Temporary exhibitions in Kiek in de Kök

The 15th century built artillery tower Kiek in de Kök together with the passages inside of the 17th century built Ingrian and Swedish bastions form an exciting part of historical fortifications of this city.

In addition to the permanent exhibition in the tower and passages, the tower is also hosting temporary exhibitions. 



March–Oct Tue–Sun 10.30–18.00. Last admission 17.30
Nov–Feb Tue–Sun 10.00–17.30. Last admission 17.00
The Museum is closed on Mondays and public holidays.


The Mari people in the vast expanses of Russia.

Displayed in this exhibition are photographs taken on trips to various villages inhabited by the Mari, a Finno-Ugric nation. What sets this subject apart is the fact that the Mari population is dispersed across a very broad territory, with almost half living outside the borders of the Mari El Republic.
Over six years of collaboration with the magazine Mari World – Mari sandalyk, I’ve had the opportunity to give deep consideration to the questions: Who are the Mari, really? Where do they live? What do they do? What makes them happy? What discussions do they have?
These are only a handful of questions that have arisen on my trips. Thousands upon thousands of kilometers lie behind me, but standing before me in my mind’s eye are the people, with whom I’ve herded livestock to pastures and sorted grain. People, thanks to whom I’ve come to know the intricacies of Mari folk dance at local cultural clubs, late in the evenings.
The Mari El Republic. The Perm Krai. The Republic of Bashkortostan. Tatarstan. The Udmurt Republic. Nizhny Novgorod Oblast.

The small, soft-voiced communities of Mari are scattered throughout these regions. After spending a few days in each location, however, they become near and dear to the heart. And Grandma Nastya in the faraway village of Olykyal in the Perm Krai is hardly as terrifying or ti

ght-lipped anymore. In Bashkortostan, 23 geese march parade-like down the wide village road, as if on cue. And the youngsters of Yemeshevo, Mari El aren’t camera-shy in the least. One little Mari

El village deserves special mention: Pinzhan Kukmor (Shurguyal in the Mari language) in the Volzhki Rayon. I’ve grown especially fond of this village (my wife’s hometown), and as a result, it is especially prominent in the exhibition.

Deniss Rechkin was born on 19 February 1980 in Yoshkar-Ola, the capital of the Mari El Republic. He graduated from the Chuvash State University in photo journalism. Rechkin has worked as a photographer for the newspaper Marij El since 2003, although his snapshots have been published in almost every Mari publication, as well as in other Finno-Ugric republics of the Russian Federation. Rechkin has been organizing exhibitions of his works since 1999 in cities including Khanty-Mansiysk, Yoshkar-Ola, Saransk, and Cheboksary.