The museum was opened on September 14 (old style) 1869 on the street. Ekaterininskaya in the house of one of the leaders of the first defense of Sevastopol, General E. I. Totleben.
28 June 1892 of the year began and October 5 of the year 1895 was completed the construction of a new building for the museum according to the project of academician A. M. Kochetov. 150 thousand rubles were spent, of which 100 thousand were spent by naval and military departments, and the latter also allocated a plot for its construction. The building was made in a strict classical style, with cast-iron and bronze ornaments. On the main facade was depicted the “Sevastopol sign”: the cross and the number 349, meaning the number of days of defense. The side facades were decorated with cast iron fittings depicting parts of sailing ships, guns, covered with bronze banners. The decorations of the facades and the interior were made according to the project of the Odessa sculptor B. V. Eduards.
The Russian public collected considerable funds and a large amount of materials, among which were personal belongings of the city’s defense leaders V. A. Kornilov and P. S. Nakhimov, paintings by famous Russian artists IK Ayvazovsky, F. A. Rubo. Later, the picture of I. K. Aivazovsky was donated to the museum from the collection of Emperor Alexander II, the grand dukes donated the sword of Osman Pasha, commander of the Turkish squadron, P. Nakhimov's telescope, M. P. Lazarev’s widow, donated his awards to the museum . According to the 1913 catalog of the year, there were already over two thousand exhibits in the museum, in the middle of the 2000-s, over 30 thousands of exhibits.
During the second defense of Sevastopol, the museum continued to work and be replenished with exhibits brought by the city’s defenders. Some of the most valuable exhibits were evacuated to Baku, then to Ulyanovsk. The left part of the exhibition due to the fact that the museum building was partially destroyed, was transferred to the building of the art gallery. After the liberation of Sevastopol from the Nazis, the building was restored, and 15 August 1948, the museum resumed exhibition activities.
The museum is located at: Sevastopol st. Lenina d.11
Excellent exposure, both in the halls of the museum and on the street.
Again, a lot of photos and few letters, forgive.
Photos of several visits, different years.