Novosibirsk is a cultural centre of Siberia. The city is known by theatrical art, great music culture, handicrafts and folk groups, creative unions and associations. The cultural life of the city is widely represented by the variety of art galleries and museums. Many big cultural events take place in Novosibirsk: for example, International Christmas Festival.

Novosibirsk State
Academic Opera
& Ballet House

36 Krasny Prospekt,
Novosibirsk, 630099, Russia
Tel: +7 3832 22-59-99

The Novosibirsk Opera House is an architectural marvel in itself. It is the largest in Russia (it's space is 65000 square meters more than that of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow!) and among the largest in the world! Its first theatrical season was opened on May, 12th - during the days when all the country celebrated victory in the Second World War. During the war, the exhibits from world-famous museums of Moscow (Tretyakovskaya Gallery), Leningrad (Hermitage), Novgorod, Sevastopol and other Soviet cities were kept and saved here. At present, the Theater houses two permanent ballet and opera companies, well-known throughout the world.

Novosibirsk State Philharmonic Society

Novosibirsk State Philharmonic Society – large concert organization. Each month it performs about 60 concerts at various halls in the city. Currently, Novosibirsk State Philharmonic Society represents more than 20 creative teams, including: Novosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, "Filarmonica" quartet, Vocal ensemble "Markell’s Voices", Jazz Band "Siberian dixieland" and others.


Academgorodok was founded in 1957. It located twenty kilometers south of the city center Novosibirsk, on the right bank of the Ob Sea. Is one of the most important scientific and educational centers in Russia. On the territory of Akademgorodok work dozens of research institutes, the Presidium of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk State University, Physics and Mathematics School.

Novosibirsk Planetarium

Novosibirsk Planetarium – a unique structure, which is competitive to the Moscow Planetarium. Its main functions are educational and scientific work. Also it is the base for children's Astrophysics Centre.

The total area of the planetarium – 7.5 hectares, in addition to the main building Center for Astrophysics, it includes astronomical park, tower Foucault, playground. Planetarium building has original design resembling alien’s spaceship.

The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was built in 1897 (one of the first stone-buildings of the city), but by 1937 was closed. In 1988 it was decided to give the Cathedral back to the Russian Orthodox church, and by 1992 it was fully reconstructed.

The Chapel of St. Nikolai

In 1915, in honor of the 300-year anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty, The Chapel of St. Nikolai was built and served as a symbolic center of the Russian Empire. During the years of communism the chapel was destroyed; and later became the site for a Stalin monument, which has been destroyed after the exposure of the Stalin personality cult. The Chapel was restored for the celebration of the city's 100-year anniversary and as before it bears the name of St. Nikolai.

The Regional Museum of Local Lore, History and Economy

23 Krasny Prospekt,
630099, Russia

The Museum presents the history and ethnography of Siberia. Some of the expositions are: A Thousand Year Panorama of Siberia, The Native People of Siberia, The Region at the End of XIX Century/ Mode of Life, The History of Novonikolaevsk Beginning, A Fashion in XIX century, Development of Siberia in XVI-XIXc and During the Soviet Period. The Siberian Flora and Fauna expositions include: Nature, Birds, Insects, Fish and Aquarium, and Geology + Magic Stone World - Siberian and Far East stones, from the collection of The Mining Institute.

Museum of the Sun

11a Ivanova St.,
630055, Russia
Tel: +7 3832

For over 10 years in Akademgorodok there exists a somewhat unique Museum of the Sun. It is the only museum in the world where, thanks to the efforts of its founder and director Mr. Valery Lipenkov, they have collected various images of the Sun - embossments, embroideries, carvings from various materials, etc. - totaling over 350 objetes d'art. Each image has its unique character and, most certainly, history. The basis of the museum was a private collection of images of the Sun and Sun gods of the ancient civilizations, made in wood following archeological findings.

State Art Museum

Novosibirsk State Art Museum is the largest museum of the city and one of the best cultural centers of Siberia. The exposition includes samples of ancient Russian art, works of famous Russian artists as D.Levitsky, V.Borovikovsky, K.Bryullov, I.Repin, I.Levitan, I.Shishkin,V.Surikov, I. Mashkov, R. Falk, K.Petrov-Vodkin, P.Konchalovsky. The museum has a rich collection of Western European and Russian engraving, sculpture collection, antique casts, samples of Russian and Soviet arts and crafts.

Zoological Garden

71/1 ul. Timiryazeva,
630055, Russia

Zoological Garden is situated in a beautiful forested park. The Novosibirsk Zoo keeps 4000 animals of 399 species. More than 120 species are entered into the Red Book. A zoological team participates in 32 international programs on preservation and reproduction of rare and endangered species. The Novosibirsk Zoo has contact with more than 100 Zoos in the world and is a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is the only Zoo entered into the International Directors Union. Among all the world's Zoos, only the Novosibirsk Zoo possesses the unique argali and Putoransky ram.

Museum "Siberian Birchbark"

Museum "Siberian Birchbark" – the world's only museum of modern birchbark art. The museum has a unique collection of more than 200 items of arts and crafts from birchbark professional artists of Siberia. The museum was opened on 27 June 2002 in a wooden house built in 1917, which is now an architectural monument of the city of Novosibirsk.