The Russian’s are extremely proud of their rich heritage, in particular the poets, writers and playwrights that have emerged from the historical hardships and, as a result, many museums are dedicated to various artistic individuals and their works. You can also find ancient history, communist history and, behind the walls of the Kremlin, the jewels and treasures that once adorned the bodies of the Tsars. Check the opening times as many are closed on Mondays and concessions are sometimes offered on admission prices.
Moscow Museums Travel Guide
1. Pushkin Fine Arts Museum
ul Volkhonka 12 Telephone – 203 7412 Opening hours – Tues-Sun 10am-6pm
An absolutely amazing assortment of impressionist paintings, post-impressionist paintings and European works that have been gathered together from various collections after the Revolution. Admission is R260.
2. Dom-Muzey Chaliapin – Chaliapin House Museum
25/27 Novinsky bulvar Telephone – 495 252 2530
Opening hours – Tues & Sat, 10am-6pm, Wed & Thurs 10.30am-6.30pm, Sun 10am-4pm
Before the Soviets drove him away and turned his house into apartments, one of the world’s greatest opera singers used to live in this house. Now the rooms have been restored to their former glory with his costumes and collection of artworks back where they belong. Admission is R25.
3. The Vladimir Vysotsky Museum
3 Nizhny Tagansky Tupik Telephone – 915 7578/7199 Opening hours – 11am-5.30pm, closed Sunday & Monday
Finally opening in 1992 – some 12 years after the poet’s death – this cultural and scientific centre is filled with scripts, photos and documents all relating to the life and work of Vladimir Vysotsky.
4. The Armoury at the Kremlin
Kremlin, Troitsky Most Telephone – 095 202 3776 Opening hours – Mon-Wed, Fri-Sun 10am-4.30pm
A veritable Aladdin’s cave of all things glittering and bejewelled, the Tsar’s used the Armoury to store their treasures during bygone days. Modern day magpie’s can marvel at sparkling gems, crowns and coronets as well as the famed Faberge eggs. Admission costs R350 and tickets can be bought from the Kutafya Tower in Aleksandrovsky sod (the Aleksandrov Gardens) or from the Armoury Chamber, 1 Cathedral Square, from 9.30am-4pm daily except Thursdays.
5. Museum of Moscow History
Novaya Square 12 Opening hours – Tues-Sun 10am-5pm
One of the city’s oldest museums, this fascinating place focuses on the activities of the Muscovities through the ages from displays of ancient artefacts and utensils to photographs documenting the nineteenth century.
6. Central Museum of the Revolution
21, Tverskaya Ulitsa Telephone – 299 6724 Opening hours – Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm
Moscow has been subject to a violent and bloody history and this excellent museum documents the various uprisings throughout the twentieth century. From the stones hurled in the streets in 1905 to the Soviet collapse of the 1990’s it’s all here in vivid detail.