(KZN.RU, June 1, Zilya
Gayfi). At the International Children's Day the Mayor of Kazan visited the
Museum of Happy Childhood, nostalgically remembered his school years and left his
hockey helmet and stick as a gift to the museum.
Museum of Happy Childhood has been opened this spring in the ХIХ
century mansion near the Bauman
Street. As the Museum of the Socialist Lifestyle it
is the one in Russia, opened
in memory of the Soviet Union era.
The room at the first
floor of the museum is almost entirely filled with exhibits on the Soviet
childhood. A special feature of the museum is that it is completely interactive
- visitors can wear red ties and knitted hats, flip any books, sit on bikes and
jingle toys. Picking up a bottle of "Soviet" champagne filled with trifle,
Ilsur Metshin nostalgically remembered his own childhood. "Whenever I went
to the store, I used to ask the saleswoman to give me back a trifle. Coming
home I used to put it in the bottle and collected there from 193 to 197 rubles. After collecting
a certain amount with my brothers, we have bought a tape recorder
"Mayak-205" - told the mayor.
On the second floor of
the museum there are slot machines and "Labyrinth of Life", which is
a several rooms filled with articles of 70-80’s. There are also numerous gifts
from famous people - Alexey Kortnev, Diana Arbenina, Guus Hiddink, Sergei
Shnurov, Iosif Kobzon and others. Here they left toys, musical instruments,
objects of school life with autographs
as a gift to Kazan
city. Ilsur Metshin have also left his
autograph on a hockey helmet and stick.
Head of the city,
inspired by this visit, said that the Museum of the Happy Childhood now is a
new tourist highlight of Kazan.
"Our childhood really was happy. An excursion into history through this exhibits
gives an opportunity to plunge into the world of the Soviet childhood. We have
to lead here our children to show what
toys their parents played. The Soviet Union
was the great country, but the toys were all the same. I'm sure there will be a
lot of visitors, "- said Ilsur Metshin. The museum's director, in his turn,
thanked the head of the city for all the support to the museum.