A museum in the open air; consists of churches, towers and wooden buildings from the 16th and 18th centuries. John the Baptiser church, The Church of Diakovo village, Voznesenia church, bell-towers, house of Peter the Great, monuments of Russian wooden architecture. The oldest oak-trees in Moscow grow in the park (c.400).
Nearest metro station - Kolomenskaya
The Church of the Ascension, built as a palace church in 1532, is the earliest and the most significant of Kolomenskoye's buildings. It is supposed that the Church of the Ascension is a votive church constructed by Vasily III as an offering of thanks for the birth of his long-awaited son Ivan, to be known as Ivan the Terrible. The Church of the Ascension is known as the Russia's first stone tent-roofed church. The sweeping silhouette of the church resembles the magnificent wooden tower-like churches erected by Russian carpenters. In contrast to traditional Russian domed cruciform churches, the Church of the Ascension was created in the form of a gigantic pillar and has neither supporting columns nor piers.
The entire weight of the building presses against to the walls which are 2.5 to 3 metres thick. The height of the church is 62 metres.
Did any of your relatives fight in the Second World War? One seldom asks this question at home, as there is no family that stayed aside.
Well, then you know about lend-lease – it’s the arms, food, fuel , etc . that your granddads gave to mine. Lent, that is – we seldom get anything gratis here.
These were the goods the famous Arctic convoys brought to this country, sailing back with golden cargo – when they were lucky to pull through. The Brits have been nagging their government into issuing an Arctic Star for the 200 surviving veterans, and it appears they had finally succeeded. Good job, guys!
This is what this ‘off the beaten path’ museum is about.
The good part is that it is very easy to locate, just a couple of minutes from the central Oktyabrskaya metro station. The not so good part is that the museum’s site is in Russian only. However, I would take a chance any morning during the school year, as it is operated by enthusiastic school-kids.
The address is
School 1262, Jitnaya street 6, Moscow 119049
Polytechnical museum is a scientific, enlightening and cultural-leisure centre of Russia, the main museum in history of science and technology.
In December 1991 the Museum was declared a federal property and defined as a particularly valuable object of Russian national heritage, including the Museum itself and the Central Polytechnical Library.
The Museum keeps more than 100 collections with more than 170,000 exhibits. Many of them are unique relics of science and technique. Museum's exposition occupies about 10,500 sq. m. and it is designed according to the chronological principle with the application of original historical documents and materials, relics of science and technology, working models and installations, dioramas.
There are departments of Geology and Mining, Metallurgy, Chemical technology, Engineering, Automation and Computers, Automobile transport, Radioelectronics and Communication, Optics, Meteorology, Cosmonautics, Power engineering in the Museum. Visitors themselves can take part in entertaining physical experiments in the new department "Igroteka", which is an interactive exposition.
Museum offers entertaining programs for parents with children "Day-off in Polytechnical", introducing unique relics of science and technology in museum collection. Special courses for specialists in different lines of training are designed for adults also.
from 10.00 to 18.00 every day
for adults - 150 rubles (US 5.00)
for schoolchildren & students - 75 rubles
Ticket offices are open daily except Monday and last Thursday of every month, from 10.00. to 17.00.
The price of excursion:
for adults - 3500 rubles (US 118.00)
Advance orders of the excursion program by telepnone: (095) 923-4287.
The Museum of History of Moscow is one of the oldest museums of the city. It's collection was based on the exhibits of the pavilion "Moscow" at the All-Russian Artistic and Industrial exhibition, which was held in Nizhny Novgorod in 1896 where the Moscow City Adminisration displayed its achievements in providing the city with all amenities, improving its medical and sanitary conditions, in a public education, charity. Just in this year the Museum of Moscow Municipal Facilities and Services was opened by the order of the Moscow City Duma.
The Museum changed its name and location several times within a hundred years history. In 1921 the Museum was called Moscow Municipal Museum and was located in Sukhareva Tower - the restored monument of 17th century. Under the influence of the plan of Moscow's reconstruction accepted in 1935 the name and an expositions character of the Museum were changed. In this time it was called the Museum of History and Reconstruction of Moscow and moved into the building of the Church of John the Theologian "under the Elm", were it is located now.
Since 1987 the Museum is called the Museum of History of Moscow.
This unique place - "Military-historical museum of armored vehicles and armament of Main auto-tank directorate of Defense ministry of Russian Federation" (it's the exact translation of official name), widely known as "Kubinka", is located just 64 kilometers west from Moscow, in peaceful rural area near Kubinka railway station, Odintsovo district.
