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State Historical Museum

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Red Square & Kitay-gorod
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Address: Red Square, 1, Moscow 109012, Russia
Phone Number: +7 495 692-40-19
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Sun - Mon 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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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First floor of the Museum

We spent a lovely morning looking round the first floor of the State Historical Museum. Our tour and guide was arranged by Katerina from Bridge to Moscow, who are a team of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a lovely morning looking round the first floor of the State Historical Museum. Our tour and guide was arranged by Katerina from Bridge to Moscow, who are a team of professional tour guides. Not many places where you can be amazed by mammoth tusks, icons and giant globes all in one location! I now can't believe that I... More 

Thank Robbo05041965
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

We had an hour to spare on our last day in Moscow and decided to visit here after it's neighbour ( displaying Napoleons 1812 conquest) was closed on the morning of our visit. The national museum is well laid out in a logical chronological order and contains some good video of the early 20th century Russia under the last Tzar.... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

I visit on the outside at the raining night. It is very beautiful to take to photograph. Moe over I like thiere big door, In make me feel like in the Grand palace.

Thank Boombimz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Beautiful building at one end of Red Sq. Excellent area to pass a few days sight seeing with St Basils at the other end and Lenin tomb just beside it

Thank Deathstalker1873
Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Besides the exposition in the main building, i visited Borodino war and Pobedy expositions. Especially Borodino war exhibition was truly amazing. The guns,uniforms, vehicles, newspapers , furnitures... they all take you to the 19th century.

Thank Onur Ö
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

First of all historical museums isn't my ideal sort of museums, but this one is situated conveniently close to the Red square and lots of other stuff that's already on your itinerary so why not take a stop here to, a museum is a museum right?! So this is your typical historical museum with lots of artifacts from when the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Visited during the New Years in 2014-2015 with my wife. This museum was such a delight to visit as we do not get many opportunities to learn about Russia while being raised in Canada. The layout had a very nice flow to it and the exhibits were extremely educational. My only disappointment is that there were no more English audio... More 

Thank Clover82
Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

The collection in this museum is really large, you can find items of historical interest from many ages and places all over Russia and beyond. The exhibition is easy to follow, a bit old style but very well kept, with some information also in English. Much to see and learn here, visit may take 2 hours or so. Nice collection... More 

Thank Carlo R
Anna-Mikhayloca, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at State Historical Museum, responded to this review

Hello, many thanks for your feedback, we are happy to hear that you like the museum. Police security near the Red Square was there because of the musical festival that took place there last week. Usually you can go to the museum entrance without any additional security procedures. More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Since Red Square was basically shut due to an upcoming military tattoo, my options for a wet Thursday evening in the area were fairly limited, and this looked like it might be interesting. I wasn't offered an audio guide, so a lot of it was lost on me, but to be honest, it's no different to most other museums of... More 

Thank psychokilla
Anna-Mikhayloca, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at State Historical Museum, responded to this review

Hello! Many thanks for your feedback. There are audio guides just near the exhibition entrance, and there is an English one. Did you see them? If not, at what time did you visit the museum? Speaking about originality, it is possible to agree that the exhibition is quite traditional, since it is based on chronological approach, however, the museum is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

You got to love Russian history in order to appreciate the museum. There are 3 floors in total and audio guides are available before you enter the display halls. Be there early as the English audio guides run out fast. Without the English audio guides you may have problem understanding the specific exhibits as the explanation are in Russian. It... More 

Thank Charlene O

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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.