The museum was established on August 11, 1988 by order of the Minister of Culture of the BSSR No. 64 as a branch of the Vitebsk Regional Museum of Local Lore. It is located 16 km to the north of Vitebsk on the site of the former manor of the artist Ilya Efimovich Repin (1844-1930). During the 1892-1902 gg. Repin created here paintings “Autumn Bouquet”, “Hunter”, “Belarusian”, “On the Western Dvina. Sunrise “,” Moonlight Night “,” Young ladies on a walk among the herd of cows “,” In the Sun “, etc. The complex of the museum-estate includes the main manor house in which the memorial exposition, the manager’s house (the museum administration and the exhibition hall is located ), a cellar, a pond, a part of a linden alley. The exposition area of the museum is 242 square meters.
The memorial exposition consists of 6 rooms. The first tells about the creative and life path of I.E. Repin before the acquisition of Zdravnev, the history of buying and rebuilding the estate. In the following two the theme of the artist’s and his relatives’ stay in Vitebsk region from 1892 to 1904 is revealed: acquaintance with representatives of the local intelligentsia of the clergy, peasants, guests of the estate and the reflection of this in the works of I.E. Repin. In the fourth room, the interior of the drawing room was restored and materials about the artist’s family were presented. The exposition of the fifth hall is located in the artist’s workshop and tells about the creative searches and works of Repin Zdravnevsky period. The exposition of the sixth hall is devoted to the stay in Zdravnev of the family of the youngest daughter of the artist Tatiana Ilyinichna Repina-Yazeva (from 1918 to 1930) and the history of the estate in the subsequent time.