The non-profit cultural organization “V.A.Zakharov Museum of the History of Cold Weapons”

Ryazan Oblast

Contact information

Ryazan, Dzerjinsky St.,32.

Tel.: +7 (491) 296-60-68


Operating hours

Tue: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

(only group tours, by appointment)

Wed-Sat: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Sun: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Mon: closed

Ticket price

Adults – 200 RUB

School and higher education students, seniors, military veterans¹ – 150 RUB

Children under 6 years old, children from large families, orphans, disabled people, Heroes of the Soviet Union and of the Russian Federation, the Great Patriotic War veterans¹ – free admission.

Audio guide – 200 RUB

Guided group tours:²

Groups of 5-10 people – 100 RUB per person

Groups of 10-25 people – 50 RUB per person

Group leaders³ – free admission


1 – to get the discounted ticket please provide supporting documents.

2 – in addition to the ticket price.

3 – one tour leader to accompany 10 participants (students)

Founder of the museum

Vitaly Alexandrovich Zakharov (1953-2016)

Director of the museum

Anna Vladimirovna Adiatullina-Starostina



About museum

The museum started with Vitaly Alexandrovich Zakharov’s private collection of more than twenty years. He believed that one of the most important goals in his life was to pass on the history of the country to the younger generations, to teach people to see it through the prism of time, and to collect the knowledge and experience of past generations.

As a very passionate man, he spent a lot of time on his collection, gathering not only old weapons but also antiquities. The collection grew rapidly until one day it outgrew the home and the heart of its founder. That’s how the idea of the museum was born. In 2012, the museum was opened in the city of Salavat, Bashkortostan. Over the next four years, the museum grew quickly and more and more historical topics were added to its collection. That’s how a single blade became the beginning, the center of the story, and the history of our country and the whole world.

After the death of the founder in 2016 his heirs continued his work and in 2018 “V.A.Zakharov Museum of the History of Cold Weapons” found its second home in Ryazan.

The museum presents a vast collection of cold weapons from various ages: “The Patriotic War of 1812”, “Cossack History”, “Cold Weapons of the Soviet Land” “The Great Patriotic War, 1941-1945”, and “The World’s Cold Weapons”. History comes to life in the stories of people’s lives and the stories of the objects that once belonged to them: paintings, drawings, clothes, books, awards, and items of military apparel.