The Natural and History Museum of the City of Bendery
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The Natural and History Museum of the City of Bendery

The Natural and History Museum of Bendery - one of the oldest museums in the region - opened in 1914. The idea for the creation of the museum and its founder was Baron A.F. Stewart, the head of the provincial authorities. For a long time the museum had a natural history focus. Then, in the early 1960s, the museum's history department opened.

Today The Natural and History Museum of Bendery has a rich collection of nature and history. It has branches with separate exhibitions: the Museum of Fighting Glory of a City, a Museum of Glory of Railwaymen, a Memorial Museum of the Bendery Tragedy, and the Museum of Fighting Glory of Village Сhitсani.

Items in the museum are held in 60,000 units of storage. These are the largest (Ilya-there needs to be a reference here as to the largest of what-is it the largest in the country or in the region or in Europe?)collections on zoology, botany, entomology, palaeontology, ethnography, numismatics, photos and the documents reflecting a centuries-old city history and its surrounding natural environment. There are many unique items including:

Antique amphoras of the 4th century B.C.


Antique amphoras of the 4th century B.C.


The Gets Bowl IV - 2nd century B.C.


Original ancient hand-written books


Copperware of an epoch of the Middle Ages


Instruments of labour and life subjects


A medieval oak-made boat from the 15th century found on the bank of the Dniester River near the city of Bendery


Fragment of a marble slab from the main gate of the Bendery fortress of the 15th century.


As a whole, the museum has the classical characteristics of a museum where a complex assortment of items are collected.

The museum's consists of 13 halls with the following sections: natural, urban, and border ecology; archaeological excavations in the city; Bendery during the Middle Ages epoch; development of capitalism and its origin in the revolutionary liberation movement; history of Bendery during the Romanian intermilitary period; the Second World War and clearing the city of Nazi aggressors; restoration and development of the city during the post-war period; the city's contemporary history.

   
Sovetskaya str., 40, Bendery, MD3200, Pridnestrovie, Moldova. tel. +373-552-28839, benderymuseum@gmail.com
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