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State Historical Museum

1 Red Square, building 2, Moscow, Russia
(095) 924-55-42
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Ranked #57 of 1,380 attractions in Moscow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Owner description: A 5000 year-old boat and other fascinating archaeological exhibits trace the history of Russian civilization from ancient times to the 20th century... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Mountain View, CA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I have visited this museum 4-5 times over the years, and finally got the audioguide. In fact, I visited half the rooms on one day, with audioguide; and willingly spent the same to come back a second day. Nowhere else will get the the sweep of Russian history in such a visual and engrossing way. The prehistoric rooms present relics... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

i agree with the reviewer below that purchasing the audioguide (300 rubles + deposit of your ID) will improve your experience immensely. this is not a perfect museum (see many of the comments of the previous reviewers), but i found it more interesting than the armory, and a more enjoyable experience than the very-crowded tretyakov. this museum conceives of "state... More

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New York City
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

If you like history, and if you've read some of Russia's background, you'll enjoy this museum immensely. (NOTE: Purchase an audioguide in English when you arrive, which will tell you what you're seeing. Without it, you won't understand anything, since all the signs are in Russian.) However, make sure you have time for this; you can't do this justice in... More

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Boise, Idaho, United States
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107 reviews 107 reviews
48 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

When we went we were the only ones in the place, so could wander at will (late afternoon on a weekday in late September). A lot to see (the architecture alone is mind-boggling) and a nice wide range of objects, from clothing to farm implements, to art works, and furniture--fascinating. This museum has the feeling of being an "also ran"... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
28 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

..... but a complete absence of any sort of guidance for the foreign tourist makes it a big no no. it epitomizes the view that the tourist can be treated with disdain can be disregarded is clearly not important is good in that they are an income stream so why bother to let International tourists in at all? - well... More

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Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

this museum is typical of Moscow's attitude to tourists, they treat them with disdain and disinterest. They want your money of course and will happily fleece you for a ticket , but don't expect courtesy any idea of what you are looking at any directions the place was virtually empty except for some very noisy and seriously naughty school kids... More

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

This is a really interesting place to visit. It was not part of the tour 'itinerary' and perhaps it was for this reason that it was so quiet. Such an interesting set of rooms, each room itself of interest as well as the exhibits therein. It was fascinating, and a lovely place to enjoy a couple of hours while the... More

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Moscow, Russia
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510 reviews 510 reviews
285 attraction reviews
342 helpful votes 342 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Beautiful museum, large scope of exhibits from paleolithic times up to the end of 19th century. Very comprehensive, audioguides available. Rooms well organized and well marked, English introduction to each room always available. Some exhibit inscriptions are only in Russian. The palace that holds the exhibition is beautiful in itself and sometimes you'll forget to look at the exhibits while... More

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Norwich
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Amazing relics showing the history of Russian life with some unexpected and WOW moments . Thoroughly enjoyed and reasonable cost.

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Sydney
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165 reviews 165 reviews
70 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

the state museum is huge and full of information! the first floor was interesting as each room is designed differently. the audio was helpful in understanding the exhibitions (300r). the second floor audio is much longer and covers the 18th century on. the displays are done well and you can spend hours enjoying. there is very limited English at this... More

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