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“Amazing and Weird” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lenin's Mausoleum

Lenin's Mausoleum
Red Square, Moscow, Russia
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Ranked #135 of 1,753 things to do in Moscow
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The embalmed body - or possibly a wax likeness - of this notorious 20th-century Russian leader is viewable inside this large stone mausoleum, where a certain decorum for visitors is strictly enforced.
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“Amazing and Weird”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Visited Moscow at the start of our river cruise to St Petersburg and Lenin's tomb was on my hit list of must sees. The tour guide did everything to put us off going, even saying it was closed! The tomb is only open 9 - 1pm. We arrived at 12.45 and there was no queue at all and just walked in. We were not searched and took our bags in with us. We had ample time in there and weren't rushed at all. I found the experience most amazing and weird! There is talk that Lenin will shortly be buried in St Petersburg so don't miss the opportunity to see him if you get it. You can't take photos but there are masses of them on the website.

Visited August 2012
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“No queues in september!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Went on the 3rd september 2012 on a monday afternoon, absolutely no queue, perhaps there were 4/5 others in the mausaleum with us. We were still ushered through at the speed of light - i may have felt let down a little had a queued for as long as others had said - but overall its something i feel has to be done if you visit moscow.

Visited September 2012
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“find the lady with the fast line”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

If you want to see Lenin's mausoleum, you will either wait in line for a very long time or... you find the lady who will take you (for a fee to be agreed on) to the front of the line... We agreed to 1'200 Rubels for the three of us and a few minutes later we were in the Mausoleum, she gave us a brief introduction to Lenin's corpse and its preservation method. The visit to the Mausoleum is free, so we were fine with what we paid her.
After the first line, you must deposit cameras and bags at the bag check to your left before you get in another short line to go through the metal detectors where you might be searched.

Visited July 2012
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“Long lineups, but worth it if you've never seen an embalmed body.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

You have to ask yourself if you want to see the embalmed body of an important Russian figure. It's about 30mins -1.5 hrs wait depending on when you line up. There's security everywhere, no cameras allowed or backpacks, you check these in before you go. Inside the mausoleum, it's dark, cold, and you walk along the outer edge to get a view of Lenin looking like he never aged a day. it's a bit freaky if you think about how long it's been. Not for everyone. Would I wait 2 hrs? probably not.

Visited August 2012
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“If time permits and lines are not long it is worth seeing.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Located just outside the Kremlin Wall in Red Square. We had mixed reviews on this and passed, but other people on our tour group that visited it thought it was worth it. One think they did not tell them was that the other former communist leaders are interred just outside the mausoleum.

Visited June 2012
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