Samokat Museum of Unusual Bicycles, a private cultural institution

Yaroslavl Oblast

Contact information

Yaroslavl region, Uglich, Olga Berggoltz St., 30

Tel.: +7 (910) 963-45-33, +7 (910) 662-30-32

Operating hours

10:00-18:00 daily

Ticket price

Visiting the museum without a tour guide (viewing the exposition, riding the exhibits, taking photos and videos):

Adults – 300 roubles.

Children (5 to 14 years old) – 250 roubles.

Children up to 5 years of age – free of charge.

Visiting the museum with a tour guide (guided tour, seeing the exhibits, riding on exhibits, photography and videotaping):

Adults – 350 RUB.

Children (5 to 14 years old) – 300 roubles.

Children up to 5 years of age – free of charge.

The founder, the owner and the director of the museum

Kondakov Sergei Borisovich



About museum

The idea of creating the museum came to Sergey Kondakov a long time ago. He is a big fan of bicycles, and every time he travels around he started to bring back a souvenir with a picture of a bicycle on it. Gradually his collection lacked space on a shelf in the house and he had to build an extension to the banya. Then quite large bicycles appeared – Kondakov placed them in the yard of his private house. Just five years ago, he moved his entire collection to a museum specially created for him in the city. Being an ordinary museum worker in an ancient city with 15 major museums, including the Uglich Kremlin, is a lot of competition and can be boring. That is when he had an idea to turn the museum into a club, where today everyone can not only look at the exhibits, but also try them out and experience the atmosphere of the XIX century by riding an antique bicycle.

The museum’s activities include the preservation of unusual bicycles to educate various groups of the population, as well as education, research, storage and preservation of valuable museum items, identification and collection of museum items, publication and display of museum collections.

A special place in our museum activities belongs to lessons on traffic and history with children from educational and other organizations. We constantly organize games and educational programmes for children, as well as for people with disabilities and pensioners. (New Year’s eve, birthdays, children’s parties, concerts and other events). The museum also supports young cyclists.

The exhibition consists of more than 50 historical and modern models of bicycles and scooters, clearly demonstrating the evolution of our two-wheeled friend from the primitive modes to the best examples of modern bicycles. Anyone can learn the history of the bicycle with a guide or on their own. Visitors get acquainted with the first bicycles and the legendary “Spiders”, forged bicycles and the well-known “Tourist” and “Start-Highway” models. The visit is accompanied by video clips and quizzes.

The museum’s curator, Vasiliy Samokatov, is a fictional image of a man who tells the story of the bicycle and runs entertainment and games on traffic rules and history for guests. Vasiliy Samokatov has become a friend to the visitors.