Moscow is one of the most visited cities in the world. Of course, first of all, it is associated with the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral. They are the main symbols of the city and Russia in general. Then there are The Arbat Street, GUM, the Tretyakov Gallery, The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Gostiny Dvor, The Bolshoi Theatre. Besides, the Russian capital has a rich variety of fascinating culture monuments, lovely architecture and rich history, which symbolize the beauty and the greatness of the country, the traditions of the Russian people.
We recommend you to start your Moscow journey in its central part. There is a concentration of the main attractions of the city: the famous houses and streets, gardens, churches and monasteries, museums and theaters. Then you can go to the suburbs, where you will find the beautiful parks and estates - such as, for example, Tsaritsyno, Arkhangelskoe, Izmailovo and many others.
Moscow is not only a great modern metropolis. It is a place where all the national peculiarities of the country come together. Moscow has a rich historical past and the dynamic present. We invite you on a journey through the main tourist attractions of the city and its suburbs. All the sights listed in alphabetical order for your convenience.
Adress: ul. Mokhovaya, 15/1. Metro: “Alexandrovskiy Sad” metro station.
The garden is located in the heart of the city, adjacent to the Kremlin walls. It consists of the Upper, Middle and Lower Gardens, whose total area is 10 hectares. It is a favorite place of tourists and citizens. It was founded in 1812 in honor of Russia's victory over Napoleon's troops, and named after Emperor Alexander I. Today you can have a great time in the. It is equipped with numerous beautiful alleys, pergolas with comfortable benches and numerous flower beds. There is the famous eternal flame located at the tomb of the unknown soldier. There is a duty of guard of honor every day, a change of this is a very interesting phenomena. Besides, here in the garden you can see the fascinating historical monuments (Monument obelisk in the Alexander garden, The Kutafiya Tower, Italian Grotto, the monument to Alexander I, the monument to Patriarch Hermogenes). Also you can admire the fountain "Cascade" which is located near the sculpture of three horses, and other historical objects.
St. Andrew's Monastery
Address: Andreevskaya Embankment, 2. Metro: “Vorobyovy Gory” metro station.
The valid men’s Orthodox monastery. It was opened in 1648 on the banks of the Moscow River, at the foot of the Sparrow Hills. The architectural ensemble of the monastery includes the Church of Andrey Stratelates (the monastery was named in his honor), The Resurrection Church, Church of St. John the Theologian. The first Moscow school was built here, where in addition to Russian language students studied foreign languages, so the monks could deal with the most complex literary translations from other languages. Later, Alexis II the Patriarch decided to open Patriarchal Compound here, but then the previous value was returned to the monastery again.
The State Diamond Fund
Address: Armoury Chamber, The Moscow Kremlin. Metro: “Alexandrovskiy Sad” metro station.
The State Diamond Fund is one of the best museums of jewelry in the world. It presents a unique collection of jewelry and rare gemstones, and metals. It is home to the greatest symbols of royal power: Big and Small imperial crowns, imperial scepter and orb, seven stones (including the world-famous diamond "Shah" and "Orlov"), these all are of great importance. The fund was created in the XVIII century, when Peter the Great decided to retain the most significant precious objects, decorations, medals and badges, which once belonged to the royal family.
The Botanic Garden "Apothecaries' Garden"
Assress: Prospekt Mira, 26/1. Metro: “Prospect Mira” metro station.
This is the oldest city’s garden. It was founded in 1706 by Peter I for the cultivation of medicinal plants (so the name of the garden connected with this fact). It is belonged to The botanic garden of Moscow State University. The park especially beautiful in spring, when the flowers bloom with many different colors. The garden’s flower collection consists of more than 2 thousand species. By the way, growers can easily purchase any flower seedlings. The garden Flower Festival takes place every spring, also there is the Orchid Festival in winter. The garden’s greenhouses are also the popular place. Here you can find rare and exotic plants.
The Arbat Street
Metro: “Arbatskaya” metro station.
