Cinema Museum of Valery Rubtsov

Novgorod region

Contact information

Veliky Novgorod, ul. Rogatitsa, building 16/21

Tel.: +7 (816) 263-79-72

Operating hours

From 11:00 to 19:00

Monday, Tuesday: Closed

Museum founder

Valery Rubtsov



About museum

This is the first private museum dedicated to the history of cinema in Russia. The cinema museum is located a five-minute walk away from Yaroslav’s Courtyard, in the “House of the Philistine P. L. Butuzova, 19th century”, a two-story cultural monument of regional importance.

The collection of the cinema museum contains a huge number of unique exhibits of a variety of 20th century cinema equipment from the USSR and other countries–more than 120 cameras, dozens of projectors, editing tables, boxes, and many other things.

There is also accompanying past entourage equipment at the cinema museum. An extensive library contains books about cinema from the beginning of the twentieth century, posters, magazines, newspapers, tickets, and many other things. The museum has several personal film archives of famous actors, projectionists, and cosmonauts.

On March 1, 2018, the first floor of the cinema museum was opened to visitors in a historical building of the 19th century in Veliky Novgorod.

The “Black and White of the Great Silence” exhibition is dedicated to the history of cinema in the first half of the twentieth century. Here you can learn more about the stages of the creation of cinema and see unique exhibits, from “magic lanterns” to the first movie cameras and projectors with a narrow format.

Later, the second floor of the museum was opened, where the “I am a Film Lover” exhibition, which tells about the history of film lovers in the USSR, is presented. Here you can see absolutely all models of amateur cameras produced in the Soviet Union. Visitors can look into the movie lovers’ room of the 60s, visit the department of film equipment in the Soviet store and visit the children’s corner.

On the second floor there is the “STARCITY” cinema hall, where old and modern films are shown within the framework of film clubs.

There are two exhibitions between the floors: the “Stars in Stores” exhibition, where you can see postcards and souvenir cards from the 1930s-1980s with the images of actors of Soviet cinema, and the “Made in the USSR” exhibition, which gives a brief history of domestic photographic equipment.