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Museum Guide for Moscow

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Whether you are a classical art lover or a fan of provocative or conceptual contemporary art, Moscow's museums offer its visitors all kinds of exhibitions and events. Follow this guide to discover something culturally new and exciting; in this city there is simply no danger of you leaving without having enjoyed a great show or two.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveler
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

12 Places

5 City Tips

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12 Places

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Art Museums

Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center

Specialty Museums

The State Tretyakov Gallery

Art Museums

New Tretyakov Gallery

Art Museums

Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

Art Museums

Multimedia Art Museum

Art Galleries, Art Museums

Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond)

Specialty Museums

Bunker-42 Cold War Museum at Taganka

Military Museums

Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Art Galleries, Art Museums, Specialty Museums

Vinzavod Modern Art Centre

Art Museums

All-Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art

Art Museums

Melnikov House

Architectural Buildings, Specialty Museums

Artem M's City Tips

  • Stick to restaurants where they specialize in traditional or inventive Russian cuisine. Where else in the world can you try a gray soup made of sour cabbage?
  • For a quick bite, any noodle place will work; the city is full of them.
  • The metro is a great solution if you prefer fast and encyclopedic rides through the historic center (most of the stations in this area are sort of museums themselves!)
  • There are a number of international taxi mobile apps operating in the city. The service is great and cheap too.
  • Moscow operates as a 24-hour metropolis, so you'll easily find something to eat at any time of night or day.
  • Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
    Art Museums
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    Artem M Says:

    A hip place and a favorite among young Muscovites and families with children, this museum is as famous for its educational programs and kids' activities, as it is for its art exhibits. I strongly recommend visiting here during summer when, after soaking up some art inside the pavilion, you can enjoy a glass of cold bubbly fizz outside on the lawn under huge artificial mushrooms (which are in fact simply architectural structures).

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The museum shop is great for souvenirs (far better than Arbat Street).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #167 of 2,780 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • VERY unfriendly staff but great modern art 11/04/2018
    • disapointing 09/07/2018
    • Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
    Address:
    Krymskiy Val St., 9/32
    Moscow 119049
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 495 645-05-20
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$0
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
    Specialty Museums
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    Artem M Says:

    The most digitalized and interactive museum in the city — the exhibitions here capture you from the moment you enter, and continue to lead you through centuries of Jewish history. Almost every corner of the museum is filled with touchscreen or responsive installations, making it a great place to explore for visitors of all ages. Plus, an interesting fact to note is that the building was constructed by the famous constructivist architect, Konstantin Melnikov, and was once a bus garage!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • There is a kosher shop with a small cafe just across from the museum — the falafel is pure heaven!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 2,780 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unexpected but a Must-see 10/20/2018
    • Remnants of Jewish Culture in Russia 10/15/2018
    • Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
    Address:
    Obraztsova St., 11, build. 1A
    Moscow 127018
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 495 645-05-50
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Fri
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Other:
  • The State Tretyakov Gallery
    Art Museums
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    Artem M Says:

    All school kids in Moscow are obliged to visit the Tretyakov Gallery at least once during their education, and it is an equally iconic place for tourists visiting the city. The museum collection is the result of the lifelong passion of private collector, Pavel Tretyakov, a 19th century Russian entrepreneur who bought directly from his contemporaries. I guarantee that the St. Trinity or the Vladimir Mother of God by Andrey Rublev won't leave you indifferent!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • The Rublev icon, Mother of God, is exhibited in a church inside the gallery. Check the opening hours in advance as entry is forbidden when a service is taking place.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 2,780 things to do in Moscow
    • Russian Art in one great collection 11/07/2018
    • Great Museum 11/06/2018
    • The State Tretyakov Gallery
    Address:
    Lavrushinskiy ln, 10
    Moscow 119017
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 495 951-07-27
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Tue - Wed
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Thu - Sat
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • New Tretyakov Gallery
    Art Museums
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    Artem M Says:

    The Krymsky Val branch of the Tretyakov Gallery focuses on 20th century art, and its permanent collection provides a great, easy-to-follow historical timeline — you can clearly trace how the avant-garde style was gradually replaced with social realism over the century. The sculpture garden, surrounding the building, is also well worth a look.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Location of the gallery is extremely convenient; opposite lies Gorky park (which includes the Garage Museum) and Muzeon Park lies just around the corner.
    • If you go by metro, I advise exiting at Park Kultury station and walking over the bridge to the gallery. You will definitely enjoy the view!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 2,780 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful journey through 20th Century Russian Art 11/06/2018
    • Best gallery in Moscow, 20th century art of Russia 11/01/2018
    • New Tretyakov Gallery
    Address:
    Krymskiy Val 10
    Moscow 119049
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 495 957-07-27
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Thu - Sun
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
    Art Museums
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    Artem M Says:

    This museum was named after Emperor Alexander III, who unfortunately never saw it finished. While it started out life as a university museum specializing in ancient sculptures and artifacts, later two new wings were opened — a building devoted to private collections and a separate space for Impressionism and Modern art — making it the true Fine Arts gem that it is today.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Highlights here are definitely the works by Monet and Paul Gauguin. You won't see such an intense concentration of masterpieces anywhere else.
    • Check the website for upcoming activities and news on temporary exhibitions.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 2,780 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • If you love art, you need more than a day 10/30/2018
    • Nice art collection, though not for art connoisseurs 10/25/2018
    • Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
    Address:
    Volhonka St., 12
    Moscow 119019
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 495 697-95-78
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$0
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Thu
    11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Sun
    11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Multimedia Art Museum
    Art Galleries, Art Museums
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    Artem M Says:

