Yeltsin Presidential Center will be opened in Ekaterinburg on November, 25, 2015 to mark the beginning of a new political tradition in Russia. The primary mission of the Center is to keep the historical heritage of the first Russian President and his epoch. The core of the Center is the museum equipped with the newest multimedia technologies that help to vividly present the documents, archive photos and artefacts of the 90-s.
The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the institution of the Russian presidency and the development of civil society, democratic institutions and the rule of law. The Yeltsin Center was founded in 2009 in Ekaterinburg, Russia, in accordance with federal law No. 68 of 13 April 2008, «On Centers for the Historical Legacy of Presidents of the Russian Federation Who Have Stopped Exercising Their Powers».
The center also has a branch in Moscow. The mission of the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center is to preserve, study, and present to the public the historical legacy of the first president of the Russian Federation. It regularly organizes exhibits and conferences about Boris Yeltsin's life and work, as well as on Russian and world history at the end of the 20th century. The Center's complex includes a museum, exhibition and conference space and a branch of the Yeltsin Presidential Library.
The Yeltsin Center also supports activities in the following areas: Education, Culture, Youth, Intemational, Humanitarian Cooperation, Publishing, Literary Awards.
First presidential center in Russia
Yeltsin Center in Ekaterinburg is the first presidential center in Russia.
Boris Yeltsin was born in the Urals, and Ekaterinburg, selected as domicile by family of the first Russian president, turned out to be the city which matured the first president of Russia as a political leader.
The mission of Yeltsin Center and Museum is historic preservation, enlightenment, education, and upbringing.
Museum of the first Russian president Boris Yeltsin is unconventional, being an innovative display by its scope, artifacts and solutions. The scope of changes related to Boris Yeltsin, as well as the scale of his personality required non-trivial solutions.
Documents related to activities of dignitaries usually were stored in secure archives, ad museums in their name were somber ceremonial propaganda memorials. To show contemporary Russian history, some fundamentally new approaches were required, and therefore implemented into Yeltsin Center concept.
Presentation of The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center. Video clip
The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center
Experience accumulated by presidential archives and museums globally was used to create Yeltsin Center. At the same time, this is an innovative project by its scope, content, dimensions and emotional abundance.
The Museum is an integrity built up following the rules the dramatic art. One of concept-makers was film director Pavel Lungin. Exhibits unfold before visitors of the Museum as a movie. Everything falls into line with the sole idea, be it sounds, lighting, layout of exhibits or video narrative.
Display starts with ‘labyrinth of history’ introducing visitors with social and political context of XXth century. Lack of this context makes it impossible to understand, still less evaluate how essential the changes were by Boris Yeltsin and his adherents.
The route passes through a chain of halls, each related to a specific critical point in political life of the country and its leader, meaning economic reforms of 1992, The October Events of 1993, The Checnya war, elections in 1996.
Archive and library
Archive and library are not solely a collection of documents and photos accessible to experts only, but an open holding for everyone interested in Boris Yeltsin and his epoch.
Yeltsin ever-growing archive embraces dozens of thousands of various documents, such as president’s verbatim records with handwritten proofreading notes, plans and time schedules of trips, letters of confirmation, draft notes, letters from electorate, photos…
Any historical material is allowed to work with, take notes and make copies. Many of these documents from Yeltsin archive are not at all a matter of state secret, yet have not been introduced into scientific use. They are waiting for their researcher.
An educational center will operate within Yeltsin Center. To manage this, the project includes a series of lecture halls with full set of cutting edge equipment.
Educational center is a platform easily adjusted for any projects and designed for lectures, workshops, educative games and various informal educational activities.
Children’s Center is a purpose designed environment with the opportunity to combine education and games, diversion and upbringing.
Development center is organized to suit all ages of visitors. Bearing the same educative, educational and upbringing targets, the center comes with facilities and solutions which allow including babies, junior schoolchildren and adolescents into this process.
Yeltsin Center is growing into a place where the style of life of a modern family is formed, with family members being able to find food for thoughts and intellectual leisure, as well as the way to join adult interests and children’s needs.
Yeltsin Center is a new part of urban environment
This is a multi-purpose conference hall with modular rooms to suit a range of various work formats.
Yeltsin Center is a new part of urban environment. The activities go beyond the walls to open air.
The foreside of Yeltsin Center is an innovative media system with the functions to transmit narrative, movies, concerts, and broadcast events. The adjacent square facing the main entrance also offers scope for the most creative ideas.