We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Building interesting”

Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945
Book In Advance
More Info
$165.00*
and up
Moscow in World War II: The Russian Perspective
Ranked #44 of 2,398 things to do in Moscow
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.
Magherafelt, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
214 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Building interesting”
Reviewed August 10, 2012

I actually preferred the equivalent in Minsk to this place. There (while it was smaller) it was free and the staff friendlier. After walking up the massive space outside, you buy your tickets from a woman at a counter (a fierce, grumpy one in my case) outside. You then go in and have your bags searched by more. There is a cloakroom. I was somewhat perturbed by the dioramas. Not by the content, which is a bit unrealistic, but by the tourists (mostly foreign in this case) who think that posing for photos beside images as gory as dead people on a battle-torn St Petersburg street will make a lovely thing to remember the place by and show to all their friends! Anyway, the building, especially the big hall in the centre, is quite awe-inspiring in a Soviet-architectural way. I have seen many, many, many WW2 museums in various countries and I found the exhibits themselves ok.

Visited August 2012
Helpful?
2 Thank b037
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

278 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    189
    61
    18
    7
    3
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Serbian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Moscow, Russia
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“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
Helpful?
Thank olgazel
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Minnesota
Level Contributor
730 reviews
596 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,427 helpful votes
“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
Helpful?
6 Thank midway42
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Washington, D.C.
Level Contributor
253 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“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
Helpful?
2 Thank rmc1971
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Stockholm, Sweden
Level Contributor
42 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“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
Helpful?
Thank SarahEkl
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 also viewed

 

Been to Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing