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“Historically significant place”

Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945
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Moscow in World War II: The Russian Perspective
Ranked #42 of 2,423 things to do in Moscow
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This important memorial to the victory over the Nazi invasion in the Great Patriotic War is a complex of monuments, churches, museums and fountains.
Moscow, Russia
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“Historically significant place”
Reviewed July 4, 2012

Here is a nice walk in good weather, a beautiful group of fountains and a lot of weddings in the season (you can form an opinion about wedding traditions)

Visited September 2011
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“Sacrifice and Glory.”
Reviewed March 31, 2012

I visited the Great Patriotic War Museum with a private guide on a Sunday after spending several days around Red Square and the Kremlin. It is easily accessible via the Kutuzovskaya Metro station, about a five minute walk from the museum. The walk from the station to the museum is an integral part of the experience here as you can almost feel the Victory Monument’s winged Nike descend upon you as you near the museum.

Admission to the museum proper is a straightforward affair with a reasonable price (~100R if I recall). The interior is huge and roughly organized into four categories: the six famous dioramas, a didactic section on various aspects of the war, two large memorial halls, and everything else (exhibits, upper floor art gallery, etc.). We first toured the halls and then the dioramas, covering each in detail. I then spent the rest of day in the museum alone, exploring the collection for several hours until closing. The highlights for me were the dioramas and main collection. The latter had several unique exhibits that covered quite a bit of new territory for me especially regarding the battles in the Caucasus and the partisan wars, in addition to sections on "softer" topics such as home life and humor during the war. English signage is actually fairly adequate so those traveling alone will do fine. That aside, I found the interaction and commentary with my guide (Tatiana Sazonova at www.viewrussia.com) to be quite valuable. She was able to give interpretations and perspective on the museum along with several personal family stories that added a whole new dimension to my understanding of the time period.

No country suffered more than the Soviet Union during the Second World War and this museum complex is a fitting memory to those who served. Being an avid enthusiast of the time period I could have easily spent a second day here. I’d have a tough time recommending this above a visit to the Kremlin but it’s a close call. Suffice it to say that this is an absolutely essential stopover for those wishing to understand Russia’s past as well as its present.

Visited March 2012
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Washington, D.C.
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“World war II history at its finest”
Reviewed March 25, 2012

Im a huge military historian and this museum is one of the finest examples of various vehicles (both Russian, German, American and English) I've ever seen at other museums globally. The amount of equipment is well beyond what I could imagine. The actual interior museum was a bit too filled with propaganda but again the equipment and photos were staggering. Any military historian or someone who has some interest would find this an incredible museum.

Visited March 2012
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Stockholm, Sweden
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“Intresting and very comprehensive”
Reviewed March 4, 2012

If this interests you, then you'll love this. With monument, numbers, years and dates, planes, trains, cars, weapons etc. You have the opportunity to visit this military headquarters of the dugout and the Red Army. And dress up in their clothing and hold weapons and have your picture taken. Everything you name it.
In Russia they call it Great Patriotic War. Many others call it Second World War. Go there a day when you can enjoy the great park and monuments, and the outdoor exhibitions. There are many couples getting married here. If you want to see it all, have at least half a day and good walking shoes. By extra ticket for outddors, and for indoor car exibition. Opened in 1995.

Visited October 2011
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Moscow, Russia
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“A living memory of Russian people”
Reviewed December 27, 2011

Poklonnaya or Bow hill is truly an iconic place in Moscow. It is located in the West of the city, from where all the guests and most well-known conquerors used to enter the capital of Russia! Muscovites would "bow" to newcomers at the foot of the hill, which, of course, was more salient several centuries ago. Nowadays the area is a place where the memories of two patriotic wars of Russia have been brought together. You may enjoy the only one in Moscow Arch of Triumph, and a luxurious panorama of the Borodino battle in the museum of the war of 1812 (Russian-French war). You will certainly be impressed by the grandiose Victory Complex arranged after the split of the USSR in honour of the victory of the Soviet Union and its allies in WWII: walking around its huge territory, you may explore specimens of military equipment, monuments to warriors, ally-countries and victims of camps. On the territory of the Victory park you will see an Orthodox church, a Catholic chapel, a mosque and a synagogue - credit to the contribution made to the victory by different peoples and nations...

Visited December 2011
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