History behind the glass
The Kuznetsky Bridge will be full of contrasts: the twenty ultramodern glass cell-shaped houses on the Kuznetsky Bridge will host long-gone historical figures — both famous people and common people and craftsmen. Visitors will be able to see the working Italian architect Aristotele Fioravanti, the first printer Ivan Fyodorov, a photographer from the 20th century Moscow who worked in the V. Chekhovsky Photo Studio. One will have the opportunity to see Fioravanti creating a design for the Cathedral of the Dormition in the Kremlin and Ivan Fyodorov printing the first Russian abecedary.
One could also visit the 18th century shoemaker’s and the armorer’s of the Tsardom of Moscow times, learn about the 19th century puppeteering and the secret life of Moscow coin counterfeiters pretending to be law-abiding jewelers.
The life of «cell» dwellers will be presented in boards and display windows with the pictures of the findings which the reconstruction of the houses was based on.
Archeology for children
Young visitors will be welcome in four archaeological halls where they will learn to carry out excavations in accordance with all the rules of science and feel like they are part of a real expedition.
The first hall will host the archaeological excavation area, and the second one — the stockpile. The third hall will become a workshop, where children will clean and conserve their findings. The archaeology library in the fourth hall will let young scientists identify and ’passportize’ the artifacts which they have found during the excavation.
Gastronomy of different ages
There’s a special unit — a historic gastronomy cell-shaped house. Assisted by bakers, visitors will cook predough for homemade bread based on ancient Russian recipes and enjoy the taste of just-baked bread sitting on haystacks. The medieval fishermen will teach you to salt, jerk and dry fish, and the butchers will teach you to roast sausages with cowberry sauce according to the 16th century books. At the 19th century greengrocer’s, you will learn to souse apples, ferment cabbage according to the traditional Moscow recipe, and salt cucumbers in pumpkin.
After a hearty meal you can have some tea or sbiten in the company of a merchant’s family and enjoy some sweets made by the best jam-maker in Moscow. Visitors will learn how to make kissel from the 18th century fairytales and then freshen up with the number-one peasant drink — birch sap.