    The Multimedia Art Museum is the number one museum for photography and multimedia art in Moscow. Although the interior architecture of this venue might resemble the Guggenheim in New York, this spot has a distinctly more visitor-friendly environment. The exhibitions here are of exceptional quality, varying from the Pirelli Calendar to the private collection of Damien Hirst, and I strongly recommend you visit!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • The rooftop terrace is a great summer spot, overlooking the Church of Christ the Savior and the historical city center.
    • On the ground floor there is a nice play zone for children (and adults) organized by Lego.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 2,780 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Multimedia Art museum 07/17/2018
    • VERY Special 07/14/2018
    • Multimedia Art Museum
    Address:
    Ostozhenka St., 16
    Moscow 119034
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 495 637-11-00
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond)
    Specialty Museums
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    Artem M Says:

    This dark room in the heart of the Kremlin is filled with diamonds, both historical and modern. While most of the precious stone collection — funded and formerly protected by Peter the Great — was kept in St. Petersburg in the Winter palace, it was evacuated to the Moscow Kremlin during World War I, and came to light only in 1967.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Visit the Armoury and the Kremlin while you're here. They're all in the same building.
    • Tickets might be time-sensitive, so coordinate your plans accordingly.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 2,780 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Loved this Museum. 11/06/2018
    • Some beautiful diamonds, but that's it 10/23/2018
    • Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond)
    Address:
    Kremlin
    Moscow 103073
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 495 629-20-36
    Other:
  • Bunker-42 Cold War Museum at Taganka
    Military Museums
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    Artem M Says:

    Bunker-42 was built in the 1950s to protect the population from nuclear bomb attacks. It lies 65 meters below the surface and stretches across an area of over 7000 square meters. Not yet intrigued? A tour here includes a simulated bomb attack (which you won't ever forget!), plus the unique chance to see formerly secret films and papers, as well as an interesting exhibition about the Caribbean crisis.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Different kinds of tours are offered by the museum. Some involve a shot of vodka and a military choir, and others are visits to the more remote parts of the bunker.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #110 of 2,780 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Something special and unique! 11/11/2018
    • Brief and to the point 10/28/2018
    • Bunker-42 Cold War Museum at Taganka
    Address:
    Kotelnicheskiy 5th Lane, 11
    Moscow 115172
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 495 500-05-54
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Other:
  • Moscow Museum of Modern Art
    Art Galleries, Art Museums, Specialty Museums
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    Artem M Says:

    While the Moscow Museum of Modern Art has several buildings scattered across the city, the one on Petrovka is a good choice for its annual exhibitions of Russian modern and contemporary art. The building itself also has an interesting history, having been a mansion, a gymnasium, and a hospital in its former lives.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • There's a great museum shop and on-site cafe with fancy interior, specializing in Georgian cuisine.
    • The temporary exhibitions change every year or so. Check the website for details of the latest exhibition theme.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #302 of 2,780 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • "Never on Monday" 09/23/2018
    • Ask first 06/11/2017
    • Moscow Museum of Modern Art
    Address:
    Petrovka St., 25
    Metro: Chekhovskaya
    Moscow 107031
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 495 231-36-60
    Hours:
    Thu
    12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Vinzavod Modern Art Centre
    Art Museums
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    Artem M Says:

    The very first example of a Russian wine factory now houses Moscow's creative center for contemporary art: Vinzavod Modern Art Centre. The interior of this historical building is divided according to its original red-brick manufacturing halls, and features a mix of commercial galleries, art shops, book shops and cafes.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Great to visit on a Vernissage (preview) night when all the galleries in Moscow open new exhibitions simultaneously. Check online for dates.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #257 of 2,780 things to do in Moscow
    • Worth a visit - especially when 'Best of Russia' is on display 02/25/2017
    • Has the potential to be fabulous (but it isn't at the moment) 02/05/2017
    • Vinzavod Modern Art Centre
    Address:
    4th Syromyatnicheskiy Lane, 1/6
    Moscow 105120
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 495 917-46-46
    Other:
  • All-Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art
    Art Museums
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    Artem M Says:

    If you'd like to explore the origins of Russian artistic styles (including avant-garde), then this is the place for you. Plus, any interior design lovers or shopaholics are sure to enjoy the collection here too. Each of the beautifully detailed objects on view — whether it's a clay Dymkovo toy, a paper mache lacquer box, or an early Soviet porcelain piece — are likely to capture your attention for hours. A truly inspirational place!

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is famous for its shows of curiosities, sourced from private collections. Check the website for upcoming events.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #201 of 2,780 things to do in Moscow
    • Compact and Friendly Museum 11/08/2018
    • Small and surprising musuem 07/14/2017
    • All-Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art
    Address:
    Delegatskaya St., 3
    Moscow 127473
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 495 609-01-46
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$0
    Hours:
    Sun - Wed
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Thu
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sat
    1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Melnikov House
    Architectural Buildings, Specialty Museums
    Artem M Says:

    This building — the former private home of famous architect, Konstantin Melnikov — was designed with a honeycomb as its prototype, and the windows are also hexagonal cells. The interior is pure yet very cleverly organized, the original furniture was created by the owner himself, and the iconic structure is the only surviving example of private housing from the 1920s.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Visits should be scheduled in advance as the number of groups are limited.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #221 of 2,780 things to do in Moscow
    • fascinating 08/27/2018
    • Unique house 08/07/2018
    • Melnikov House
    Address:
    Krivoarbatskiy Ln., 10
    Metro Arbatskaya
    Moscow 119002
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 495 690-39-00
    Hours:
    Tue
    1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Wed
    11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Thu
    1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Sun
    11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
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