Visiting Museums in Moscow

Art, history, jewels and aeronautics – find out how to make the most of the museums in Moscow...

Moscow does not have a museum pass system. A ticket must be bought either for the museum or museum complex, and prices vary from R.100 to R.500. In most museums, free or discounted admission is available to students, people with disabilities, children under the age of seven and families with three or more children.

Museum Night

Every year Moscow's museums offer free admission on Museum Night. This is usually held on the night of the 18 to 19 May from 18:00 to 06:00.

Museums in Moscow

There are many museums in Moscow, below is a selection of just a few:

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts: One of the most important museums in Russia, it houses European and international art. Its rich collection of Western fine art dates from antiquity until the 20th century. In addition to its own collections, the museum also hosts temporary exhibitions.

  • The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
    At: 12 Volkhonka, Moscow
    Tel: (495) 609 9520
    Open: Daily from 10:00-19:00, ticket office from 10:00-18:00
    Getting there: Kropotkinskaya metro station, Sokolnicheskaya Line

Tretyakov Gallery: Founded in 1856 by the Russian merchant Pavel Tretyakov, the Tretyakov Gallery (Tretyakovskaya Galereya) initially displayed his personal collection, but in 1892 Tretyakov presented his collection to Moscow and it is now a state museum. The art gallery has a spectacular collection of the finest masterpieces of Russian artists such as Surikov, Repin, Vasnetsov, Kramskoy, Malevich and many others.

  • Tretyakov Gallery
    At: 10 Lavrushinskii Pereulok, Moscow
    Tel: (499) 230 7788 / (499) 238 1378/ (499) 951 1362
    Open: Thursday, Friday from 10:00- 21:00; Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00-18:00
    Getting there: Tretyakovskaya metro station, Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya and Kalininskaya Lines

Moscow Museum of Modern Art: The Moscow Museum of Modern Art specialises in art from the 20th and 21st centuries. The museum was founded in 1999 and houses over 2,000 works by artists including Dali, Malevich, Kandinsky, Chagall, Filonov and many others.

The museum has a unified ticket system that allows a visitor to visit all five buildings of the museum on the day on which a ticket is purchased.

  • Moscow Museum of Modern Art
    Tel: (495) 231 3660
    Open: Weekdays from 12:00-20:00; Thursday from 13:00-21:00, ticket office closes at 20:15, closed on the third Monday of the month
  • At: 25 Petrovka, Moscow
    Getting there: Chekhovskaya metro station, Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Line
  • At: 17 Ermolaevskiy Pereulok
    Getting there: Mayakovskaya metro station, Zamoskvoretskaya Line
  • At: 9 Tverskoy Boulevard, Moscow
    Getting there: Pushkinskaya metro station, Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line and Tverskaya metro station, Zamoskvoretskaya Line
  • At: 10 Gogolevskiy Boulevard, Moscow
    Getting there: Kropotkinskaya metro station, Sokolnicheskaya Line
  • At: 15 Bolshaya Gruzinskaya, Moscow
    Getting there: Barrikadnaya metro station, Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line and Belorusskaya metro station, Zamoskvoretskaya Line

Diamond Fund and Kremlin Armoury: The Diamond Fund (Almaznyi Fond) exhibition and Kremlin Armoury (Oruzheinaya Palata) are located at the Kremlin.

The Diamond Fund holds a unique collection of gems, diamonds, gold nuggets, as well as royal jewellery and regalia. Among the most interesting exhibits are the Orlov and Shah diamonds, the Imperial Crown of Russia and the Great Triangle gold nugget, which is over 36 Kg. Admission to the Diamond Fund is only allowed if a visitor is accompanied by a guide.

  • Diamond Fund
    : 1 Red Square, Moscow
    Tel: (495) 629 2036
    Open: Daily from 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00 (except Thursday); tours begin every 20 minutes

The Kremlin Armoury showcases ancient royal regalia, ceremonial clothes of Russian orthodox hierarchs, a large collection of gold and silver artworks, as well as Russian and European armour and weapons.

  • Kremlin Armoury
    : 1 Red Square, Moscow
    Tel: (495) 697 0349
    Open: Tours begin at 10:00, 12:00, 14:30 and 16:30; tickets can be bought 45 minutes before a tour begins
  • Getting there: Aleksandrovskiy Sad metro station, Filyovskaya Line; Arbatskaya metro station, Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line; Borovitskaya metro station, Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Line; Biblioteka Imeni Lenina metro station, Sokolnicheskaya Line

State Historical Museum: The State Historical Museum was founded in 1872 by Emperor Alexander II. The museum showcases Russian history from ancient times to the beginning of the 20th century: the first Russian tribes, Russia in the period of consolidation and periods of conflict with foreign invaders, as well as its culture and economy. The second floor exhibition focuses on the culture, economy and history of the Russian Empire from Peter I. The museum is accessible to people with disabilities.

  • State Historical Museum
    At: 1 Red Square, Moscow
    Tel: (495) 692 3731
    Open: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10:00-18:00; Sunday from 11:00-20:00; closed on the first Monday of every month
    Getting there: Okhotny Ryad metro station, Sokolnicheskaya Line; Ploshchad Revolyutsii metro station, Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line; Teatralnaya metro station, Zamoskvoretskaya Line

State Darwin Museum: One of Moscow's largest museums, the State Darwin Museum focuses on biology, anthropology, natural history and evolution. There are numerous high-quality permanent exhibitions and temporary exhibitions which show wildlife, the micro- and macro- evolution of life on Earth, the descent of man and zoogeography. The museum offers a programme for people with disabilities.

  • State Darwin Museum
    At: 57/1 Ul. Vavilova, Moscow
    Tel: (499) 134 6124 / (499) 783 2253
    Open: Daily from 10:00-18:00; closed on Mondays, the last Friday of every month and 1 January
    Getting there: Akademicheskaya metro station, Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya Line; Universitet metro station, Sokolnicheskaya Line

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics: The museum presents exhibits such as space suits, scaled models of spaceships, landing modules, Moonwalker (Lunokhod) and a copy of Sputnik. There are also interactive and full-scale exhibits, space training simulators and virtual tours. The museum is accessible to people with disabilities.

  • Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics
    At: 111 Prospekt Mira, Moscow
    Tel: (495) 683 7968 / (495) 682 5760
    Open: Daily from 11:00-19:00 except Monday
    Getting there: VDNKh metro station, Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya Line

The State Museum of Oriental Art: The museum has a large collection (over 120,000 items) of traditional art by Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Asian and Caucasian masters: painting, sculpture and archaeological exhibits.

  • The State Museum of Oriental Art
    At: 12a Nikitskij Boulevard, Moscow
    Tel: (495) 691 0212
    Open: Daily from 11:00-18:00 except Monday; ticket office opens from 11:00-17:00
    Getting there: Arbatskaya metro station, Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line; Pushkinskaya metro station, Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line

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