Exhibition «Our Metro»
An exhibition dedicated to the 70-ieth anniversary of Moscow Metro took place at the Polytechnic museum from May 14 to June 14, 2005.
The preparation for the exhibition was carried out with the help of exhibiting department of the State Polytechnic museum. Much attention was paid to up-to-date trends in the development of museum business. A game, being an integral part of the exposition, provided for better attendance of the exhibition and the museum. A game lets a visitor feel technical process and rises the interest of all visitors, from children to adults.
Moscow Metro prepared some mock-ups, such as:
- UT-2000 turnstile with an encoded validator.
- Radio information systems (film and digital) switched on if a visitor presses a button. The mock-up demonstrated the operation of a film radio information system and considerable increase in the sound quality when digital radio information system is used.
- "Igla" fire extinguishing system.
- Modern dispatch control system.
- "Driver’s health" system.
Items telling about the history of Metro, as well as various maps and schemes were exhibited together with the mock-ups. Many exhibits were derived from the vaults of the National Moscow Metro Museum. Pre-revolutionary metro projects, as well as Moscow railway project of year 1930 were represented for the first time. Some exhibits, such as a project of Moscow rapid non-street transportation systems which were superimposed on city maps in 1989 and 1913 were made anew.
As Metro is a part of Moscow transport system, line maps and photos of horse and electric trams were represented at the exhibition. These articles showing the development of city transport before 1935 helped to realise that further development of Moscow was impossible without a brand new means of transport – metro.
Quotations from newspapers concerning pre-revolutionary metro projects, as well as Vladimir Mayakovsky’s poetry were exhibited.
The exhibition began long before visitors could enter the hall. People received a special complimentary magnetic ticket and went to the exhibition through a turnstile. As a visitor went through the turnstile, an inscription was printed on his magnetic ticket. These magnetic tickets made good souvenirs for the visitors of the exhibition.
Visitors could examine the acting mock-ups which helped to realize not only the level of metro engineering, but also the work of metro staff.
About 6 thousand people visited the exhibition "Our Metro" and many came there again; it means that Muscovites and visitors take interest in the history and present activities of Moscow metro. The Polytechnic museum workers also showed interest in the mock-ups.