The Department "Russian Center for Museum pedagogics and Children's Creativity" of The State Russian Museum was founded in 1990. Its creation took place during the transformation of the Russian Museum into a unique architectural and artistic complex. The department occupies the Eastern Pavilion of the Mikhailovsky Castle. After reconstruction, in 2010, a modern visitor service infrastructure was created here.
In the department building:
The library with a collection of books dedicated to art
In 1993, the department began to develop a scientifically based system of interaction between culture and education. Within five years, the staff of the department carried out the development and testing of the first national museum-pedagogical program " Hello, museum!". In 1996, the program "Hello, Museum!" was awarded the prize of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation "For scientific research in the field of culture and art".
The Russian Museum owns a unique collection of children's drawings, founded 1959. A year earlier, it was one of the first art museums to provide its halls for young creators. Today, the Foundation has more than four thousand works by children from different countries of the world from 2 to 17 years old.
The success of the department is due to the professionalism of its employees (art historians, teachers, artists, teachers of higher education, specialists in the field of computer technologies), their focus on historical experience and modern research in the field of art and museum pedagogy, as well as cooperation with the largest domestic museums, cultural, educational and research institutes, universities, schools and preschool educational institutions.
Head of the Department "Russian Center for Museum pedagogics and Children's Creativity" of The State Russian Museum – Boris Stolyarov, Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Professor, winner of the State Prize of the Russian Federation in the field of literature and art, member of the Union of Artists of Russia.