Nearest places

Tomsk Polytechnic University (The Main Building)
The TPU was built more than a hundred years ago and it was the first technical higher education institution beyond the Urals, and the architectural ensemble of its buildings was then called the St. Petersburg Corner.
Tomsk Polytechnic University (the 3rd building)
The building number 3 is usually called the Physics Building. In 1923 there was created the first Siberian Scientific Research Institute – the Institute of Applied Physics.
Tomsk Polytechnic University (the 2nd building)
This TPU building (the Chemical building) is the second one in the modern numbering of TPU buildings. It was also built the second – soon after the construction of the Main building.

Museum of TPU History

First room of the Museum of TPU History
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
It was opened in 1986. Here are collected more than 15000 items – some of them are modern, like equipment, photos and university’s awards, while some of them are genuinely unique and even as old as the university itself. To name a few, there are lapties of one of the constructors of first buildings, fragment of the very first front door of the Main building, pre-revolutionary furniture from the TIT principal offices. There is also one of the first TV sets with water lens that was watched by natives of Tomsk back in 1955. It is still functional!
The working desk of three TPI principals: A. A. Vorobyev, I. I. Kalyacky and I. P. Chuchalin
TV set "KVN"  with the lens. Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Every year the Museum of TPU History has more than 9500 visitors. As a comparison, the Tomsk Museum of Local Lore and the Tomsk Museum of Art have about 60000 visitors yearly.
Textbook on chemistry (to the left on the table) from 1910 with 2240 pages. Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Первый сибирский двухместный самолет, построенный в 3-м корпусе ТПУ
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Справа — коллекция нефтей. Слева — макет нефтедобывающей установки
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Supposedly, lapties of a builder, having worked at the construction of the first TPU buildings
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Cabinet of N. N. Urvantsev, one of the TPU professors. Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
The “TPU Tree” – its sides present the landmarks of the TPU development history
The first room, 1896–1990: the «great foxes»
It is a room that keeps the most of the exhibit items, from the textbook on chemistry from 1910 with 2240 pages and the pocketbook of a soldier, wounded in the battles of the Great Patriotic War, on out to models of the first synchrotron and snapper probe in the country. Don’t you know what these devices are? Then you are welcome at the museum. Here you also can “get acquainted” with great engineers – principals, professors and lecturers of the university: see their photographs, and learn about their lives and developments made within the walls of the TPU. By the way, the word “engineer” in French means “to ponder, to play the fox”.
The first principal of the university Efim Zubashev as a smith forging the engineering staff
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Two biggest stands are devoted to the first principal Efim Zubashev, who directed the construction of the university, and to the principal Alexander Vorobyev, who had been managing the university the longest — from 1944 to 1970. It is during Zubashev’s principalship when the majority of departments and institutes was founded, and Vorobyev initiated the development of nuclear education in Tomsk and directed the construction of the student quarter.
Synchrotron Sirius, created during the principalship of A. A. Vorobyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
This room also houses the “TPU Tree” — a composition in the form of a transparent cube with a semitransparent volumetric tree inside. It allows one to run through the landmarks of the TPU development history since its creation to nowadays.
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
The second room, from 1990 till our days: real virtuality
The fact that this room is an exhibition of the museum can be deduced only by several transparent glass stands. There is a few exhibition items, mainly awards, mementos and photographs of momentous events. The main part of this room exhibition is virtual.
The room was opened in 2012 on account of the 116 anniversary of the TPU. With the help of touch pads visitors can unassistedly learn all the information about the university, any of its buildings or even examine in 3D the structure of installations and devices developed in TPU.
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
The third room of temporal exhibitions
At the moment it holds the exhibition named “Polytechnicians to the outer space”: it is devoted to the contribution of Polytechnic scientists and graduates to the space exploration. Among other things, a TPU scientist Oleg Alimov developed a space drilling device (automatic lunar station “Luna-16”), which was used to obtain and transfer a lunar sample.
Automatic lunar station “Luna-24”
Photo by Vladimir Lavrentyev
One may appoint a visit to the museum with the phone number 8 (3822) 56–38–98.