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State Historical Museum

Krasnaya Sq., 1, Moscow 109012, Russia
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Ranked #63 of 1,374 Attractions in Moscow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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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.

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This is a huge museum right on the Red Sq. There are many religious relics, statues and paintings - many are made of solid gold and other precious metals with expensive stones. I have never seen so much gold in my life (and I visited Cairo museum with Tutanchamon :P ). The structure of the museum didn't quit make sense... More

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Monterrey, Mexico
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129 reviews 129 reviews
85 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Is really such an interesting Museum! It is open daily except on Tuesdays, from 10 till 6 and on Thursdays from 11 to 9 and the cashier is open until 30 minutes before closing. 300 rubles for adults, 100 for students. 300 rubles for audioguide. They have objects from the prehistóric era up till the XX century. ....I enjoyed very... More

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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This museum is well worth visiting when in Moscow. There is a huge amount to see inside and it houses a lot of interesting stuff. There is also a restaurant inside which has an English menu too. The only complaint is that I feel more of the information boards could have been in English and explained things more.

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116 reviews 116 reviews
52 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I spent nearly 3 hours in this museum, and found it more interesting that I had anticipated. I agree, totally, that the audio guide is a must, as anyone who does not understand Russian will struggle to appreciate what they are looking at. Covering from pre historic times, to the Romanovs but with some ancient exhibits, such as the mammoth... More

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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This is a beautiful building from the outside and houses what looks like an impressive collection however everything is in Russian which means that while I could visually appreciate what I was looking at, most of the time I had no idea what is was etc.. which makes it a very frustrating experience - not worth the money.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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100 reviews 100 reviews
11 attraction reviews
317 helpful votes 317 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Right on Red Square, tickets are on entry, and not through the Kremlin ticket office, you can also buy a combi ticket here to include entry to St Basils cathedral. Very good museum, taking you through the complete history of Russia, for those who dont want the audioguide there are laminated sheets at the entrance of each room, these explain... More

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Mountain View, CA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
12 helpful votes 12 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
26 helpful votes 26 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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117 reviews 117 reviews
50 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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