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State Historical Museum

#46 of 2,335 things to do in Moscow
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Red Square & Kitay-gorod
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Address: Red Square, 1, Moscow 109012, Russia
Name/address in local language
Phone Number: +7 495 692-40-19
10:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Mon 10:00 - 18:00
Wed - Thu 10:00 - 18:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 21:00

A 5000 year-old boat and other fascinating archaeological exhibits trace...

A 5000 year-old boat and other fascinating archaeological exhibits trace the history of Russian civilization from ancient times to the 20th century inside this spectacular dark red-brick building at Red Square.

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Good lesson of history.

Definitely a must for those who are interested in the Moscow's history. Time permit - not to see all at once. Come back to see more.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Moscow, Russia
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Moscow, Russia
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74 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely a must for those who are interested in the Moscow's history. Time permit - not to see all at once. Come back to see more.

Thank Darek_Wohun
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The entrance to the museum is found on the side of the building just after passing through the Resurrection Gate. Entrance is free with the Moscow Pass, the regular price is 350r. This is an interesting museum and is well worth visiting for an hour or so. As is the case with many Russian attractions there is a requirement to... More 

Thank Martin N
Oxford, United Kingdom
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55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hmmm, well I can see why other reviewers have struggled with this place, the collection is huge and the labelling and audio guide limited but it's still a remarkable experience. It some ways it is reminiscent of the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford in that it preserves an earlier approach to displaying material and some of the interiors, especially in... More 

Thank Polyolbion A
Shenzhen, China
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is great if you're curious about Russian history. A huge collection of historical pieces going back to the earliest settled times. For non Russian speakers, definitely get the audio guide. (But they don't have Chinese!) If you're not that interested in Russian history, skip this one.

Thank Eric N
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

I decided to visit the museum as its right on Red Square and I was mainly interested in 19-20th century russian artifacts. However, there are basically none. The first shock was that it cost 300 rubles to enter, and then another 300 rubles for the audio guide. Once I agreed to pay for the guide, they wanted to hold identification,... More 

Thank Steve H
Istanbul, Turkey
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

This museum was less then what i expected. Nearly nothing from the recent history/20th century. English labeling is really rare, you definitely need audio guide to understand something. The english one was good until Hall 29, but after that the descriptions on the guide did not match with the physical environment-probably due to room design changes. All in all, you... More 

Thank Kerem A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Just visit in case if you have enough time. Just a historical museum that displays all the ancient stuffs

Thank Adeeb T
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Interesting museum; you can see all kind of art...from paintings, to hand made objects; clothes and guns, natural history and some modern art. Quite a mix in this museum but interesting if you want to spend some more 30 min walking through corridors. If you seek for some art to impress you deeply, this is not the place! No explanations... More 

Thank Florin H
Zug, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Most important: Go to the main entrance (after the resurrection gate to the right) and check the opening hours (10 am when we visited). We first made the mistake to try and go through an entrance before the gate with a sign that said they open at 11 am. We got an audio guide (well worth it!) for the museum... More 

Thank swissami19
Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Poorly administered for English. Soviet and post Soviet exhibits closed, but no communication in English (no signs and no oral notice when purchase tickets) that it is closed. Narration in recorded English audio guide rented for 350 rubles does not correspond well to exhibits and has very little information. Could be great museum for non Russian speakers but needs effort... More 

Thank Harold J

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This small yet important neighbourhood is full of state institutions and offices. To understand where modern Russia began, go to the Kremlin and State Historical Museum on Red Square. After satisfying your historical curiosities, indulge in modern pleasures at GUM Department Store - not just for the sake of shopping but for the sake of architectural pleasure as well.
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