The Arbat Street is the main “walking” street in Moscow. It has a unique special Moscow spirit, where every house and street has its own special history. The name of the street is interesting one: according to one version - the name comes from the place which was situated just between the Kremlin and Garden Ring road, according to the other version – the street was the outskirts of the city, referred to "arbad", which in Arabic means "suburb". Nomatter if it’s a day or a night, the Arbat street is always crowded by portrait painters, street musicians, dancers, tourists. It often hosts various exhibitions, flash mobs and other cultural events. Guests can relax in some charming cafes, or numerous bars. There are special shops for tourists who want to buy gifts and souvenirs. So, if you want to have a fun and get some bright emotions go to the Arbat street.
The Cathedral of the Archangel
Address: The Cathedral Square of the Moscow Kremlin. Metro: “Biblioteka imeni Lenina /Borovitskaya” metro station.
This cathedral is the most beautiful one, it was built in the beginning of XVI century in honor of the Archangel Michael, the icon of whom today is the main shrine of the temple. Before Peter I it was used as the ancestral burial for Rurik and Romanov: Ivan Kalita, Basil I, Vasily III of, Dmitry Donskoy, Ivan the Terrible, Fyodor Ivanovich, Mikhail and Alexey Romanov and others were buried here. There are about 54 graves. At the moment, there is a museum in the cathedral, but at the Christianity holidays there are still warship services.
Moscow’s Biological Museum
Address: Malaya Gruzinskaya ul., 15. Metro: “Barrikadnaya” metro station.
This amazing museum is located in the really surprising place – in an old famous collector P. I. Shukin’s mansion. The building looks like a real fairy-tale palace. The museum's collection is considered the largest one in Russia. Each exposition is unique and has its own name: for example, "The life development on Earth," "World of Animals", "Plant Life", "The origin and evolution of a man" and more. Also there is a greenhouse in the museum where you can enjoy a year-round-blooming beautiful exotic plants. For the underwater world lovers there is the exposition, where you can see the real life of sea and freshwater inhabitants with the help of modern technologies. Moreover, the museum hosts different quests, interactive biology classes, so that adults and especially children must visit the museum. It will be not only interesting, but also useful.
Cathedral of the Annunciation (Blagoveshchensky Sobor)
Address: The Moscow Kremlin, Sobornaya Square. Metro: “Biblioteka imeni Lenina /Borovitskaya” metro station.
The cathedral was built by Pskov architects in 1489. It was named in honor of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. For a long time, it was a part of the royal court, where the kings and earls of Moscow came to pray. The icons for the cathedral were painted by the famous Andrei Rublev and Theophanes the Greek, but the fire destroyed everything. After the fire for the iconostasis where chosen two new series of icons - Doisusny and Prazdnichniy (Holidays one). There were paintings and icons by the same era painters. There are the ancient Greek sages’ pictures on the porch at the entrance of the cathedral: Aristotle, Ptolemy, Homer, Plutarch and others. The cathedral’s floor is especially beautiful and gorgeous – it is made of special stones - jasper, which has incredibly beautiful honey color.
Address: Teatralnaya pl., 1. Metro: “Teatralnaya / Okhotny Ryad” metro station.
Bolshoi Theatre is the main theater of opera and ballet in our country. It is a worldwide famous theatre, which was a member of the Imperial Theatres group with the Maly Theater. Its history begins in 1776, when earl Peter Urusov received permission on its construction from Catherine II. After that, the building was destroyed in fire for several times. Up to the coronation of Alexander II in 1856 there was a new building built, the design was created by the architect A. Kavos. Everything here arranged to highlight the grandeur and its rich history. The facade of the theater is decorated with eight columns created by O. Beauvais. Above the entrance portico there is a bronze sculpture of patron of the arts, the ancient god - Apollo, who drives a chariot drawn by four horses (the sculptor was P. Klodt). On the pediment there is the coat of arms of the Russian Empire - the two-headed eagle. Later an underground concert hall was added to the main building.
