AskUral.com Hello! My name is Luba. I can show you my Yekaterinburg and Middle Urals in Russia!

10Oct/180

Soviet Datcha Museum in Yekaterinburg

IMG_20181005_121749

The word ‘Datcha’ has become international and these days most of the tourists who come to Russia know what a datcha means. Now in Yekaterinburg you can visit a small area with real Soviet datchas in the western suburbs of the city in the direction of the border of Europe and Asia.

IMG_20181005_121302

IMG_20181005_121034

Sasha Tsarikov, a radio DJ and a journalist from Yekaterinburg turned his datcha into a museum of a Soviet lifestyle and welcomes visitors to see this tiny district that will possibly disappear in the near future. To the Soviet people a datcha meant more than just a small piece of land where they could grow some vegetables. It was their private corner as privacy was something hard to get in the USSR of the 1930s-1940s. In the 1950s everything changed with a datcha, though historians still debate about why exactly Stalin allowed the people to own datchas.

Sasha Tsarikov, the creator of the Soviet Datcha Museum

Sasha Tsarikov, the creator of the Soviet Datcha Museum

In the USSR it was very difficult to find materials for building a house that’s why people had to become really creative. They used everything they could find, steal or trade at their work places: railway slippers, frames of the bus windows and doors of the same old buses. For the same reason all the datcha houses used to be painted in green or blue color. The only place to buy a paint or exchange it ifor a bottle of vodka was a military base and the military bases used only green and sometimes blue paint.

Greenhouse made of the train doors and bus window-frames

Greenhouse made of the train doors and bus window-frames

DSCF0583

For his datcha Sasha collected old Soviet furniture and items of decoration. Many of his friends and listeners from the radio liked the idea of the Museum of the Soviet Datcha and donated their personal belongings for the collection. Technically it’s possible to stay overnight at the datcha – it has a bed and an oven but mostly it’s for visiting, for taking photos and for trying the berries and vegetables of the locals. They are really proud of their crop. Plus you will hear interesting stories and facts about the life in the USSR.

IMG_20181005_122211

IMG_20181005_122743

The location of the datcha is really good – it’s a 20min drive from the city center and if you come in winter Sasha promises to keep you warm with a home-made liquor. But hurry up as the developers of Yekaterinburg have a plan to demolish the datchas by 2023!

You can contact the museum of the Soviet Datcha via the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/dachamuseum/

or book a tour here: https://yekaterinburg4u.ru/en/tours/soviet-datcha-tour

IMG_20181005_131040

DSCF0606

Similar Posts:

Yakutsk - Oymyakon - Magadan. The World's Coldest Road Trip in Winter 2013 - 2014.

Comments (0) Trackbacks (0)

No comments yet.


Leave a comment


No trackbacks yet.