The museum was opened in May 1991 in the wooden mansion of the middle of the 19th century. The exposition comprises two sections. “World of Forgotten Things” on the ground floor presents the culture and everyday life of the citizens in the pre-revolutionary period. The typical interiors of a living room, a dining room, a children’s room and a cabinet of the late 19th – early 20th centuries are reconstructed there. The exhibition “History of the Vologda Portrait of the 18th - 19th centuries” from the wooden manors of the Vologda province is housed on the first floor of the building. Literary, musical and children’s parties are organized in the museum. Descendants of the Vologda noblemen that gently preserve the family traditions often visit this museum. Displays of the relics from family collections and archives are held on the second floor.