About the Museum
By now this is the third private museum of Miklouho-Maclay. The first one was opened in 2010, at the birthplace of his father Nikolay Miklouha in Kalityanskoe Village of Chernihiv region near Kiev. The second museum was established in Kacha village near Sevastopol. It was built in the concerned place also for a reason: Kovalevsky Institute of Southern Seas Biology is situated in Sevastopol. In front of the institute you can see white stony Miklouho-Maclay’s bust, created by Min’kova sculptor and installed on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of opening Sevastopol Biological Station, which was reformed into the Institute in 1963.
Maclay’s saying: "Only making something important for people makes you a human", became life motto of Museum founders, Alexander and Nadezhda Maclay. The noble idea of Selfless Service to Humanity, started by Maclay over a hundred years ago, is still alive.
The area of Maclay Museum activities includes community education, popularization of historical and cultural heritage as well as museum education.
The Museum holders plan to implement conferences, lectures, meetings and open lessons.
Nikolay Maclay belongs to the legendary Zaporozhye Cossacks, and all of his ancestors were Cossacks. Maclay's great-grandfather Stepan Miklouha was the cornet of Cossack regiment, and received knighthood for his bravery in storming Ochakov during Russian-Turkish war. One of Maclay’s ancestors Okhrim was the prototype of Nikolay Gogol’s character Taras Bulba.
But why Baturin is associated with Maclay?Baturin is famous as Razumovsky brothers’ residence, hetman capital and historic site relevant to many progressive personalities. Among them we should mention hetman Kirill Razumovsky’s great-grandson, graph Alexei Tolstoy – talented poet and writer, who also was patron of Maclay’s father. The poet spent his best years and created his greatest works in Baturin, analyzing the history of Kievan Rus. With his ballads, hetman’s heritor encouraged his contemporaries to think about their fundamental nature and remember about their ancestors.
In the line of Hetman Razumovsky’s wife, graph Naryshkin twice sponsored Maclay’s expeditions, having diverted the sum of 2,000 rubles for each of them.Thanks to the unspoken efforts of Alexey Tolstoy, disgraced Taras Shevchenko was bought out of serfdom and freed of recruits. Graph
Three years of research in Kalityansk Museum brought even too much material about the scientist and other prominent figures of Cher
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"One who saves Holy Scripture in Heart, prepares himself be crowned in Heaven."
Nikolay Maclay is a descendant of the legendary Zaporozhye Cossacks and an outstanding scientist, whose interests cover many areas of human knowledge, such as ethnography, philosophy, biology and geography. He wrote many works on zoology, zoogeography and physical geography, that are still valuable. What is more, as the founder of marine biology and comparative anatomy, he made an enormous contribution to science. His merits to science and humanity are even not yet fully appreciated.
Nicholay was the first one to scientifically prove the biotic full-value condition of people belonging to all nations and races. His scientific works and statements in press gave rise to the world’s antiracis
He was amazingly hard-working, goal-oriented person, who realized a sense of duty to humanity
There are lots of interesting exhibits in the Museum, among them Maclay’s family portrait gallery. Their ancestry is demonstrated in fragments of the feature film about Maclay and some other videos. You can learn more about the scientist’s life, particularly his period with so-called ‘black wild natives’, who saw a white man for the first time. Having lived a short life of only forty-two years, Maclay lives in the grateful memory of mankind forever.
You'll discover the world's biggest mystery – wisdom of immortal genuine soul. What is even more important, you will learn how to keep the Ideals of Forever Young Soul for a lifetime and become a truly happy man. And much more...