Bunker na Taganke (Cold War museum in a Soviet bunker)
Address: 5-y Kotelnicheskiy per., 11. Metro: “Taganskaya” metro station
The bunker is an ex Bunker "Tagansky", which was built as shelter in a case of a nuclear war in the 50’s of the twentieth century, during the Cold War with the United States. Its size is about 7,000 square meters, and its depth is 65 meters. The bunker has everything for living, including telegraph, radio studio and even a geodetic laboratory. In the bunker you can find many secret passages and tunnels, including underground connection to the subway stations "Taganskaya" and "Kursk". There are often hosts different games, quests, various presentations, so you won’t be here.
All-Russian Exhibition Center
Address: Prospekt Mira, 119. Metro: “VDNKh” metro station.
VDNKh is the famous art exhibition center in Moscow. It was opened in 1939 as a major agricultural exhibition of the country. There was the famous monument called " Worker and Kolkhoz Woman", by sculptor Vera Mukhina. Also here you can see the fountains - "Stone Flower" and "Friendship of Peoples of the USSR." The complex was included to the top 50 of the largest exhibition centers in the world. Its total area is about 520 hectares. Moreover, in VDNKh’s territory you will find various cafés and shops, and souvenir shops. Today All-Russian Exhibition Center is one of the most popular tourist attractions! This is not surprising, because here you can have a great time. You can relax, walk along the main avenues, visit the pavilions VVC, cycling or rollerblading, shooting at a shooting range, and finally, eat donuts, or cotton candy.
Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory)
Metro: “Vorobyovy Gory” metro station.
These hills were named in honor of the priest Vorobey (Sparrow in English), who owned these territories. That amazingly beautiful place offers gorgeous views of the city. It is the main Moscow’s observatory point. Hills are located on the right bank of the Moscow River. Sparrow Hills are a huge natural complex, where it is possible to find rare plants, as well as - animals and birds, which you can even feed. Of course, it is better to come here in the evening, when the whole city is immersed in lights. The view is immersing us into a very special, incredibly intimate atmosphere. There are always a lot of young people, and one of the reasons is the Moscow State University which is located next to that park.
Address: Vorontsov Park, 3. Metro: “Kaluzhskaya” metro station.
This park is a famous monument of landscape art, located in the territory which was owned the boyar Vorontsov family. Its total area is about 49 hectares. In the park you can see rare species of oak and elm, whose age reaches more than one hundred years. This park is a living area of squirrels and birds, magpies and woodpeckers. Walking through the alleys of the Vorontsov park, sightseeing, architecture of monuments of XVIII-XIX centuries (the entrance gate, the Temple of the Holy Trinity, the different wings and buildings) dip you into the unique aesthetic atmosphere.
Address: Petrovka, 28/2. Metro: “Pushkinskaya / Chekhovskaya / Tverskaya” metro station.
Vysokopetrovsky Monastery is a Russian Orthodox monastery in the Bely Gorod of Moscow. There are different versions of who was the founder of the monastery: the first says that it was St. Peter, the second - Ivan Kalita, and the third - Dmitry Donskoy. The exact date of its construction is also unknown, it is about 1315. The monastery is a complex of seven churches, most of which were built in XVII-XVIII centuries. There is an interesting fact that the first monastery buildings were made of wood, and then then people decided to enclose them with stone walls. The Cathedral of Metropolitan Peter is the oldest building of the monastery. The main shrine of the monastery are the relics of Metropolitan of Kyiv and Rus’ - Peter, which are located in the church of St. Sergius of Radonezh.
The Main Botanical Garden
Address: Botanicheskaya ul., 4.
How to get there:
-by subway: “VDNKh/Vladykino” metro station
-by bus: №24, №85, minibus №379 - to the bus stop "Hotel Ostankino".
The garden was founded in 1945 by the famous scientist N. V. Tsitsinov. Nowadays it is one of the largest gardens in Europe. The garden has more than 18 thousand plants in total, including more than 250 trees, 40 of which bloom every year. Cherry blossom is a beauty to see, this sort was specially brought from Japan. The Main Botanical Garden is a real Russian treasure, the largest scientific and educational center, thanks to which we can get to know the rich flora of Russia and the world.
