Moscow Region

Zoya Museum

Permanent Exhibition

Lorem Ipsum was chosen to concept and create the ZOYA Museum in Petrishevo, Russia. It tells the story of Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, a partisan saboteur who became a martyr during WWII and became the first woman awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

The Zoya Museum complex in the village of Petrishchevo near Moscow. Architectural bureau A2M.

The immersive experience takes visitors back to Moscow before and during World War II to tell the story of Zoya, who met her death through execution by the Nazis. She became an example of the Soviet people’s heroism while protecting their country. The museum pays tribute to everyone in World War II who fought on the front lines, on the home front, and in the occupied territories.

Artifacts on display that celebrate Zoya
Source: Press Service of the Governor of the Moscow Region. © Denis Trudnikov

The exhibition tells the story in a physically and emotionally engaging way, marrying breakthrough multimedia technologies, original artifacts, and carefully recreated immersive spaces in an unexpected but authentic way. Architecture and interior design work together to create moments of drama, and moments of reflection, both integral to telling a successful story. 

Zoya’s Classroom

We wanted visitors to feel how Zoya felt at key moments in her life. We did that in the classroom. In the re-imagined classroom, each group of visitors sits at traditional desks and begins a journey into Zoya’s past discovering what it was like to be a student in the 1930s. Visitors are drawn further into her story as the classroom unexpectedly transforms into a war zone with German planes launching a full-scale attack experienced audibly and visually.

Reconstruction of the village of Petrishchevo during the occupation

Artifacts displayed in an authentic manner

Stepping into a full-scale trench, visitors find themselves in the midst of the battle surrounded by war artifacts, archival photos, and documents. The trench appears to be deep in the ground as they enter.

Multimedia installation dedicated to the Battle of Moscow

Reconstruction of the log-fortified dugout