If you wonder where all those statues of the Soviet heroes went, come to the Sculptures Park. Here you'll find a collection of Stalins, Lenins, Brezhnevs etc besides some new modern pieces of art.
The park is situated behind the huge Central House of Artists, opposite Gorky Park
Metro: Park Kultury/Oktyabrskaya
This 96m high titanium obelisk is a monument to the glory days of Soviet space flight. In its basement you find the Cosmonautics Museums with artefacts from different Soviet/Russian missions into space.
Admission is 30 Roubles
Just went here by chance as I had to deliver some papers for a friends. So once being there I decided that I might aswell have a look inside... And I was positively suprised: there's a great collection of art from China, Japan, India and other Asian countries.
Admission: 50 Roubles
Inaugurated in 1997, the Moscow Archeological Museum traces the history of the city with displays of artifacts dating back as far as the 12th century AD. Situated in a specially renovated underground venue on the edge of Manezhnaya Square, the museum's highlight is undoubtedly a substantial section of the limestone arches of the Voskresensky Bridge, which once spanned the Neglina River from the Bely Gorod quarter to the Resurrection Gate of Red Square.
entrans fee - 1 USD
Manezhnaya Ploshad 1a, Moscow
Metro: Okhotny Ryad
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 m. and it is designed according to the chronological principle with the application of original historical documents and materials, relics of science and technology, working models and installations, dioramas.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 huge 360° painting depicts the battle between the Russian and the Napoleonic army at Borodino in August 1812.
It's well worth a visit if you're interested in that part of history
Kutuzovsky Prospekt 38
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.
One of Moscow's finest examples of the art nouveau architecture of Fyodor Shekhtel, also known as the Ryabushinsky Mansion. The building served as the residence of the great writer Maxim Gorky from 1931 to 1936. Built just after the turn of this century, the mansion is appealing for its remarkable design and decoration, both inside and out. Shekhtel's design is an almost hallucinatory masterpiece of wave forms, floral mosiac and stucco decorations, and vibrant hues--the uncontested highlight is the sinuous main stair. All of this contrasts strongly with the building's significance as the home of one of Russia's greatest "proletarian" writers, but the irony merely adds interest to a visit.
Malaya Nikitskaya 6,
metro - Arbatskaya
Even wandering the grounds, admiring the exterior of the buildings and the flora, is a satisfying way to pass a couple of hours.
There is a group of large ancient oaks that are said to have been planted by Peter the Great, some 300 years ago. One is even said to be 600 years old, planted by Ivan Kalita.
If you'd like to see some of the museum buildings, please see my Kolomenskoe travelogue.
One of the first buildings that you'll encounter after the St. Saviour's Gate is the Church of Our Lady of Kazan.
It was built in 1650 for Tsar Alexis and is an excellent example of Moscow Baroque.
The church is open for services, so entering is okay, but photography is strongly discouraged. Inside the church, there is a replica of the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan, which is thought to have helped drive out the Polish invaders. If a service is ongoing though, it is easy to get caught up in that, and miss a few of the details of interior decor (as I did).
Please see my Kolomenskoe travelogue, if you're interested in seeing more of the buildings found here.
The Kolomenskoe grounds overlook the Moskva River from the southern tip. . .the view was picturesque and it was especially nice to see a number of older people enjoying the outdoors and calm (non-city) environment.
There is no charge to enter the grounds, but tickets must be purchased for the individual buildings, depending on which ones you want to enter.
The estate became a summer residence of the Grand Princes of Moscow in 15th century. Peter the Great spent his youth here, but the grounds and buildings fell into disrepair once he moved the capital to St. Petersburg.
In the main complex, inside the Front Gate Museum, you can view a mock-up of the grounds and buildings (including a palace that was complete destroyed by Catherine the Great in 1768) as they once were in Kolomenskoe Village.
If you're interested in seeing more of the buildings, please check out my Kolomenskoe travelogue.
The parklands between Kolomenskoe and Kolomenskaya Metro station is simply lovely; you'll pass through a long path bordered with some lovely flowerbeds and bushes. Then there is a small section through some high-rise housing. Lots of people were out walking and enjoying the beautiful weather. . .and it felt somewhat removed from the hustle-bustle of the downtown core.
We were constantly surprised by the number of green spaces and parks in Moscow. My mother especially had always had expectations that Moscow was a grey, industrial city. . but we found there was much more diversity than had expected.
The house is spectacular inside ~ each room is stunning and uniquely decorated, with stained glass panels, curved lines, wooden frames, sculpted staircases and moldings, and decorative chandeliers. Even the parquet floors have a different design in each room.
The most striking piece is the curved staircase of artificial marble, polished in the shape of a giant crashing wave and ending in a twisted bronze jellyfish-lamp.
The uniqueness of this house first becomes apparent upon approach ~ the curved wrought-iron gate caught our attention, then our gaze was drawn upwards by the mosaic pattern of irises that runs around the roof like a border.
The home was built in 1900 by Fyodor Shekhtel, for the wealthy arts parton Stepan Ryabushinsky. Years late, it would become home to Maxim Gorky, the "Father of Soviet Literature," who lived here for 5 years before his death.
The house is open now as a museum, with a number of pieces of personal memorobilia, as well as some storyboards and information panels that give visitors some of the story of Gorky's life. Although we visited primarily for the decor, we also found ourselves interested in learning about Gorky ~ he had been an early supporter of the Bolsheviks and thus earned himself a place in Stalin's good books (inadvertently, it would appear).
A visit to the Gorky House-Museum shouldn't be missed, for the design elements alone. The entrance is free, but you're welcome to leave a donation on your way out (considering some of the repair work that the exterior needs, please be as generous as a normal entry would cost).
The silver molding around the column at the top of this gorgeous staircase is of lizards. . .one of many fantastic little details that make the visit worthwhile.
Ryabushinsky, the original owner, was a member of the Old Believers sect and there is also a small collection of Old Russian art and icons on the second floor.