Museum of speeds and Memorial Museum of Chkalov V.P.
Chkalovsk is a significant place in the history of domestic aviation. It is the homeland of famous pilot Chkalov V.P. In the memorial house museum the personal belongings of the pilot are exhibited, and there is the famous aircraft ANT-25 in an aeroplane shed, in which he and his crew did the unthinkable, that is, a non-stop flight across the North Pole.
The museum of speeds was opened relatively recently, in the XXI century. This explains its modern exhibition with interactive programs and interesting footage. It was here where the museum with such a name should have appeared as not far away from Chkalovsk on the bank of the Gorky reservoir a construction department with test facilities was founded. Tests of hydrofoil vessels and ground effect vehicles, unique high-speed vessels capable to take off above the water, have been carried out here. R.E. Alekseev was assigned as the main designer. Alekseev. Of course, all these events are reflected in the museum's exhibition (Hall «The phenomenon of flying vessels», «Time. Speed. Result»; «Flying people: Rostislav Alexeev»).
Though there are also sections that deal with ancient history of navigation. Several sections are devoted to the history of settlement Vasileva Sloboda (Chkalovsk today) during «pre-naval» period when there still were houses on the place of the reservoir, and weekly market was held. One can see all this life on the maquette and installation «Market in Vasilevo». A particular exposition is dedicated to the most cruel way of water transport, that is, barge haulers, though further exhibits tell only about the progress of water transport: barge haulers were replaced by steamships, and shiprepairing workshops were founded in Vasilevo. But the apotheosis of the museum exhibition is a section dedicated to the genius designer, R.E. Alekseev, and it is called «He was ahead of his time». There one can see personal belongings of the designer, original documents, layouts, and models of ground effect vehicles. The next room, «The phenomenon of flying vessels», will help you to learn more about ground effect vehicles. In the multimedia hall of the museum 3D film «Speed», which tells about the development of speeds in aviation and shipbuilding, is shown.