Address: Ilinka, 4. Metro: “Ploshchad' Revolyutsii” metro station.
Gostiny Dvor is a large shopping complex, which was built in the XV century under the control of the merchant Averky Kirillov. It was the center of Moscow’s commercial life, where the merchants were living and selling their goods. Later, the courtyard was sold because of its bad condition. After that one, in the XVIII century there was built a new one (designed by architect George Quarenghi) at the Catherine II’ decree. Then it was rebuilt for several times because of the difficult landscape type. As the result, a large number of architects and builders participated the construction of Gostiny Dvor. In the late 90-ies Gostiny Dvor was renovated. During the building there were find interesting archaeological things was, so nowadays there is a museum on the territory of Gostiny Dvor.
GUM Trading House
Address: Krasnaya ploshad, 3. Metro: “Teatralnaya / Okhotny Ryad / Ploshchad' Revolyutsii” metro station.
GUM is the well-known Moscow’s trading house. It is also an architectural monument of the XVIII century, which was built in the traditional Russian style. The history of GUM is connected with Catherine II, who wanted to build a large shopping center instead of the usual small retail stores. And so it happened. This magnificent building (then it was called "Upper Trading Rows") was built in the classical style by the famous architect Giacomo Quarenghi. GUM building consists 16 small buildings, which are connected with each other by a transverse and longitudinal lines. The main building is made in the form popular style of construction of that time - the passage one, where all the shops are placed in tiers on both sides of the aisle. The facade of this building overlooks the Red Square. The architecture of this grand department store is an incredibly beautiful! Visit it, see the beauty by yourself!
Danilov Monastery (Svyato-Danilov Monastery or Holy Danilov Monastery)
Address: ulitsa Danilovskiy Val, 22. Metro: “Tulskaya” metro station.
Danilov Monastery is one of the oldest men’s monasteries in the city. It was founded by Prince Daniil Alexandrovich in 1560. The monastery is open nowadays, there are regularly daily warship service. There are also a Sunday school for children and youngsters, the spiritual development center. Moreover, the monastery has its own a publishing company "Danilovskiy Blagovestnik." The ensemble of the monastery includes the Trinity Cathedral, Church of the Holy Fathers, the church-bell tower, chapels and other buildings. There is a necropolis on the monastery’s territory, there are graves of well-known merchants, nobles and artists.
The State Darwin Museum
Address: Vavilova, 57. Metro: “Akademicheskaya” metro station.
The State Darwin Museum is one of Europe's largest zoological museums. It was opened in 1922 by zoologist Alexander Kots. From the museum’s entrance a fascinating journey into the wild world begins. It tells us about the history of our planet (there is especially interesting film about the origin and development of life on Earth). The museum has several rooms, each of room homes the animal world exposition - from the ancient to the modern species. There is also a 3D-cinema, which shows interesting themed movies.
Marina Tsvetayeva's House Museum
Address: Borisoglebskiy per., 6/1. Metro: “Arbatskaya” metro station, than to the bus stop “Kinoteatr "Oktyabr'" by bus №6, by trolleybus №2, №44.
The museum is located in a beautiful mansion, which was built in the Russian classicism style. Here the poet lived for eight years - from 1914 to 1922. This memorial flat, unlike many other places of Tsvetaeva residence, boasts its sincere and charm atmosphere. At the very beginning, the poet lived here with her older daughter and her husband, Sergei Efron, who, because of the 1917 revolution forced to leave as the army volunteer. In 1922 Tsvetaeva emigrated from Russia, but the memorial house stayed as it was thanks to the next owners who lived here after Marina (especially because of N. I. Kataeva-Lytkin). Especially cozy room is a living room with a skylight window, Empire styled furniture, a fireplace and antique clocks. The poet’s bedroom is also interesting one. There were Tsvetsyeva’s personal things (family photos, portraits of family and friends, copies of her manuscripts and so on). The museum often hosts exhibitions dedicated to the life of Marina Tsvetaeva.
