According to records, the collection consists of 1499 items in the main and 319 items in scientific and additional funds. It was started in the late 19th – early 20th century. The earliest acquisitions date back to 1889. Among the suppliers were mainly private individuals Usov E. S., Skalozubov N. L., Davidovsky A. G., Chekushina M., Mikhailov A. A. and others. In the 1950-80-ies collecting merchandise items from ordinary people became more active. The majority of the items received by the Museum in those years were brought from household and historical expeditions to the agricultural districts of Tyumen region by the Museum staff Subbotina, V. A., V. Gruzdeva V.G., Syrkina I. A. and others.

The collection consists of everyday items used by peasants and townspeople in 19th – the second half of the 20th century. These are various utensils and kitchenware, cutlery, samovars, bells, lighting devices, forging craft items, as well as equipment for hunting and fishing. They can be used in exhibitions on the history of Siberia and Tobolsk, the history of Orthodoxy, the Tobolsk exile and penal servitude, military history of the 20th century, about the Royal family’s stay in Tobolsk, the history of the Tobolsk merchants and others.




Copper cookware made at the Demidov’s and Osokin’s Urals factories in the 2nd half of the 18th century is of great interest. These are copper measurements for wine, flasks, cups, copper cups, flagons and loving cups (wine bowls).

There are also metal church utensils: marriage crowns, stamps for communion bread, donation mugs, Church plates and dishes, sanctuary lamps, candlesticks, and thurible. Among the memorial items, it is possible to single out the chains of the Tobolsk Metropolitan Philotheus Leschinsky, which he wore under his clothes. All of these items came to the Museum in the 1920-30-ies from the church archives, local churches and from individuals. Among the memorial items the special significance is attributed to the items belonging to the Royal family (coronation mug, a bell cast for their donation, a plaque commemorating the visit of the Tobolsk Museum by the crown Prince Nicholas Alexandrovich in 1891), Decembrist M. A. Fonvizin’s things (plate holder, oil lamp, fireplace door), the objects belonging to the founder of the Tobolsk Museum I. N. Ushkov, the cane knob, which belonged to Tobolsk artist M. S. Znamensky’s father, a writing equipment from the office of the Siberian Governor, D. I. Chicherin.

Interesting things arrived in the 1920s from Tobolsk convict prison # 1: chains, handmade convicts’ knives, prison branding irons, files, knives fragments, shivs and other handmade tools seized from prisoners during the searches by the prison administration in 1907-1917.





1. Small copper cup with a Slavonic inscription along the edge. 1740-1760.

2. Copper Cup. With relief depiction of birds. 1740-1760.

3. Flagon. Copper saucepan with a lid and a handle. The Demidov factories in the Urals. 1740-1760.

4. Wine bowl. The pot with relief pattern and inscription along the edge: "Good man’s Bratina" 18th century.

5. Glass with cover and "Sibir" stamps on the bottom. The Demidov factories in the Urals. 1740-1760.

6. Red copper jar with screw cap-stack. 1740-1760.

7. Tobolsk convict prison supervisor badge. 19th century.

8. Tobolsk convict prison supervisor badge. 1850-1900.

9. Copper nickel-plated samovar on a square base in the shape of a vase with festoons. "Somov Brothers ". The 2nd half of the 19th century.

10. Tavern copper measurement for wine with the inscription: "1/4 of bucket". 19th century.


The irons in the Museum's ethnographic collection

Ironing devices existed since ancient times. The first irons were very different from   those we use now. The presence of iron in the house testified to the prosperity and welfare of the owners. Irons were decorated with various ornaments, inlaid with copper and silver. They were passed down from mother to daughter.




11. Copper iron. Coal container closes with a sliding valve. Decorated with engraved designs. Russia. 1890-1920. Copper, casting. 18,2x10,5x18 cm

12. The objects of everyday peasant life of the Tobolsk district of the 19th - early 20th century Collected by student camping groups of schools № 1, 3, 10, 15 in the summer of 1977 Cast-iron iron with ornament around the perimeter. The mark "Z-d 202". Russia. 1900-1950. Metal, casting, length 18 cm

13. Cast –iron steam iron with hinged lid. The mark "ICLS". Russia. 1870-1900. Cast iron, casting, length. 21 cm

14. Cast-iron iron. The ends of the rectangular handle are based on elevation, decorated with relief pattern of complex-shaped leaves with the inscription: "Ural, Kasli, no.3" between. Collected in Tobolsk. Russia, early 20th century. Cast iron, casting. Length 15.5 cm.

15. Steam iron. Flip cover with auto lock. The body of the iron is from white metal. Brand: IAF. Russia. 1890-1940. White metal, casting. Height 20 cm.

16. Cast-iron iron with twisted handle.  "N. I. Shch" mark. Russia. 1850-1900. Cast-iron, casting. 12,5x17,8 cm.

17. Cast-iron steam iron. Ornamented cover complicated with bell. One hole at the rear is closed with round shutter with a dimensional number "6 1/2". Russia. 1900-1917. Cast iron, casting. Height 17 cm . length 18 cm

18. Cast-iron iron to iron linen. Russia, early 20th century. Cast iron, casting. 15,1х14,5 cm

19. Iron. Russia. 1890-1910. Cast iron, casting. 12,2х17,5x8,5 cm

20. Brass coal iron. Russia, early 20th century. Cast iron, wood, casting. 18,X20,9 cm