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GUM Department Store (Glavny Universalny Magazin)

Address: Red Square | Metro: Ploshchad Revolyutsii, Moscow, Russia
Phone Number: 095 929-3470
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Ranked #40 of 1,681 things to do in Moscow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural buildings, Department stores, Shopping & Fashion, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Shopping
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The largest department store in Russia, dating back to the days of the tsars, is located opposite...
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Type: Architectural buildings, Department stores, Shopping & Fashion, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Shopping
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The largest department store in Russia, dating back to the days of the tsars, is located opposite the Kremlin in Red Square.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children

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Brooklyn, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Very large building with many, many shops with most stores on the expensive side of shopping like Gucci and Louis Vuitton. We were there mid July last year, 2014, and it was VERY hot and humid in the building-- some of the individual stores had A/C.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

A lovely building...interesting shops, particularly enjoyed looking round the food hall, food options and from the outside in the evening it is beautifully illuminated.

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san juan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

this is an expectacular place, old style construction with very expensive merchandize its beautiful including its small shops and cafes

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

While walking on the Red Square, we went into GUM department store. We were there not for shopping, just for looking at interiors and architecture. Wow, we were impressed as didn't expect it to be so big and spacious, although it is a shopping mall. On the 3d floor you can find Soviet Cafe 59, which was excellent for quick... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Contrary to the popular image of a Soviet shop, this trading center was built before the Revolution as a huge retail center. Each lane was supposed to be allocated to one particular merchandise. It changed of course during the Soviet times. Now you can see the signs mentioning the old names of the lanes. Visit it not for the shopping... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

If you have a sightseeing tour, you will see the photos of how this Store looked like back in the days. It's amazing, colorful and you can get all the russian typical things to buy in! a bit more expensive though.

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Statesboro, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We strolled through GUM as a part of our two-days tour in Moscow just before New Year 2015. Everything was decorated very beautifully. We did get time for shopping but enjoyed looking around. Lots of things were looking like in movies about 1950's, as our guide explained, they keep it that way as a working museum of the Soviet Era.... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I had always wanted to visit the famous GUM, but just walking by the windows that front the Red Square made me realize that this was definitely not the GUM of my Soviet day dreams. Rolex watches? Designer sunglasses? French clothes? What do the old Russians who come to Red Square think about this? And who other than the oil... More 

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Oxford, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

GUM resembles more of a shopping arcade and mall than a department store. The inside is quite beautiful with fountains and a greenhouse effect with the indoor gardens. In Soviet history, evidently it was a gloomy place with few goods available. That has all has changed--it it is very upscale now. Have a nice ice cream treat in the summer... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

It was a nice time when I visited there it is inside the red square and had many shops but more expensive and nice cafe there and it was a carnival there because of Christmas

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