Year of project creation: 2016

On November 3, 2016, the long-awaited opening of the renovated Magnezit museum took place in Satka. This event, being kind of unique for the city, became possible thanks to implementation of project “From factory museum to the museum of knowledge”, which was awarded a grant of XII contest “Changing museum in a changing world” of the Charitable Fund of V. Potanin.

This grant made it possible to change the architectural plan of the Magnezit museum. The central object of interactive hall – the “speaking” chart of production of magnesite refractory bricks, and objects in show cases tell about this amazing element, without which not only this production, but also many other would not be possible. The story told in this hall opens many unique facts and curious numbers, related to magnesite and refractory bricks, produced utilizing this element.

The plan of Satka on the other wall clearly illustrated, that the city, recovery of magnesite and refractory materials production not just connected, they are inseparable from each other. This transforming hall combines several functions, which makes it possible to present expositions to the public, serve as the instructional center for giving lectures, as well as a screening room for watching cinema.

The second hall is named “Future as shock”. Here, the exposition will be changed three or four times a year at an average. This hall offers completely different view at magnesite and its extraction, production of magnesite refractory bricks, as well as at Satka, its inhabitants and guests. This view is subjective, personal, artistic, private and critical. This is the place where visitors will encounter unexpected and shocking discoveries in the area of modern innovative culture. Also, this hall provides for holding of workshops, master-classes, discussions, seminars and meetings with artists.

In 2017, a depositary will be opened. In order to solve the main problem of any museum – unavailability of main stock to general public, it was decided to make these depositaries completely open for visitors. They will have access to photographs, will be able to work with documents and other exhibit items, related to the history of the factory, which forms the part of history of development of science and technology in XX century.

The Magnezit museum reconstruction project was designed by architectural firm “KONTORA” (Moscow), by designer Dmitry Baryudin. Authors managed to create uncommon and still versatile museum space, thanks to utilization of the newest information technologies and principles of modern exposition design.