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Museum of Cosmonautics
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Moscow Space Race: The Cold War and Beyond Tour
Ranked #20 of 2,479 things to do in Moscow
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 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.
Reviewed March 23, 2014

Situated a little off the beaten track this museum is still easy enough to get to on the metro. Stop VDNkh. Stepping out from the metro station you can't miss the "soaring rocket" monument that stands outside of the museum. The museum, & the area around, has a Soviet feel, which makes it more interesting. Outside of there are statues of the leading Soviet cosmonauts, but all looking very 60's. The museum itself is well appointed & interesting, & there is enough in English to get a decent understanding of the exhibits. It certainly brought home how tough the conditions were for the early space explorers.
The entrance fee was 250 Roubles, & there is a fee of 200 roubles for taking photos. However, we were there are a Sunday & it was free entrance. Not sure if this is every Sunday, though. Note, the museum is closed on Mondays. Allow at least 2 hours for your visit. There is a large Soviet exhibition park opposite the museum that's also worth at least a short visit, particularly if the weather is good.

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Reviewed March 21, 2014

We spent about three hours in this museum, which has a fantastic coverage of the history of Soviet and Russian achievements in space. Fortunately we had an enthusiastic bilingual friend take us around and explain things in great detail, as this had been one of his favorite museums since early boyhood. More effort could be spent perhaps with displaying explanations of exhibits in languages other than Russian. Most things that one remembers from the Russian space era were there - from Sputnik 1, Yuri Gagarin, first woman in space, moon missions, including first image of the far side of the moon, first space rover, first space station, and first interplanetary probe. A range of photos indicates the range of exhibits on display.

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Reviewed February 24, 2014

Actually had few expectations on this excursion, but was pleasantly surprised. The monument outside was impressive with its sweeping arc topped with a space missile to simulate trajectory. The Olympic flame at Sochi brought it back to mind. Inside I was fascinated while distressed learning about the tests done with the dogs. Perhaps that was a bit naive of me, but I'll admit it. The real spaceship and replicas of other objects, as well as the commentary provided by our well-informed and entertaining guide, Maria, made the visit particularly interesting. A must-see when visiting Moscow.

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Reviewed February 23, 2014

Went there as a side trip via Viking Cruises, the best part was the space monument outside. The musuem was ok, nothing breathtaking, all in all I'm glad we went there, but do not have high expectations. It is not large and 1=1.5 hours should do it.

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Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

You know that feeling when you are in a museum, the things are awesome but there is no interactivity at all? You don't get here!

Going into the 1:1 mocks of satellites is absolutely awesome and a massively phototastic opportunity. Touching a fallen meteorite? Hell yeah! Looking at an original, fallen space capsule? Super.

Go. Go now.

Thank simplydt
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