The legendary sailing ship “Sedov”, the largest sail training vessel in the world today, will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2021. In honor of the big date, the Museum of the World Ocean is preparing a new exhibition. It will be based on the items collected during the round-the-world expedition made by "Sedov" in 2020.
In 2020, a unique event took place - a round-the-world scientific expedition of sailing ships of the Federal Agency for Fishery "Sails of the World" in honor of the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica and the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The Museum of the World Ocean took part in its organization. The main ships of the expedition were the sail training ships "Sedov", "Pallada" and "Kruzenshtern" (made a transatlantic passage). The final stage of the campaign was the conquest of the Northern Sea Route by the bark "Sedov". For the first time in the history of navigation, a sailing vessel crossed the Bering, Chukchi, East Siberian Seas, the Laptev Sea, the Kara and Barents Seas in one voyage. The crew went part of the route without the aid of the engine, which is an unprecedented case in the Arctic latitudes.
Two employees of the Museum of the World Ocean – artist Evgeny Mashkovsky and senior researcher Pavel Matviyets – worked on board the “Sedov” during the circumnavigation. Research work on the sailboat has become a worthy continuation of the tradition of Russian sailors. The museum workers brought from the voyage more than 500 artifacts from all over the world, drawings, photographs that will replenish the State Museum Fund. The museum workers will tell the participants of future expeditions about the 2020 round-the-world voyage in upcoming lectures at the museum.
At the final press conference of the voyage and a meeting with the captains of the main ships of the world circumnavigation, the Director General of the Museum of the World Ocean Svetlana Sivkova announced her decision to create an exhibition in honor of the anniversary of the legendary bark "Sedov". The exhibition will open in February 2021.
The Museum of the World Ocean was organized by the decision of the Government of the RSFSR on April 12, 1990. This date is considered the official birthday of the museum. In 2020 the museum celebrated its 30th anniversary. Now the exhibition area is more than 10 thousand square meters. In 2019, the museum met its 700,000th visitor, held 151 major events, and organized 130 exhibitions. More than 140 thousand people came to the Museum of the World Ocean in 2019 for holidays, concerts, exhibition launches, meetings, lectures.