceramics, kozhlyanskaya toy, Glushkov and Dronyaev pottery, samorjadovskoe weaving, etc.) and modern decorative applied art of the Kursk region was collected. Today in the region fruitfully work more than a hundred craftsmen. Twenty-five Kursk artisans were awarded the title of «People’s Master of Russia». At the Kursk Regional House of Folk Art there are five creative collectives: the folk ensemble «Laretz», the folk choir named after S. Chagovets, the veterans’ choir «Frontline friends», the ensemble of dance «Your success», the vocal-jazz group «Sixth Sense». Folk groups and masters of decorative and applied art were represented at festivals and forums both in Russia and abroad: Interregional festival of clay playing toys «Play, Play My Toy» (Tula); Interregional youth contest of crafts «To the heights of skill» (Lipetsk region); XVI International folk festival «Troitsky dances in Oryol Polesye» (Orel region); IV Interregional festival of nationality and historical reconstruction «Malanya» (Belgorod region); IV Interregional Cossack culture festival «Cossack circle» (Belgorod region) and Inter-regional (military) stage of the All-Russian folklore ensemble «Cossack circle» (Yaroslavl); X International Festival of Folklore and Crafts «Twelve Keys» and III Festival of Pottery and Clay Toy «Tales of Grandfather Filimon» (Tula Region); V Interregional Festival of Slavic Art «Russian Field» (Moscow); VII Interregional Festival of Folk Artists and Artists «Sloboda Masterskaya» (Belgorod Region); VI International Festival «Cossack village of Moscow» (Moscow); All-Russian festival-competition of rural folk groups «Native  Places» (Smolensk); Interregional festival of the people’s Cossack culture «Cossacks were getting together» (Orel town); Interregional festival «With rifle and harmony» (Lipetsk region).

Kurskoblkinovideofond (Kursk regional cinema and video fund).  Revival of the sphere of cinema service in Kursk and the region, after the decline of the 1990, began in 2002. Thanks to the policy of the new leadership of the region, the committee on culture of the Kursk region, the film screening was restored in all 28 districts of the region, the network of  municipal cinemas, including Kursk ones, was preserved,  the number of viewers served by municipal cinemas has increased by 4 times (from 150.0 thousand in 2002 to 654.4 thousand in 2016). Since 2011, the Culture Committee of the Kursk region has been implementing a program of modernization the cinema network. Currently, the structure of the sphere of cinematographic services for the population of Kursk and the region includes a film distribution organization (regional budgetary cultural institution «Kurskoblkinovideofond«) and a municipal cinema network consisting of 224 urban and rural cinemas operating on modern digital equipment. Annually, significant funds are allocated from the regional budget for the purchase of new films and videos. In 2016, «Kurskoblkinovideofond» purchased 26 new domestic films, and currently in the funds of the institution are stored and operated about three thousand copies and about two thousand video copies of feature films. Thanks to this in 2016, more than 2.6 thousand premieres of feature films were held at the cinemas of the region; In all, 7.4 thousand films (film programs) were demonstrated. In the Year of Russian cinema, the main emphasis was placed on the modernization of existing and the opening of new cinemas. The main results: film-screen equipment was replaced with video projection equipment at 39 cinemas, more than 70% of  them are equipped with multimedia complexes, attendance of cinema shows increased by 8.8% compared to 2015, and the share of domestic cinema in the municipal film show was more than 70% (67.4% in 2015, the all-Russian indicator is equal to 18.5%). As a result of participation of the municipal cinema entertainment institutions in the competition held by the Film Fund, three cinemas (in Oboyan, Dmitriev, Kurchatov) received 5 million rubles each on the modernization of cinemas and the conversion of modern digital projection equipment. In recent years, in the municipal cinemas of Kursk and the region, large-scale film events were organized and successfully passed: the creative project Open Screen, the Cinema in the Theater project, the Golden Vityaz Film Forum, the Stalker International Film Festival, the Profession Journalist film festival, the film festival «The Big Kursk premiere»; the 100th anniversary of the Russian film industry and the centennial anniversary of the national animation was celebrated, the 100th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding Soviet director-animator, our fellow countryman, B.P. Dezhkin, various projects and events of the thematic year of Russian cinema were realized: «New cinema in the library», «Cinema in the museum», film screenings as part of the International student festival «All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography debut», a festival-competition of amateur short films «My Kursk Region «; regional film festivals «50 best domestic films», the festival of modern Russian animation named after Boris Dezhkin, a cycle of film festivals «Cinema from the Kursk region» about the contribution of famous Kursk inhabitants to the development of cinematography, «Melodies coming off the screen», a series of programs «Music in Cinema» in the All-Russian action «Night of Cinema», the guests of Kurks at these events were the greatest masters of the Russian cinema  Marlen Khutsiev, Larisa Golubkina, Vasily Lanovoy, Larisa Luzhina, Alexander Mikhailov, Yuri Nazarov, Inna Makarova, Alexey Petrenko, Nikolai Boer Igor Starygin, Natalia Krachkovskaya, Valery Garkalin, Evgeny Doga, Vadim Abdrashitov, Lyudmila Ivanova, Leonid Nosyrev, Vladimir Tarasov, Garry Bardin, Nikolai Lebedev, Alexander Mindadze, Svetlana Druzhinina, Anatoly Mukasey and many others. The realization of the creative project «Cinema in the theater» was continued, within the framework of which, in 2016, the premiere of 23 new domestic films took place,  attended by 7,356 spectators.