Museum presents the unique, world's biggest collection of armored vehicles starting from WWI first constructions to modern main battle tanks. Collection was founded in 1931 and is still growing with new battlefield findings and army write-offs, with present-day count of more than 300 vehicles.
Collection is displayed in seven hangars. Four of them are assigned to Soviet and Russian armor, split in Heavy, Medium. Light and Wheeled vehicles hangars, with total number of 130 exhibits. Among them you can see 5-turret giant T-35, legendary T-34, formidable "Josef Stalin" line, UFO-shaped experimental vehicles, "flying tank" T-80 and many others.
This is the sword our Prime-Minister labeled as ‘only good for cutting sausages’ – he is into Japanese martial arts, he should, of course, know.
Frankly, I am glad someone told this veteran painter-in-waiting what he is worth. And to grab a three-story gallery for his one-man show right opposite the Pushkin Museum is really a bit forward.
I am no certified expert in painting, but courting business and power one becomes a businessman, not an artist.
His early works are worth looking at, though, especially graphics.
All images http://www.glazunov.ru/EN/index.html
The site is translated into English by a native speaker, or so they say.
*Oleg, Novgorod ruler of Scandinavian origin (late 9th – early 10th century)
*Igor, his son, Kiev ruler (10th century)
Cat museum in Moscow has successfully pulled through all crisis times and will be 20 years old soon.
P.O.Box 6 121552 Moscow Russia (for correspondence)
109/1 Rublyovskoye Shosse Moscow Russia (for visitors)
Metro station Molodezhnaya, 300 m
By prior arrangement only
Address: Moscow 2nd Kozhevnichesky pereulok, 12
Metro station Paveletskaya or Proletraskaya, tram 35, 38 to Novospassky most
(follow the map on the other photo)
Open: 11.00 – 17.30 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Entrance: 50 roubles
Excursion: 80 roubles
NOTE: tariffs subject to inflation
The Bitsa valenok manufacturing company
The site exists only in Russian, try Internet-translation
This is not The Prince of Monaco's Private Collection. This is much more interesting. I don’t suppose H.S.H. repairs vehicles with his own noble hands?
There are over 130 vintage cars, lorries and motorcycles, including a 1914 Peugeot – the owner was chased out with the revolution, but the car stayed, and the only ZiS in green, presented by Stalin to the Russian Patriarch after WWII.
They are particularly proud of their Horch-853. The car was made especially for Paris Auto Show 1935 and was awarded The Grand Prix, now on UNESCO’s list of historic artifacts of the world.
The collection started when the 1916 Rolls-Royce used by the last czar, as well as by the first Soviet leader, gained its new life in the hands of Alexander Lomakov in 1959. Today his grandson runs the museum.
Open: daily 11.00 – 19.00
Closed: December 31, January 01 & 02
Groups: min 20, max 55
Entrance: 200 roubles
Excursion: 50 roubles p.p. – group ; 1000 roubles – individual
Photography permit: 100 roubles
Camp buffet: 200 roubles p.p.
NIGHT TOUR: (19.00 – 10.00), group, 2500 roubles, prior arrangement
CABRIOLET RIDE: 250 roubles p.p.
Interpreter service - contact in advance, or bring your own
NOTE: tariffs subject to inflation
Address: Moscow, Krasnodarskaya st. 58.
Metro station Lublino 350 meters
The site is partially translated into English. Never mind the style, they are engineers, not linguists.
Mobil Telephone: +7 (903)240-5742
Trying to make a pal of Pushkin will leave you quite confused as it is not easy to decide which way to go.
‘THE’ Pushkin museum, the world famous Museum of Fine Arts standing next to The Saviour Cathedral had nothing at all to do with the bard, except it was named after him on the 100 years anniversary of his death – he was a famous duelist, his and our luck he was not shot much earlier.
The relevant place is at 12/2 Prechistenka street (metro Kropotkinskaya). This very typical after-Napoleon Moscow mansion houses a vast collection of artifacts and will give you quite a glimpse into the poet’s life in Moscow, but there is no proof whatsoever that he had ever visited this place.
Pushkin did rent a flat at 53 Arbat street (metro Arbatskaya), though not for a long time, after he married Natalia Goncharova – the happy couple stands now in bronze on the other side of the street.
