Yakutsk Permafrost Museum

Father Frost's residence
Father Frost’s residence. Yakutsk Permafrost Museum

One of the most interesting places in northern Russia is Yakutsk Permafrost Museum, opened in the old tunnel near Yakutsk. This tunnel was drilled in 1989 and was intended for food storage. Later it was closed as unnecessary, but in 2008 it was acquired by a local travel agency. Now it is a unique dungeon, with the eternally low temperature of ​​minus 10.5 degrees all-year-round. The museum walls are covered with frost, and the ground is riddled with ice veins. The excursion starts traditionally – so that the visitors get warm in the kingdom of eternal cold, they are met with ice shot glasses of vodka.

Residence of Ded Moroz (Santa Claus)
Residence of Ded Moroz (Santa Claus)

Residence of Ded Moroz (Santa Claus). According to the owners of the museum, once a year, here comes Ded Moroz from Great Ustyug to share experiences with the local Lord of the Cold Chyskhaan

According to the owners of the museum, once a year, here comes Ded Moroz from Great Ustyug to share experiences with the local Lord of the Cold Chyskhaanю

The territory is divided into several different rooms and spaces, each of which decorated with ice sculptures. For children there is the residence of Ded Moroz (Santa Claus), and for adults – a bar where vodka is served in ice shot glasses.

ceremonial hall
ceremonial hall

The complex has a ceremonial hall, which was created for blessing and purification rites, the ice swans symbolize purity in Yakut mythology and marital fidelity – in European culture

Sculptures from Game of Thrones
Sculptures from Game of Thrones
Wall lighting and sculpture
Wall lighting and sculpture
Paleontological Museum
Paleontological Museum
Ice maze
Ice maze
Ice Age cartoon animals
Ice Age cartoon animals
Hall in honor of Russian diamonds
Hall in honor of Russian diamonds
Cartoon animal
Cartoon animal
Ice bed
Ice bed
Ice bar
Ice bar
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