If you are visiting Moscow and you have any interest at all in military aircraft or vehicles, don't pass up the opportunity to visit the Kubinka Tank Museum and the Monino Aircraft Museum. This past September (2013), I visited Moscow with two traveling buddies and we made the trek outside Moscow to see them and we were not disappointed. The collection of vehicles and aircraft were amazing and many of them are only available to see at these museums.
Now, if you are of a mind to visit the museums, do yourself a big favor and hire Oleg, at Three Whales Tours, to guide you. He is a knowledgeable and friendly guide that speaks fluent English. He has historical and technical information about numerous exhibits and the museum facilies themselves. We were promptly picked up at our hotel and driven to the museums, which lay a fair distance outside Moscow. Along the way, Oleg informed us about other Moscow sights and recent (post Cold War) history. We were able to ask questions about our museum destinations and other things to do in Moscow. At the end of the day, we were able to be dropped off at other locations (instead of our hotel) to facilitate additional sightseeing.
Remember, to make the most of seeing Kubinka and Monino, hire Oleg at Three Whales Tours.
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