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State Museum of GULAG's History

1st Samotechny Lane, 9/1 | Metro Dostoevskaya, Moscow 127473, Russia
+7 495 621-73-10
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The large-scale exhibition "The national remembrance of the GULAG" opened on the 30th October 2015 in a new building of the GULAG History State Museum. The exhibition is organized as a chain of altering expositional areas, representing the recollections of the epoch of the political repressions to visitors. The central part of the exposition includes clothes, documents, photographs, "voices" of witnesses from the collections of dozens Russian museums, associated by the GULAG's history. The map of USSR with marked points of labor camps, camp administration and the amount of prisoners in different periods displays the geographical length and broadness of the exhibition. One of the main purposes of this exhibition project consists of enlightening the theme of the maintenance our historical remembrance of the terror and the GULAG, in promoting the profound comprehension and perception of the Soviet period in the Russian history, in connecting museums of the remembrance from the various Russian regions.
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1st Samotechny Lane, 9/1 | Metro Dostoevskaya, Moscow 127473, Russia
+7 495 621-73-10
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is, without a doubt, one of the best museums I've ever visited. The English audio guide perfectly steered me around the exhibition into an emotionally arresting and moving immersion into the nightmare engulfing so many thousands of ordinary people. The effect was moving without...More

1  Thank LondonKerryb
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Stalin's genocide is the subject many Russians prefer to forget then reflect on, but this spaces serves as a learning center as much as a memorial to millions those who perished in concentration camps for 'enemies of people' in 1930-50 in the so called Gulag...More

1  Thank Dimple19
Reviewed 30 April 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed walking through this museum. It was interesting reading about the lengths the government went to to be sure there existed no opposition. Still left wondering what all the current government allowed us to know about it, and if some details that were...More

Thank C_wood02
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

I happened to come across this museum on a Sunday stroll and couldn't resist visiting. Unusual facade hints that this is a multimedia museum (windows closed with wooden shutters), which I find intriguing. The museum is impressive - large, well organised - split into different...More

1  Thank Guy E
Reviewed 18 April 2017

This was an excellent museum. The museum is modern and even has a little cafe (although, don't plan to eat a fresh meal here). I highly recommend the audio tour. It is very well done and made the visit very meaningful.

Thank Maureen C
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Not so friendly for tourists, although for Moscow facts, where nobody speaks english or any signs are in english, a good effort is made at this museum! More exhibits should be added...there should be tons of evidence available regarding this part of the russian history....More

Thank Anna F
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

I had this on my list for a visit to Moscow in February. A little hard to find as it's outside the centre and in what feels like a housing area. Nonetheless make time for this visit: it's a true thought provoking learning experience.

Thank cvs50
Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Anyone that happens to be in Moscow just go to this museum. It's a very modern museum, with videos playing and a lot of the informations are in English. A "must go" to any history lovers and everyone that has curiosity about the socialist regime...More

Thank Fernanda F
Reviewed 23 January 2017

IMPORTANT NOTE: As of today (Jan 23, 2016) the location shown in the map-link in Tripadvisor is wrong. The address is correct (1st Samotechny lane), but the map points to the old museum location. And then my review: It is still very difficult to comprehend...More

Thank Anders_Virum_Denmark
Reviewed 10 January 2017

The history of the Gulags is very sobering. The mass incarceration of people without proper trials is scary to read about. The museum has many artifacts and is in an atmospheric building. There are plenty of signs in English too which is not a given...More

2  Thank Ronald3333
AnnaStadinchuk, Deputy Director for Development at State Museum of GULAG's History, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2017

Thank you very much for your feedback, we'll be glad to see you again!

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Are there English signs in the museum?
1 January 2017|
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Response from Almeda M | Reviewed this property |
There definitely are! I think they're fairly new so that could explain the confusion. Not 100% of Russian signs are translated, but I'd say a solid 90% are, and the English is actually good, unlike in some Russian museums.