Ekaterinburg Culture and Science: History
Culture and Science. Ekaterinburg Historical Facts
From the very beginning, Ekaterinburg has played an important role in the cultural life of the Urals. The first mining school was opened there as early as in the 18th c. A lot of qualified and talented specialists graduated from this educational establishment.
An outstanding engineer Polzunov I. was among its leavers. In the beginning of the 19th century the first library and the first printing house were opened in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Learned Society of Mines was established in 1825. In 1834, this Society opened the Museum of Mines. Later it became the first class museum in Russia. Its exposition offers a great variety of specimen of minerals and soil. At the same time one more scientific establishment, the meteorological observatory was organized in Ekaterinburg. In 1843, the first theatre troupe was established by an entrepreneur Sokolov P.A. Few years later the actors began to stage their performances in their own theatre. It was built on the Main Avenue. Now it houses the Cinema "Coliseum".
In 1870, the Ural Natural Science Society was established in Ekaterinburg. In the beginning of the 20th century the society of Ural technicians and the society of Ural chemists were organized. Ural scientific societies contributed to the development of Russian science.