This is a large port city in the Eastern Siberia located along the bank of the Irtysh River. At the end of the 19th century the Transsiberian Railway connected Omsk with the European part of Russia and remote Eastern areas of the country. During the 20th century, the city of Omsk has become well known as the center of political and industrial life of Eastern Siberia.
HIGHLIGHTS & SIGHTSEEING IN OMSK
- A visit to the Church of St. Nicolas that is a beautiful sample of architecture of 18th – 19th centuries will open you few pages of the Russian history.
- World famous Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky condemned to penal servitude spent four years in Omsk from 1850 till 1854. Commandant of the Fortress of Omsk paid a special attitude to this state convict and gave F. Dostoevsky a small room in his house. Nowadays the former House of the Commandant of the Fortress is the Fyodor Dostoevsky Museum. The famous novel «Notes from a Dead House» reflects events of that period of writer’s life.
- The Fine Arts Museum of Omsk possesses a rich collection of more than 16,000 pieces of art including pictures of European and Russian artists and some beautiful golden decorations excavated by archaeologists in the Omsk region.
- The Local Lore Museum presents interesting collection of the typical for the region fauna and flora samples.
- The Siberian Antiquity Museum exhibits the best works of local craftsmen.