Red Square - State History Museum, Moscow
The State Historical Museum (Russian: Государственный исторический музей, read: Gosudarstvenny istoricheskiy muzyey) of Russia is famous museum of Russian history near Kremlin. The museum was founded in 1872 by Ivan Zabelin, Aleksey Uvarov and some others.
There is several branches of the museum: the Romanov Chambers Zaryadye and Saint Basil's Cathedral, and from 1934 and the Novodevichy Convent. Some of the churches and other monastic buildings are still affiliated with the State Historical Museum.
Museum can be visit everyday except Tuesday and every first Monday in month when is closed.
State Historical Museum was built between 1875 and 1881 by architect Sherwood and was officially opened to mark the coronation of Alexander III in 1894.
From outside it is beautiful building to look at. Inside is a museum covering Russian history from prehistoric tribes until the present-day. We didn’t go in because I’ve heard most are written in Russian.
Instead we had a look at the souvenir shop inside the museum and we bought Matryoshka nesting dolls.
Sadly we were late and missed being able to visit the museum; so just external appreciation of the building was possible.
The Museum is open:
Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., ticket office is open till 5 p.m.
Sun: from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., ticket office is open till 7 p.m.
The new exhibition hall is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., ticket office is open till 6 p.m.
The museum is closed Tuesday and the first Monday of each month
Excursion office tel.: (495) 692-37-31
Cultural and Educational department tel.: (495) 692-06-68
Ticket: For adults - 250 RUB
What's good that you can easily found it! Historical museum's location - Red Square!
This museum is large!
And there is an amazing exhibition of gold! Adorable!
Lots of exhibits related with Russian history! Books, clothes, money, weapons and so on..
The Historical Museum (1878-83) illustrates the growing preoccupation with Russian history at that time. Through the vehicle of the Archaeological Society, new discoveries had been made and collections amassed which led to the idea of a central museum. Vladimir Sherwood
won the competitionfor the facade together with the engineer A. Semyonov. Although insideit has well-lit halls decorated in an interesting neo-Russian manner, its facade, a hodgepodge of ancient Russian motifs in unattractive red brick (Sherwood would have preferred coloured tiles) looks decidedly lugubriousin comparison with the magnificence of St.Basil Cathedral at the other end of thesquare. Still, it is a stunning museum, which regrettably has been closed for the past seven years for repairs.
The Moscow State Historical Museum is a hulking, massive building that dominates the northern part of Red Square. Most visitors to Moscow will also know it as the building where you have to check your bags before going to the Lenin Mausoleum. We did not go into the museum (part time constraints, part Cliff's desire to simply wander around). As the name suggests, the Museum holds a variety of artefacts that cover the entire history of the lands now called Russia - from the paleolithic age right to the present. The problem, of course, is that nothing is labelled in English (although there are allegedly English language handbooks to take along).
For those with a flair for architecture, the building is also interesting for the way that it mirrors and changes Western architectural trends. It is constructed in the so called Russian Revivalist style, which is the Russian equivalent of the Neo-gothic movement that was popular in England and other western countries in the 19th century.
The State Historical Museum is a museum charting the development of Russian civilization from Kievan Rus to the present day, housed in a magnificent dark redbrick building covered in ornate turrets and pinnacles, which was built in the 1870s and officially opened by Tsar Alexander III.
Located at the western end of Red Square, opposite St. Basil's Cathedral, the State History Museum contains a collection of over four million items about Russian history, dating all the way back to the Stone Age.
Originally opened by Alexander III in 1894, it was closed between 1986 and 1997, as it underwent an extensive restoration (considered too gaudy during the Soviet period, its red-brick exterior had been plastered over). It was finally reopened in 1997.
A joint ticket grants entry to both the State History Museum and St. Basil's Cathedral. The State History Museum is open Wednesday to Monday (except the first Monday of the month) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This is the main museum in Russia dedicated to the country's history. It was opened in 1894 and built in the Russian revival site, and its addition has augmented the beauty and harmony of Red Square.
Its collection is vast from the prehistory through the rise of the Kievan state to the XIX century. There are also exhibits on nations of the Caucauses, Siberia, Central Asia - lands that were once parts of Russian Empire and Soviet Union. If you are interested in modern Russian & Soviet history don't miss the Contemporary History museum near Pushkin square.
