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10 Apr

The Odessa Opera museum has obtained new exhibits

The museum of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre has been replenished with new exhibits. These are firefighting helmet, axe and elements of firefighting set for the personnel of the WWII times.

There is an engraving on the axe, “To the senior firefighter V.S. ILCHENKO and his son Michael for preserving of the Odessa Opera edifice. Director SNIBROVSKY. April10,1945”.

There is an inscription in white paint on the helmet, “To Misha ILCHENKO, a teenager of the firefighting personnel of the Odessa Opera on the days of Odessa defense. April 10, 1945”.

The objects have been granted to the Odessa Opera museum by Michael ILCHENKO (Michael ILCHENKO is in the picture on the left in 1943).

There are also other displays dedicated to the theatre restoration and the pipe opera history. One display has a list of companies, organizations and institutions that helped to restore the theatre building between 1997 and 2007. The other display is full of photographs telling the history of the Odessa Opera pipe organ and it also gives the list of sponsors who contributed to its capital reconstruction in 2014.

Please click here to see the full list of sponsors.

The Odessa Opera museum was created on the initiative of Nadiya BABICH, The Odessa Opera General Manager. The ceremony of its opening took place on October 2, 2012. The current exhibition embraces the period between 1810, when the first city theatre was open, and 2007, when it was last reconstructed.