The house-museum of Anton Chekhov
Address: Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya 6. Metro: “Barrikadnaya” metro station.
There are about 10 museums of the famous Russian writer and playwright. However, the very first of them was opened here – in Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya Street. This two-story building, which according to Chekhov’s words looks like "chest of drawers", became the writer’s place for four years. He created his plays "Ivanov" and "Leshiy", the comedy plays "The Wedding", "The Proposal", "Bear", as well as some novels and short stories right here. Chekhov often was visited by such famous people like Chaikovsky, Levitan, Nemirovich-Danchenko and many other Moscow elite persons. The museum was opened in 1912. Today here you can see Chekhov's bedroom and his office, writer sister’s bedroom and his brother Michail bedroom. All rooms were created by Anton Chekhov sister Mari’s drawings. The other halls home the exposition, which presents the personal play righter’s belongings. There is an interesting fact - the first exhibit, which with the life of the museum began, was a portrait of Chekhov painted by V. Serov.
The House-Museum of M. Y. Lermontov
Address: ul. Malaya Molchanovka, 2. Metro: “Arbatskaya” metro station.
This is a quiet place which is located on Malaya Molchanovka Street was the place where the poet spent his youth. It was a small house, which is the poet's grandmother rented from the merchant called Chernova. It was here where Lermontov began to write his world-famous poems. The museum was opened in 1981. Today there are lots of original manuscripts of his brilliant works, and his paintings with his relatives and friends. These things are really valuable. The museum’s exhibition tells not only about the poet's life, but also about the life in Moscow in the XIX century. By the 200th anniversary the poet's house-museum was renovated, and now in addition to the interesting exhibition the museum can host concerts of classical songs and music.
Gogol`s house (Gogol centre)
Address: Nikitskiy b-r, 7А. Metro: “Arbatskaya” metro station.
Gogol’s house is the museum and the library of the great writer. In addition, there is an exhibition hall, and a scientific research department. As you can see, there are lots of interesting and exciting things in Gogol's house, so take your time to look at everything.
The museum is located in the building where the famous author lived with the family of his friend Tolstoy for Gogol’s last four years. The museum’s exhibition occupies two floors. The first one introduces the genuine writer’s belongings, as well as the historical objects of that time. The second floor is dedicated to the Gogol’s books, his works and books about him. The museum’s affiche is always full of entertaining events such as exhibitions and poetry readings, various music concerts, and much more.
Address: Donskaya pl., 1 Metro: “Shabolovskaya” metro station.
Donskoy Monastery is the famous Russian men’s monastery. It was founded by the Tsar Fedor Ivanovich order in 1591 on the place of Russian fortifications field after the defense from the Crimean Khanate’s troops. The oldest building on its territory is a small cathedral (The Maliy Cathedral) which was built in honor of The Don Icon of the Mother of God. The architectural ensemble includes: The Big (Bolshoy) and The Small (Maliy) Cathedrals of The Don Icon of the Mother of God, a few churches dedicated to the Archangel Michael, The Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God, St. John Chrysostom, St. George, Earl Alexander Nevsky, St. Tikhon, and others, the bell tower and several chapels. There are a Sunday school and youth club "Donskoy". Moreover, there is a cemetery with the graves of famous public figures, writers, and scientists, as well as the soldiers of the 1812 war.
The State Russian Drama Theatre named after Pushkin or Pushkin Theatre
Address: Tverskoy b-r, 24. Metro: “Pushkinskaya / Tverskaya” metro station.
The doors of the theater were opened at the first time in 1914, with the Indian drama "Shakuntala". It was very loved by public. The leading actress of the theater was Alisa Koonen, also she was the wife of the first director of the theater - Alexander Tairov. There played such celebrities as Valery Barinov, Vladimir Vysotsky, Lilia Gritsenko, Valentin Abramov, Faina Ranevskaya, Vera Alentova, Valery Nosik, Andrei Panin, Nikolay Fomenko, Michael Porechenkov, Konstantin Khabensky, Maria Golubkina and many others. Moreover, the well-known directors such as Dmitry Astrakhan, Igor Bochkin, Nina Chusova Yuri Butusov and others are also worked there. Nowadays the director of the theatre is Evgeny Pisarev.