The star exhibits are the thousands-years old canoe from Voronezh, a marble Skythian sarcofagus with traits of both ancient Greece and ancient China in its design and decoration, exhibits from the middle ages and the time of Ivan IV.
This is definitely a must-see if you want to learn Russian history. Be aware though that all the signs are in Russian, so if you don't read it, you will need a guide or a friend to understand what you will be looking at.
The impressive building of the State History Museum dominates the Northern end of the Red Square. It houses a vast collection of artefacts from the stone age to pre-revolutionary Russia. The exhibition is very well presented and the beautiful rooms are decorated according to the theme which is displayed there. Unfortunately nearly all explanations are in Russian only.
The Museum is open Wednesday to Monday from 10am to 6pm. Admission for adults is 150 Roubles
State Historical Museum stands on the central square of Moscow beside the walls of the ancient Kremlin and is the largest national museum in Russia. It was established in 1872 by public demand but under royal patronage of Alexander III.The museum halls are arranged so that the painted, carved and molded art objects represent the artistic and stylistic features of each historical epoch of Russian culture.
The Museum now contains some 5 million objects representing Russia's multinational culture and 12 million documents charting Russian history from earliest times to the present day. Tremendous quantity of archaeological finds, historical relics and articles of everyday use, tools, costumes, and works of imitative arts pertain to the history of Russia.
Open: Wed - Mon from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m.
Closed: Tuesday and first Monday of the month.
The State Historical Museum is another magnificent building located at the northern end of Red Square.
Here you can learn about the entire history of Russia, from the Stone Age onwards.
Although we didn't actually enter the museum, the outside was spectacular enough - huge and red, it featured in many of my favourite photos from Moscow.
Closed on Tuesdays and the first Monday of the month.
The State Historical Museum is a museum dedicated to the development of Russian civilization. It's a building made in dark red bricks with red turrets and white pinnacles by the Tsar Alexander III.
While the outside is really nice, the inside is even more interesting, thanks to its murals, carvings and ceiling painting containing the family tree of all the Russian monarchs until Alexander III.
The museum is open from 11am to 7pm, except Tuesdays.
Closed for many years under the Soviets, The State History Museum at the north end of Red Square is open once again, and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger as more and more of it is opened up. The storehouse of treasures of the past seems limitless. From the days of pre-history the museum tells the story of the history of the Russian people in a kaleidoscope of different exhibits and artifacts. Even the building with its lavish decoration inside and out is an an attraction. You could spend days in here.
The State Historical Museum, standing majestically at the western end of Red Square, is housed in a magnificent dark redbrick building covered in ornate turrets, pinnacles and decorative saw-tooth cornices. The museum was built between 1875 and 1881 by the architect V. Sherwood and the museum was finally opened in 1894 by Tsar Alexander III. The building's interior is lavishly decorated and features murals, carvings and an impressive ceiling painting depicting a family tree of all the Russian monarchs from Vladimir and Olga of Kiev to Alexander III.
The museum charts the development of Russian civilization, from its ancient tribal beginnings to the formation of Kievan Rus, through a fascinating series of archeological exhibitions. The museum's exhibition rooms lead the visitor through the history of Russia from its earliest Neanderthal beginnings. Of particular note are a 5000-year-old longboat, which was excavated next to the Volga River, Scythian equestrian decorations dating from the 1st millennium BC and numerous artifacts from the various nomadic tribes that wandered the Russian steppe and traded with the civilized world of Rome via the Black Sea.
The displays trace the development of the Finno-Ugrian, Mordovian, Khasar and Slavic peoples and their final uniting under the banner of Kievan Rus, in the 9th century AD. Room 7 details the state's conversion to Christianity by Prince Vladimir in 988 and the museum's final hall is dedicated to "Relics of the Russian State", and features a fantastic array of portraits of the Romanov Tsars, various thrones and many authentic uniforms. The museum was closed and underwent a massive restoration program between 1986 and 1997, but today most of the interiors have been restored and visitors are free to wander round the majority of the rooms in the building.