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“Worth seeing if you are interested in space missions” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Space Museum
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$165.00*
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Moscow Space Race: The Cold War and Beyond Tour
Ranked #19 of 2,388 things to do in Moscow
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Monument to the Conquerors of Space was erected at Prospekt Mira in Moscow. This outstanding city landmark has been jointly designed by architects Michail Barsh and Andrey Kolchin, and sculptor Andrey Faydish-Krandiyevskiy. September 28th, 1967 Soviet government initiates founding of the Museum of Cosmonautics at the foot of the Monument to the Conquerors of Space to commemorate nation's achievements in space exploration. The Museum of Cosmonautics opens its doors to public on April 10th, 1981, 20th Anniversary of the first manned space flight. Museum exposition gives a retrospect on how Soviet space science evolved starting from first man-made satellites subsequently followed by the first manned space flight, first space walks, Moon exploration programs, Solar system exploration programs and international space research programs. Intricate interior design and unusual exposition altogether created a unique individuality of the Museum. However, new times set new standards. 25 years since its first opening the Museum has been closed down for a massive renovation. Now the Museum shows all the newly accumulated information and latest technologies.
Toronto, Canada
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“Worth seeing if you are interested in space missions”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2012

it is located just beside the VDNKH metro station and it's ticket is 200 Rubl( if you would like to take photos you should pay extra fee).There are lots of rocket's models, space hardwares and astronomers' pictures and notes. There are also actual sized models in which you can enter and see the environments astronomers lives in during their missions.I think it is worth taking a half day to reach there, see it and come back.

Visited July 2012
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“Interesting But Little English”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2012

I am an engineer very much interested in space hardware, but I found this museum to be just OK. They have a good collection of space hardware, models of rockets, Luna probes and moon rovers, manned capsules, and stuffed likenesses of the first Soviets in space (two stray dogs). The titanium monument outside the museum to spaceflight is very impressive. Unfortunately few of the displays were in English which limits how much you can learn. In addition I think that the history presented here tends to be slightly sanitized, which is a shame given how exciting a history that the Russians have had in space.

Visited March 2012
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“Impressive for all ages!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2012

Interesting collection of historic and present space equipment. It fascinated adults remembering the Cold War and the space race as well as teenagers and youngsters. By now about 10% of descriptions are English - so bringing a Russian friend is helpfull, but not necessary any longer.

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“excellent and interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

this is a modern well done museum . unusually for russia there is signage in english. The Russian space research was astounding and it is amazing to see what people or dogs went up to space in. well worth a visit.

Visited May 2012
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“Respectable overview of the Soviet space program.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2012

Located less than a five minute walk from the VDNK Metro stop, the Cosmonaut Museum is easily identified under the Space Obelisk. Tickets are fairly affordable (200R + photo fee) compared to some other attractions in the city. There was not an audio guide available as of this writing although I did travel with a private guide (Dan Petrov from Tours By Locals – highly recommended) who was able to interpret throughout the museum. I am uncertain whether the museum offers formal tours although I did see quite a few school groups running around during my time there.

The museum itself is roughly divided into three sections. The first consists of an overview of the Sputnik and Luna programs including Strelka and Belka, a model of the first Sputnik, and (I believe a replica of) Vostok I, Gargarin’s space capsule. This is followed by a second section describing the Russian father of cosmonautics, Sergei Korolev, and his contributions to practical astronautics. Lastly, there is quite a bit of space (pun intended) devoted to the later Soviet and more modern Russian space programs including the International Space Station and the Mir, the latter of which is actually a walk-through exhibit.

In summary, this is a decent museum but like many in Moscow you have to put some effort into it to learn something. I actually did quite a bit of reading beforehand about Sputnik and the Russian contributions to the field so the first couple of sections were more recognizable than the last one. In some ways this museum is a missed opportunity in the sense that there is such a compelling story here (important Russian contributions to cosmonautics leading to the “Space Race” and culminating with teamwork on the International Space Station) that an excellent audio guide or formal tour of the museum could really bring to life. In the meantime, putting a little extra relevant research into this place before visiting will definitely pay off.

Visited March 2012
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