Kursk State Drama Theater named after A.S. Pushkin firmly occupies one of the leading places in the number of spectators at performances among Russian cities with a population of less than 500 thousand people. The troupe of the theater is being actively replenished by young actors. 



Kursk State Puppet Theater realizes a variety of dramas and possesses a bright directorial and acting potential of access to cultural values. The Committee on Culture carries out a well thought-out pricing policy for theatrical and entertainment institutions. In order to improve the activities of theatrical and entertainment institutions, a set of measures aimed at preserving and developing the theatrical business in the Kursk region for the period until 2020 has been approved since 2011. So, since 2012, the annual grants of the Governor of the Kursk region have been established to create significant projects in the field of theatrical art. In 2016-2017, grants of the Governor of the Kursk region were given for performing of plays, such as the one based on the play of the contemporary author K.Rubina «Babanya» which was given in the amount of 475.0 thousand rubles to the regional budgetary cultural institution «Kursk State Puppet Theater»; another one, based on Ivan Turgenev’s play «A Month in the Village» in the amount of 500,000 rubles to the regional budgetary cultural institution «Kursk State Drama Theater named after Pushkin». In 2017, in the field of theatrical art, the Prize of the Governor of the Kursk Region named after A.P. Burenko was given to the leading stage master, the artist of the regional budgetary cultural institution «Kursk State Puppet Theater» V.A. Kozlov. The staff of the Kursk State Drama Theater named after Alexander Pushkin took part in the 12th International Theater Festival «Compatriots» in Saransk (Republic of Mordovia) with the play «Ordinary History» based on the novel by I. Goncharov, which was performed on the stage of the State Russian Drama Theater. Exchange tours were held by the Kursk State Drama Theater named after A.S. Pushkin with Orel State Academic Drama Theater named after I.S. Turgenev; between Kursk State Puppet Theater and the Belgorod State Puppet Theater, the Vladimir Regional Puppet Theater «The Equal Theater» from Voronezh. On the stage of the Kursk Drama Theater, the State Academic Maly Theater of Russia (Moscow) performed «Vassa Zheleznova» by M. Gorky and «The Power of Darkness» by L. Tolstoy.

The Center for the theatrical work «Rovesnik» ended the 52nd theater season with the premiere of the play based on Ulrich Hub’s play «At the Ark at 8».


The Kursk State Philharmonic has created conditions for creative growth, new groups have been created at the initiative of the committee in various genres, and they are being replenished by promising artists. In summer, concerts of the project «Music for All» took place at the Theater Square. Since 2010, in the framework of the «Open Screen» project, concerts have been held before the cinema shows on the open areas of the Kursk region. The XVII Musical Festival named after G.V. Sviridov, in which the laureates of the Chamber Singing Contest performed accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of the Kursk State Philharmonic Society. Within the framework of the festival there were concerts of the David Oistrakh Quartet in Kursk and the Orlovskiy Chamber Choir «Lik» in Fatezh. At the closing of the festival the performance of the oldest musical collective of the country, the State Academic Choral Chapel of Russia named after A.Yurlov, was held. In the IX Music Festival named after the People’s Artist of the Russian Federation Viktor Gridin, creative collectives and soloists from the different cities of the Russian Federation, like Moscow, Vologda, Rostov-on-Don and Lipetsk took part.. Within the framework of cooperation, there were concerts of groups from the Donetsk Philharmonic; the soloists of the Kursk Philharmonic Society left for the Republic of Belarus (Gomel) with a concert in the Rumyantsev Palace (Gomel Philharmonic).



Tourist potential


Traveling in the Kursk region can become a bright and unforgettable event for the guests of our region. The region has a significant tourist potential, which makes it possible to single out tourism as one of the priority areas for the development of investment activities. On the territory of the region there is a large number of tourist display objects, which due to the developed transport infrastructure are easily accessible for tourists. The main types are business, cultural, cognitive, religious, event tourism.


According to the Federal State Statistics Service, the internal and incoming tourist flow in the Kursk region increased by 27.5% in 2016 compared to 2015.


