Information centre

In our information centre you will find everything you need to know about the place where Chernomyrdin was born. This area is part of the Saraktash district, and thanks to its rare biodiversity it’s known as the natural crossroads of the Orenburg region. This is where the Ural mountains begin, and where the famous Pugachev rebellion occurred in the 18th century.

There are information kiosks, each on a different theme, that will tell you all about the sights worth seeing after your visit to the Museum.

Historical and cultural monuments

This region preserves the memory of the warlike Sarmation nomads, the dramatic events of the Pugachev rebellion, the region’s Cossack history and Orenburg’s landed estates. Several villages form the renowned ‘shawl triangle’, still producing the famous shawls and ‘cobwebs’ made of the finest downy threads. Orthodox churches adjacent to mosques bear witness to the multi-ethnic traditions of this region.

The natural environment of the Saraktash district

The main landscape boundary of the Saraktash district lies here, where two physical and geological zones converge: the Russian plain and the Ural mountains, as well as the border between the forest-steppe and the steppe. This explains the exceptionally picturesque nature of this area.

Tourism and recreation

There are several tourist routes - for drivers, cyclists and walkers – that take in the most attractive sights, all within a short distance from Cherny Otrog. You can either explore these independently or book a place on a tour from the museum.


Saraktash soil is very fertile, and agriculture forms the main part of the economy. The endless fields bloom with sunflowers, buckwheat and forage crops. Grazing horses and herds of cows add the final touches to the beautiful landscape.