The attendants of «The maps of the lands of the Russian North: reality and myths» exhibition will get to know what way step by step the Arctic was being studied. The exhibition is open in Russian State Library. The First Vice-president of the Russian Geographical Society A.N.Chilingarov, the honored member of the Russian Geographical Society A.V.Postnikov, and other eminent guests made their speeches on the opening day.
A unique collection introduces the history of research and mapping of the North, from the 16th to the 21st century. Many of the exhibits are related to the history of the Russian Geographical Society, its expeditions and projects.
In the Ivanovo hall of the RSL you can see ancient and modern atlases, navigation, provincial, educational, expeditionary images of territories on a scale, including a map of the expedition of Hoffmann to the Polar Urals, equipped by the Society.
Among the exhibits draw attention to the earliest domestic atlas – «The drawing book of Siberia» by Semyon Remezov, giving an idea of the pre-Petrine cartography, as well as the famous «Circumpolar map of Lomonosov». It is interesting that the great scientist was also the head of the Geographical Department of the Academy of Sciences. And Lomonosov's secret card, during his lifetime, was first introduced to the general public by the Chairman of the Russian Geographical Society (from 1917 to 1931) Yu.M. Shokalsky.
The exhibition will run until February 12, 2018.