The infrastructure of tourism in the Kursk region consists of the following main objects:

85 tourist enterprises (tour operators and travel agents) including 7 tour operators;

81 collective accommodation facilities (62 hotels, recreation centers, motels, campsites — 19),

9 health-improving institutions;

22 children’s health camps;

4 exhibition complexes;

10 objects of rural tourism;

more than 1,750 food enterprises;

1 tourist information center;

more than 2.5 thousand people are involved in the tourist industry of the region (employees of tour companies, collective accommodation facilities, sanatorium and resort organizations).


Along with the natural and ecological, historical and cultural potential is of paramount importance in the positioning of the region in the tourism market, determining its competitive advantages.

Today there are more than 4,500 monuments of archeology, architecture, history and monumental art, which are evidences of different periods of the history of the Kursk region, of which 878 objects of regional importance and 114 of federal significance are under state protection.

Religious tourism is one of the main activities of tourist organizations in the region. Thousands of pilgrims come to Kursk to visit Russian shrines and depart from daily fuss. There are domes of 282 operating temples and 7 monasteries on the Kursk land. Religious constructions of other religions have been preserved, such as the Lutheran Church, the Catholic Church, the Assumption Old Believers’ Old Christian Church. You can learn the history of the life of St. Seraphim of Sarov by visiting the Sergiyev-Kazan Cathedral, a masterpiece of Rastrelli architecture, as well as the Resurrection-Elias Church.

The spiritual center of Russia is the monastery «Korennaya Pustyn», based on the location of the icon of the God Mother, «The Sign». The buildings of the XVIII-XIX centuries such as the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin (1860), the Church of the Life-giving Spring (1711), the Kazan Church, hotels, cell buildings, the Church of Iokim and Anna (1864) in Dolgoe village 2 km from the monastery, are preserved.

Korennaya Pustyn is not only the pilgrimage center, it has been the venue of the Kursk Korenskaya Fair since 1618, one of the largest in terms of commodity turnover in Russia. Since 2000, the international fair has attracted thousands of participants from all regions of Russia and neighboring countries. This is the most anticipated annual event for the Kursk residents and guests of the Kursk region. For many pilgrims and tourists, the fair is interesting because it combines the spiritual and secular traditions of sobornost, unity and development.

10 km from the Korennaya Pustyn, on the steep bank of the river Tuskar in the village of Vorobyevka settled the estate of the poet A.A. Fet. In 2016, the reconstruction was completed; the museum-mansion is open for visitors. Since 1986, amateur poets from all over Russia gather for the Fetov Readings  in this picturesque corner in the beginning of July every year.

Every year thousands of tourists visit the open-air museum-town of Rylsk, a historic town-preserve, unique in that its oldest part has preserved its original look through the centuries. It’s a miracle town in its originality. Here are signs of the distant past, like «The House of Peter I», «Shemyaka’s House», the Church of the Ascension of the Lord, the Intercession Cathedral. Rylsk is the birthplace of the explorer of Alaska  and discoverer of Russian America, Grigory Shelikhov.

There are 34 tourist-excursion routes in the region. In 2017, the brand «Kurskaya Duga» was included in the list of the most popular tourist brands in Russia.

The excursion program on the Northern facet of the Kursk Salient has been actively developed in the last 2 years. Three memorial complexes have been built with the involvement of federal funds and investor funds. The memorial «Heroes of the Northern Front of the Kursk Salient» in the village of Ponyri immortalized the names of 34 Heroes of the Soviet Union who fought here. At the strategically important points of the northern facade, at elevations of 275 and 269 meters, the monuments «Teplovskie Heights» and «Poklonnaya Height 269» were erected in a sign that the fascists could not take these objects under their control. On the route there are more than 30 objects of tourist display: military-historical objects, museums, monuments dedicated to the Battle of the Kursk Bulge, located on the territory of Ponyrovsky, Zolotukhinsky, Fatezhsky districts.

Rural tourism is actively developing in the region. On the territory of municipal districts there are 33 tourist routes of historical, cultural, sports and other directions. The guest are received by 10 rural tourism facilities providing overnight accommodation and additional services.

In order to develop event tourism, a regional calendar of events is formed annually, which includes more than 100 events aimed at attracting tourists to the region. Status of the «National Event 2017» was given to 2 events of the Kursk region, XXII International Festival «Jazz Province» (held in November) and the «Nightingale Night at the Fet’s Estate» (May 19, 2017).

The Tourist Information Center based on the Region Tourism Center operates in the Kursk region, as well as the tourist information portal, which allows guests and residents of the region to receive reliable information on tourist services in the Kursk region online. Attendance of this portal is more than 45 thousand people annually. The Kursk Region TIC is included in the Tourism Information Exchange System (TIES).

Welcome to the hospitable Kursk region, Nightingale Area of Russia!