Places to go

Places to go

Places to go

Wooden architecture

You can find many interesting and picturesque places here. This city is rich in monuments of wooden and stone architecture of the XVIII—XX centuries. Tomsk wooden “laces” are famous far beyond the Russian borders.

Places of worship

There are many old orthodox churches and chapels in Tomsk, as well as a Polish catholic church, two mosques, a synagogue and an evangelic-lutheran church.


There are 17 museums in Tomsk, including the Museum of Tomsk History, the Museum of Slavonic Mythology, and the Museum of Wooden Architecture. Moreover, every university has its own museums, open for public, such as museum of zoology, paleontology, mineralogy etc., displaying collections of universities. There is also a planetarium in Tomsk where one can make interesting observations from an observation site.


There are three drama theatres, a theater for children and teenagers, a puppet theatre “Skomorokh” (it means “a traveling minstrel, a clown”) and a theater of living puppets “2Ku”. There is also an acting workshop “Oskolki” (“shatters”) and a student theatre “Kovcheg” (“ark”). In addition, there is a large philharmonic hall and a small concert hall where organ concerts take place. Tomsk is also proud of its symphony orchestra and the university choir.

Cafés, clubs, cinemas, etc.

Here one can find cafes, restaurants and clubs for any taste: there are more than 100 cafes, about 40 restaurants, and 20 coffee houses offering diverse menu.

Students often go to night clubs (there are about 20 of them in Tomsk), where one can hear music of different styles and genres. Theme parties take place there and famous DJs come from various countries.

One can watch all the latest movies in the three cinemas of Tomsk.

There are various options for relaxation and entertainment satisfying all tastes: paintball, bowling, billiard, water pools, saunas etc.

Bookstores and libraries

The largest Russian chains of bookstores have their branches in Tomsk. Besides, there are small local bookstores which are really unique. Do not forget to visit a second-hand book-shop, where you will find many rare and extraordinary things and books!

Internet, Wi-Fi

Some organizations, cafes and hotels in Tomsk offer free of charge Wi-Fi access: Besides, a free Wi-Fi zone covers the main building of TUSUR as well as adjacent Novosobornaya Square, where students like to spend their free time in the park close to the fountain. The Business Incubator of TUSUR also provides free Wi-Fi access. There are many Internet cafes and cybercafés very popular among students.


The city-dwellers enjoy escaping the heat of summer in large and small parks of Tomsk. One can have a great time on the quay of the Tom River, where one can go roller-skating, enjoy fresh air, admire the view or feed pigeons.

You can see photos of Tomsk taken for its 400th anniversary at: