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State Museum of GULAG's History
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$32.42*
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Communist Moscow: Evening Walking Tour
Ranked #110 of 2,455 things to do in Moscow
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The large-scale exhibition "The national remembrance of the GULAG" opened on the 30th October 2015 in a new building of the GULAG History State Museum. The exhibition is organized as a chain of altering expositional areas, representing the recollections of the epoch of the political repressions to visitors. The central part of the exposition includes clothes, documents, photographs, "voices" of witnesses from the collections of dozens Russian museums, associated by the GULAG's history. The map of USSR with marked points of labor camps, camp administration and the amount of prisoners in different periods displays the geographical length and broadness of the exhibition. One of the main purposes of this exhibition project consists of enlightening the theme of the maintenance our historical remembrance of the terror and the GULAG, in promoting the profound comprehension and perception of the Soviet period in the Russian history, in connecting museums of the remembrance from the various Russian regions.
Reviewed April 9, 2013

Having read the previous reviewer's comments, we didn't have high expectations of this museum, but it was much better than we expected. The staff were friendly and patient with our lack of Russian, and there is enough information in English to give you an understanding of how appallingly people suffered under this system. It was a shame that the film running in one of the galleries didn't have subtitles, as all we could gather was that it was about Lenin, but the exhibition on the use of propoganda and how photos were altered to serve Stalin's ends was very interesting. I hope more people go to and support the museum as, with the current regime's inclination to whitewash Stalin's atrocities, it receives no state funding.

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Reviewed March 7, 2013

Was really looking forward to visiting the Gulag Museum and finding out more about this terrible period in Russian history but I found myself a disappointed. It didn't help that the man at the desk was rude, sullen and sarcastic, but even the exhibits themselves were a bit too general and not detailed enough. But on the plus side the captions and commentary are available in English and I guess if you don't know much about the gulag system, it provides a reasonable primer.

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Reviewed February 23, 2013

An interesting museum on the hidden secrets of the Soviet Union. There is an eye-opening exhibition on the manipulation of the press and the media during this time. The staff were very friendly and helpful too.

1  Thank Jessi_H5
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

I went to the museum thinking that it would mostly feature describe the torture that went on at the Gulags where Russians were sent. Instead I learned so much more about the use of propaganda, "photoshop", backgrounds on families that had a member sent to the Gulag and even more about Russian history and the evil that was Stalin. Almost everything had an English translation (which was appreciated since almost every other place we went didn't). I really think that this museum is very underrated and truly gives a background to a very dark period of Russian recent history. Absolutely would recommend.

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Reviewed July 28, 2012

I was frustrated by this museum because a friend had been here and had gotten an awesome tour by staff dressed in prison garb, but I did not get that when i visited. Instead the museum was pretty much devoted to one exhibition, the modification of photos in the media that occurred during the Soviet era as leaders fell out of favor. It was interesting, but not for an hour. Only a small part of the museum talked about the web of prison camps and what life was like for the average prisoner. One positive note is that unlike most other Moscow museums, this one has a lot of English in the displays.

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