Excursions are available to both for a funny price, maybe you will even find someone speaking a foreign language there – you wouldn’t have a problem in Pushkin’s time as the nobility spoke more French than Russian.
Last but not least – this lovely one-storey house where Pushkin’s uncle Vassili lived, a poet in his own right and a very amicable fellow. Not open for visitors yet, but still worth seeing – do you expect our zealous mayor will leave many wooden houses in Moscow in the nearest future?
All photos – courtesy of the respective museums
I am no fan of this double-faced Pharisee. Someone who had lost his family-home in Yasnaya Polyana to a gambling-debt and made the life of his wife and children a nightmare has no business to preach humility to mankind.
The house you are going to see in Khamovniki (the old weavers’ village) was purchased in 1882; Tolstoy was already 54 and could afford to move into the old capital.
21 Lev Tolstoy street, metro Park Kulturi (pass the cheerful St. Nickolas church – a real bonus, then turn right, about 10 min on foot)
Phone/fax: +7(499) 246-94-44
The main building of the Tolstoy museum, however, has never been blessed by his presence - same arrangement as the Pushkin museum in the same street. It’s a very typical ‘after-1812-fire’ Moscow manor house. However, take care: it’s wood!
11 Prechistenka street, metro Kropotkinskaya (next stop after Park Kulturi), about 5 min on foot
Phone/fax: +7(499) 766-93-28
Guiding promised in English and French.
No foreign language site, and to navigate the Russian one is a real headache.
Open (both buildings): 10 – 18 daily
Closed (both buildings): Monday; the last Friday of each month
Entrance – special rate for foreign guests - 150 roubles; 50 – students
Pervission photo-shooting – 100 roubles
Video – 200 roubles
Leo Tolstoy as a poster – just 9 roubles (serves him right!)
All images – courtesy of the same museum
The Matryoshka museum was born 2001 under the friendly umbrella of the Handicrafts’ Foundation and is located on its premises – so far. Land is dear in Moscow, and museums bring little gain.
Open Monday – Thursday 10 – 18, Friday 10 – 17
Closed Saturday, Sunday
Photos courtesy www.onfoot.ru
A fairly sensible piece on our 'matryoshkas’ under economic crunch
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art is within reach both geographically and financially – 150 roubles makes 1.5 cups of coffee these days.
While you can easily brew your coffee at home, doing the same about Malevich, Exter or Pirosmani works would be a bit of a problem.
• 25 Petrovka street, Moscow («Chekhovskaya» or «Pushkinskaya» metro stations) - that's very central
• Open: Mon-Sun 12:00-20:00 (ticket office open till 19:15)
• Closed last Monday of each month
Not all pages are translated into English so far
All images - courtesy of the same museum
The Moscow Underground Museum, contrary to what one may expect, lies on the 3rd floor up (that will be 2nd floor European style). It is not about the revolution, it’s about metro, and that was very revolutionary for its time.
The museum is sponsored by the metro and therefore is quite modest, which does not mean plain. You will see, if you manage to locate it, and that’s not easy.
First take the red metro line to Sportivnaya station. You need the southern exit that leads to the Luzhniki stadium. Don’t go there, stay inside the station outside the ticket-gate and head right to the militia (police) room – the museum is behind the last door in that corridor.
If you speak Russian, you can ask the police for further directions (hopefully your papers are in order!) Or else you can write ‘Metro Museum’ on a sheet of paper and show them. I hope their secondary school English will be enough to make it out.
There is a huge collection of old photos, besides, you can visit the driving cab.
Open: Monday 11 – 17, Tuesday – Friday 9 - 16
Saturday, Sunday closed
According to unreliable sources, individuals admitted only Thursdays
For a guided tour book in advance
All photos – courtesy www.Mosmetro.ru
P.S. They have translated the site into English
Our TV features a film L'Escadrille 'Normandie-Niemen' tonight on the eve of the V-Day. We have it on May 09 for a number of reasons, not only because of the time zone difference, but that’s a long story.
I won’t be surprised to learn your youths have little idea which side the Soviet Union took in the World War II. You may want to take them to some enlightment to this museum. It is located in the French-language school # 1216 in Moscow, about a quarter of an hour on foot from the Kremlin, the address is Bolshai Loubianka street 19/3, metro station Loubianka.
Come quickly, the school may have to move to the outskirts pretty soon – downtown land is expensive and developers are not sentimental, you know.