Novosibirsk Points of Interest (Where to Go in Novosibirsk)
To start with, there are but few places in
The pointing signs are installed at, literally speaking, every crossroad in the downtown, Akademgorodok and busy streets of other city areas. Even though, the names of streets written on them may be of help to pedestrians as well as to drivers, they are no use for foreigners unless you have a map in Russian. If you possess such a street plan, you can find your way in the city quite easily.
Pointing signs. Only in Russian :(
It is clear that describing all the places worth mentioning on one page is next to impossible. That is why we have made a list strictly following the principle of choosing only three-four best, must-see institutions in every sphere.
The theatre is traditionally significant in
One of the Novosibirsk's theatres (Red Torch). Photo by Svetlana Bumarina.
Another great theatre is the Novosibirsk State Drama Theatre led by Sergei Afanasyev (16, Vokzalnaya Magistral). It has evolved from a youth theatre studio to become one of the youngest theatres of the city. It is well-known for its experimental plays.
The Novosibirsk Academic Youth Theatre ‘Globus’ is located at 1, Kamenskaya str. The repertoire of this theatre is very mixed – contemporary avant-garde performances neighbor classical children’s plays. So, it would be advisable to study the bill thoroughly in order to prevent oneself from making a mistake.
The majority of theatres, however, are closed during summer, with a new season starting in fall. Nevertheless, it is during the summer time when the stage of the Recreation Centre for Railroad Workers (usually abbreviated to “ÄÊÆ” [Deh-Kah-‘Zheh]) receives touring major Russian theatres.
Parks, Zoos, and Gardens:
A part of the huge Novosibirsk Zoo goes deeply into the woods, so it is pleasant to walk there even if you show no keen interest in animals. The Zoo is proud to present to the visitors its collection of weasels and the cat family species – one of the biggest in the world. A few years ago a unique feline was born in the Zoo. The child of lion and tigress, he has been called the liger. Lately, it has sired offspring, too.
A cozy park in the very middle of the city; popular among recently married couples. There have been erected a few stone monuments where everyone who wishes may sign.
Apart from its regular exposition, the
This museum is located at the Lenin’s Square in the center of the city (Krasny Prospect, 23). It will be of interest to those wishing to learn about the history of
This museum is well-known because of one of its exhibits – the ‘princess of Altai’, which is a mummy found by archeologists in Altai. The confrontation between the archeologists and local citizens never cease since these excavations. The inhabitants of Altai say that by digging out the ‘princess’ the scientists have awakened the spirits of the mountains. The
‘No Soap’ Gallery 
The ‘No Soap’ Gallery is a small gallery in the downtown (19, Kamenskaya str.), situated just above the so-called
‘Chernoff’ Gallery 
The majority of works here fall to the share of Siberian painters, though photographs also appear on the walls of this gallery from time to time. ‘Chernoff’ is located in the basement of an old building at 34,
Art Clubs and Bars:
Jazz Bar ‘Òðóáà’ ([troo-‘bah] means ‘a trumpet’)
A small bar in the center of the city situated at 2,
Art Cabaret ‘Áðîäÿ÷àÿ Ñîáàêà’ ([broh-‘dya-chay-ah soh-‘bah-kah] means ‘a stray dog’)
It is located just behind the Opera and Ballet Theatre at 32, Kamenskaya str. It’s here where the city’s theatergoers and actors have taken fancy to spend their time. Live music, tasty food and waitresses from a local drama school make this place really pleasant.
‘Rock-City’ Nightclub 
Being one of the most popular clubs among youngsters, ‘Rock-City’ is turning away from its past politics nowadays. Different kinds of parties are being held there, including those featuring the bands from
Funny and Interesting Monuments:
To start with, all the monuments in
Huge letters inscribed on the banner that stretches along the lane at one of the major thoroughfares of the city say: ‘Long live That, because of which we are - despite everything!’. According to one of the stories, this quite mysterious and confusing slogan appeared here during Perestroika due to the argument between the heads of city areas’ administrations. Supposedly, they have had a bet about installing the most ridiculous banner. And we bet we know who has won!
The railway bridge is one of the oldest constructions built in
This monument is situated on the intersection of Serebrennikovskaya str. and Sibrevkoma str. It was here where the first traffic lights were installed.
Fountains oh the Ob' river. Photo by Svetlana Bumarina.