This is a museum of the material culture of the former Union of Soviet Socialists Republics (USSR). It has great sentimental appeal for older generations of Russians, and is a reminder to visitors from overseas of the time before globalisation made material culture much the same in every developed county. The museum displays most of the characteristic everyday artefacts of life in the Soviet Union before the fall of the Iron Curtain. Exhibits include cars, motorcycles, typewriters and a postal sledge, as well as some very early computers. One display relates to life at school, and includes the standard mass-produced school desk designed in the nineteenth century by the ophthalmologist Fyodr Erisman, with a socket for an inkwell and an oblong slot that accommodated a fountain pen Such desks were used into the 1970s. Other exhibits relate to characteristic street scenes, and include coin-operated drink dispensers that were commonplace under the Soviet regime, as well as ice cream kiosks. There are also toys in great variety, some weapons, washing machines, dental drills, table games, radio receivers and gramophones with vinyl records. One of the key exhibit is a KUN-49 model black-and-white television receiver, a type of set produced in millions in the Soviet Union between 1949 and 1967.