The Catherine Palace
Address: 1-y Krasnokursantskiy pr-d, 3/5. Metro: “Dostoevskaya” metro station.
These beautiful palace and park were built in the classical Russian style at the order of the Empress Catherine II. The palace was being building almost for 20 years (from 1773 to 1796), it was established on the place of an old wooden palace that belonged to Empress Anna Ioannovna in the beginning of the XVIII century. On its creation worked ones of the most famous architects - A. Rinaldi, J. Quarenghi and K. Blank. The Catherine Palace is often called the barracks because the Moscow garrison barracks of Paul I were settling here. In 1812, the palace was destroyed due to the war with France. In 1823 it was restored again. A main feature of the palace is the facade of the building with a portico of 16 majestic Corinthian columns.
There is a park, named in honor of Franz Lefort, (he was a close friend and advisor to the tsar). Almost all the buildings are saved since that time, alleys, ponds - Krestovsky and Golovin. The total area of the estate is 65 hectares. Here you can not only relax, plunge into the history, but also enjoy a wonderful nature of the park.
The Catherine Park
Address: Bolshaya Ekaterininskaya ul, 27/3. Metro: “Dostoevskaya” metro station.
Tis park is a monument of landscape art, which is located in the heart of the city. Its area is really big - about 16 acres. The park has a beautiful pond on the banks of which there are various pavilions and cafes. The Catherine Park is a wonderful place where you can have a great time: you can play tennis (there are tennis courts in the park), ride a catamaran, and dance to retro-songs and music in the evening. Here you can rent a bicycle, rollers, velomobiles and scooters. In winter, there is a rink where you can skate. Lovers of culture and history will like park’s monuments and sculptures. It also would be a great experience to visit to the chapel of St John Voin.
The Conception Convent or Zachatyevsky Monastery
Address: 2-y Zachatyevskiy per., 2. Metro: “Kropotkinskaya”, “Park Kultury” metro stations.
Zachatyevsky Monastery is the women’s Orthodox convent,which was founded in 1360 by Metropolitan Alexy, with the Tsar Fedor Ivanovich support. It was named in honor of the previous cathedral which was located – The Cathedral of St. Anne. The architectural complex of the Monastery includes: the oldest buildings – Nadvratnaya church Spasa Nerukotvornogo (“Надвратная церковь Спаса Нерукотворного”), the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Descent of the Holy Spirit Church, as well as renovated (in 2014) apartments of the famous Russian writer and folklorist P. V. Kireyevski.
The Zoological Museum of Moscow University
Address: Bolshaya Nikitskaya ul., 6. Metro: “Okhotny Ryad” and “Biblioteka imeni Lenina” metro stations.
The Zoological Museum of Moscow University is one of the largest museums in not only of our country but of the whole world. It was opened in 1791 as the part of the Imperial University of Moscow. And in 1899 it became a public one. Today, its fund has about 8 million items. The biggest exhibition are the collection of mammals, birds and insects. There are more than 7500 exhibits in the museum. It is interesting that here you can see not only modern fauna, but also the ancient animals’ bones. You definitely will enjoy the attractive interior of the museum. Each room has its own characteristics and design. There are excursion programs for adults and children, various games and contests.
Address: Red Square. Metro: “Ploshchad' Revolyutsii” and “Okhotny Ryad” metro station.
This chapel is located right at the Resurrection Gate, which open opening the passage to the Red Square. Iveron Chapel is named in honor of the Iberian Icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary (the original icon is located in Greece in Iviron monastery on Mount Athos). The date of its appearance is 1680 - it was decided to build a chapel to put there an exact Athos replica of the icon. That decision was made by the Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich. The servants of the chapel were monks from the Iberian community. Traditionally, it is believed that before going to the Red Square, you have to stop in front of the gates to worship the icon.
