The exhibition presents 150 unique works of icon painting and wooden plastics of Kargopolya of the 15th - 19th centuries. The exhibition is built according to the chronological principle with the allocation of several thematic complexes: “The most ancient icons of Kargopol”, “Kargopol masters”, “Icons of the village of Oshevenskoye”, “Wooden carved icons”, “Old Believer icons”.
Among the earliest icons of the collection is the Deesis row of the end of the 15th century - the beginning of the 16th century, which was literally saved by the restorers of the SCHRM from under the ruins of the falling St. Nicholas Church s. Astafyevo. Noteworthy is the icon “Our Lady of Hodegetria with St. Basil the Great” of 1527, placed “for the worship of all Christians” in the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin in the village of Berezhnaya Dubrava. Accurate dates and historical inscriptions are very rare on the icons.
The exhibition is supplemented by rare species photographs of the twentieth century, with lost temples and church interiors.