Omsk is the seventh largest Russian city with a population of more than 1 million people and located in the southwest Siberian region on the Om River. The city is an important railway hub and easily accessible by the Trans Siberian Railway and ferries that cruise down the Orb and Om Rivers.
Throughout the city there is plenty of life, culture and traditional Russian heritage. Omsk prides itself for being a major important educational centre and there are large numbers of historical and art museums along with plenty of theatres and music venues to keep visitors to the city entertained.
For history the most popular places to see include the State Museum of History, The Military Museum and the Museum of Literature. The most visited art museums include the Kondraty Belov Art Museum, the Vrubel Museum of Fine Arts and the Liberov Center for Art.
Theatres have always been a big part of Russian culture and there are wonderful performances throughout the city with the Omsk Theatre of Drama, the Omsk circus and the Omsk Opera being the biggest and most visited in the city.
Splendid architecture of Omsk is best seen in Lyubinsky Avenue where some of the buildings date back to the late 1800ís. Most buildings are built in Neoclassical and Art-Nouveau style however there are still wooden houses that can be found along Nikolsky and Krasnykh Street that date back to merchants who first settled in Omsk.
If you happen to be luck enough to visit Omsk in winter there are some very interesting Ice carvings to discover in public parks. Numerous ice carvers practice their skills and display their artistic creativity for everyone to enjoy and see.
There are many other public works of art throughout Omsk. One of the most controversial is the Derzhava sculpture that celebrates the founding of Omsk and people either love or hate it.
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