The permanent exhibition of MHP «The Image of Photography in XIX-XX centuries» includes all major stages in development of photography as a technological process.
The museum was opened in 2003. The exhibition dedicated to the history of photography is situated in 4 halls. One of the halls is designed as a photographer's studio of the second half of 19 century. The museum's conception is to present the photo as a document, science and research object. The difference of the museum from similar Russian exhibitions is museum's universality that covers all parts of photographic art.
In the museum you can see an old camera obscura. Also there is a soviet amateur photographer's room. Usually this room was ordinary bathrooms temporary converted into photographic studio.