Name: Zaonezhsky Junction or the Roads We Take
The exhibition targets at:
- Presenting the Medvezhyegorsk region as a system of communications: walking paths, side roads, concrete and asphalt roads, railroads, water ways, airways, crossroads, junctions, passages, crossings, bridges, ports, terminals, lines of ethnic and labor migrations, cargo and passenger flows and travel routes.
- Creating a friendly high tech information environment within the museum exhibition in order to help the visitors to create their own strategies, scenarios and tours to get familiarized and interact with this particular museum and other museums in the region, with the city, with the area, with the Republic of Karelia, with Russia and the world (including their geography, history and culture).
Short scenario structure:
1. Stone alleys (geological maps - geological routes);
2. Water ways (maps of hydrographic network; the White Sea - Baltic Sea Canal; water trips; extreme, water and sport tourism);
3. Lines of life (maps of landscape, forests, natural habitats and migration routes of animals, eco tourism);
4. Crossroads of history (archaeology and history maps; population settlement maps; maps of monuments and museums; expeditions; travel routes);
5. Anthropological streams (ethnographic, demographic, historical and cultural maps; ethnographic tourism);
6. State roads (political and administrative borders, layouts of railroads, federal and other motorways, auto-, motor-, and bicycle tourism);
7. Stages of sorrow and grief (GULAG maps, mass burials, necropolises, monuments, memorials, memorial events);
8. Inscrutable ways (battle maps, fortresses, fortifications, military and historical campaigns)
Zaonezhsky Junction exhibition occupies a long corridor (50 m) that has entrances to the main exhibition halls along its way. It introduces the visitors to the Medvezhyegorsk city and the region by means of interactive information technologies. This new exhibition element serves as a hypertext junction. It’s like a portal that leads to the main museum exhibitions and presents historical and cultural themes that the main exhibition is devoted to. It is also a guide on the history, culture and nature of the Medvezhyegorsk region.
The exhibition is designed to resemble the constructions of the White Sea - Baltic Canal. It comprises seven theme sections or the canal sluices. Each section has the main exhibits - museum items, a theme map, audio and video files, photographs, presentations, web resources.
A local information system combines the content of touchscreen computers and TV sets that are placed in each exhibition sections.