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Northernmost museum in Tikhaya Bay begins working on exposition

The Tikhay Bay polar station worked on the Hooker Island between 1929 and 1957

MOSCOW, August 14. /TASS/. All the works to restore the old hangar at the former polar station in the Tikhaya Bay are complete. In 2020, the museum will put together the exposition, devoted to exploration and development of the Arctic and the North Pole, press service of the Russian Military Historical Society, supporting the project, told TASS on Wednesday.

"The joint project, involving the Arctic Museum-Exhibition Center (St. Petersburg) and the Russian Arctic National Park, to organize the world’s northernmost museum develops successfully," the press service said. "The museum will be in a hangar, built in 1932-1933."

"During the next season, in summer, 2020, main works will be already inside the hangar," the press service continued. "Specialists will begin working on the museum’s exposition, which will be devoted to the history of Arctic studies on Franz Josef Land and to the North Pole exploration."

The expedition to restore the building and clean up the surrounding territory lasted from June 26 to August 7. The specialists made a plywood lining of the walls and roof and removed years-old ice, which had grown inside the building since the station was closed in 1959.

The Tikhaya Bay polar station was operational on the Hooker Island between 1929 and 1957.

The Russian Arctic National Park is Russia’s northernmost and biggest nature reserve, which occupies an area of 8.8 million hectares. It was established on June 15, 2009. The Park includes the northern part of the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago’s Severny Island and the entire Franz Josef Land Archipelago.