The exhibition "Russian Geographical Society Gold Fund" opened at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow. For a month, until November 11, everyone can get acquainted with copies of unique materials from the Scientific Archive, the Scientific Library and the Cartographic Fund of the RGS.
The fund collection of the Russian Geographical Society has been formed since the foundation of the RGS in 1845. Thanks to the members of the Society and philanthropists, the funds have been filled with unique archival documents, books, and cartographic publications reflecting the activities of famous travelers and scientists. Over the years of the Society’s existence, the country's oldest and only specialized geographic archive has been created, one of the largest geographic libraries in the world with more than 455 thousand stock keeping units, and a cartographic fund, which has about 40 thousand rare materials.
The exhibition includes copies of rare archival documents, maps, pencil sketches and photographs taken during the expeditions of prominent Russian travelers Yuliy Shokalsky, Nikolai Vavilov, Nikolai Miklukho-Maklai, Pyotr Kozlov, Pyotr Semenov-Tyan-Shansky, Boris Vilkitsky and many others.
Guests of the exhibition will find out in honor of whom Ernst Hoffmann named the northernmost mountain range in the Polar Urals and its highest point, who introduced the concept of “World Ocean” to science, what trick Gombozhab Tsybikov used to get to Tibetan Lhasa - the most closed city in the world, where foreign citizens were not allowed.
We would like to remind you, that the first exhibition the "RGS Gold Fund" was held in April of 2018 at the Headquarters of the Russian Geographical Society in St. Petersburg as a part of the RGS Board of Trustees meeting. From this moment on the exhibition has been traveling across Russia. The first traveling exhibition was held in July 2018 at the Konstantinovskaya Battery in Sevastopol. Residents and guests of Moscow, Kaliningrad, Vologda, Yoshkar-Ola, Vladikavkaz and other cities of our country also managed to get acquainted with rare exhibits.