Address: Gorodok imeni Baumana, 2/14.Metro: “Partizanskaya” metro station.
Izmailovo is the famous monument of landscape art. The royal residence once belonged to the Romanov family. It was built in the XVII century by the order of Tsar Ivan the Terrible. The Izmailovo island is a thing of particular interest, it was artificially created by Alexey Michaylovich. The estate is situated right on this island. The island is in the middle of the beautiful Serebryano-Vinogradniy pond, which appeared because of overlapping Serebryanka River by dams. The pond has a large area - 17 hectares.
In addition to estates on the island you can see St. Basil's Cathedral, the gate of the Tsar’s yard (the central building of the estate), military almshouses, the monument to Peter the Great, the bridge tower, the cast-iron arch and fountain.
Once the wild animals were kept there, so a large number of pavilions with fragrant scents of flowers, greenhouses with overseas fruit were also built. Today Izmailovo is the oldest manor in Moscow. It is very popular among tourists. Here you can relax, take a walk along the green alleys, admire the beautiful architectural monuments and sculptures.
Address: Izmaylovskoye sh., 73Ж. Metro: “Partizanskaya” metro station.
We should highlight this the most beautiful art of architecture. It is a modern building (2007), but it has already become one of the most visited attractions in Moscow. It is noteworthy that the Kremlin architectural ensemble is very similar to the plan of the manor "Izmailovo". There lots of museums of various subjects located on the territory of the Kremlin. In the Kremlin’s heart there is the Church of St. Nicholas. In church you will find a viewing platform from which you can see the beautiful Serebryano-Vinogradniy Pond with its magnificent Izmailovo island. Izmailovo Kremlin hosts exhibitions, fairs where you can buy products of folk art, antiques, traditional Russian souvenirs, jewelry and much more. There also different workshops, children's games, contests are organized. You will be delighted by such a number of interesting events held here, so positive emotions are guaranteed!
The Izmailovsky Park
Address: alleya Bolshogo Kruga, 7. Metro: “Partizanskaya” and “Izmailovskaya” metro stations.
The Izmailovsky Park is one of the largest parks in the country. It covers an area of 1530 hectares. It features lots of greenery. It is divided into two parts: the forest and the park itself. In the forest you can see the animals - hares, hedgehogs, martens, birds - owls and woodpeckers. This park is a place of leisure and relax: here you will find many attractions (in summer - bicycle rental, movies and velomobile, in winter - ski rental, skates). There is a very nice pond in the central part of the park, where you can go boating. On Saturdays in the summertime live music concerts are organized there. Moreover, here you can find a “rope town” for climb lovers.
Historical and Memorial Museum "Presnya" or The State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia
Address: Bolshoy Predtechenskiy per., 4. Metro: “Krasnopresnenskaya” metro station.
Its main attraction is the famous diorama "The heroic Presnya. 1905". This diorama ranks among the most Europe’s large-scale dioramas. For over 150 years of existence, the museum collected a lot of information about the history of the spiritual, political and economic development of Russia. It was opened in 1924. Many interior things are still in a good condition. Interiors, which tells us about the revolutions of 1905, 1917 and 1991 are of great importance. The museum often hosts exhibitions devoted to the history of Presnya and the events of 1991.
The State Historical Museum of Russia
Address: Red Square, 1. Metro: “Okhotny Ryad / Teatralnaya” metro station.
This museum is a monument of history and architecture. It is the country's main national museum, located on the Red Square. It looks like a fabulous carved tower. The museum's collection includes more than 4.5 million items that tell us about the history of Russia from the ancient time to the modern one. In addition, it contains an incredibly huge amount of documentary material (about 15 million copies).
This magnificent building was built in 1881 by Emperor Alexander II’s decree. The museum consists of three floors, on which there are lots of rooms and halls which tell visitors about the main historical events of the Russian state. There are modern interactive displays that help you to get the important information about the museum and exhibits. The museum organizes guided tours, thematic working groups for children, educational lectures, performances.