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State Historical Museum

#43 of 2,371 things to do in Moscow
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Red Square & Kitay-gorod
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Address: Red Square, 1, Moscow 109012, Russia
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10:00 - 21:00
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A 5000 year-old boat and other fascinating archaeological exhibits trace...

A 5000 year-old boat and other fascinating archaeological exhibits trace the history of Russian civilization from ancient times to the 20th century inside this spectacular dark red-brick building at Red Square.

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Very interesting exhibition - one place you can see all Russian history

Very interesting exhibition - one place you can see all Russian history from ancient cultures till modern art. Very nice collection of old coins and russian emperors treasury... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very interesting exhibition - one place you can see all Russian history from ancient cultures till modern art. Very nice collection of old coins and russian emperors treasury. Definitelly I can reccoment do see this place - remember to reserve minimum 2-3 hours for it.

Thank Konrad L
Moscow, Russia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The biggest issue for myself was that there were no signs in English. The selection is huge, so you could really spend hours walking round. The displays start off looking at ancient remains of primitve man in Russia and work their way through the ages. Mostly everything is just in cases, there are not really any interactive displays.

Thank Ronald3333
Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take a trip through centuries of the diverse history that make the vast lands of Russian such a compelling place. They have a something for everyone here, all well presented.

Thank KevinSadler2364
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of my Favourite building on Red Square. Not only is it stunning to look at from the outside, it is also a museum with rich historical collections which will provide informative insight to Russian history.

Thank JustLoveToFly
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Like most Russian Museums, it is worth seeing just for the building itself with stunning interiors - particularly the Romanov family tree that covers the ceiling in one of the first rooms you enter. So much to see here, it almost defies description. It includes many items from Faberge, and of course the Russian Imperial Family. All very well presented... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is so full of information, I couldn't do it justice in one visit. There are audio guides available in English which really helped understanding the exhibits.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Go for it, if you really love history. Russia has plenty, and this museum is a proof of it. It is A MASSIVE museum, and its not possible to cover it all in one day. I had the luck to come back the next day as well, and get the most of it. I also had a luck of being... More 

Thank Elena E
Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Definitely a must for those who are interested in the Moscow's history. Time permit - not to see all at once. Come back to see more.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

The entrance to the museum is found on the side of the building just after passing through the Resurrection Gate. Entrance is free with the Moscow Pass, the regular price is 350r. This is an interesting museum and is well worth visiting for an hour or so. As is the case with many Russian attractions there is a requirement to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Hmmm, well I can see why other reviewers have struggled with this place, the collection is huge and the labelling and audio guide limited but it's still a remarkable experience. It some ways it is reminiscent of the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford in that it preserves an earlier approach to displaying material and some of the interiors, especially in... More 

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This small yet important neighbourhood is full of state institutions and offices. To understand where modern Russia began, go to the Kremlin and State Historical Museum on Red Square. After satisfying your historical curiosities, indulge in modern pleasures at GUM Department Store - not just for the sake of shopping but for the sake of architectural pleasure as well.
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