The Tsiolkovsky State Museum of Cosmonautics, Kaluga

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Discover mock-ups of Sputnik 1 and samples of moon dust at The Tsiolkovsky State Museum of Cosmonautics. The first museum in the world devoted to the history of aeronautics, aviation, and rocket-space engineering, the facility opened in 1967 and was named for Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, a founder of theoretical cosmonautics. See a model of a rocket designed by Tsiolkovsky, copies of his scientific work, a rocket park in the open air, and the wooden house in which Tsiolkovsky lived. Guided tours are available in English if you'd like to get a more in-depth understanding. Work out when and for how long to visit The Tsiolkovsky State Museum of Cosmonautics and other Kaluga attractions using our handy Kaluga vacation planner.
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  • The Museum is not very large, quite a few exhibits, but virtually all of the layouts. With guide us terribly unlucky, they turned out to be incredibly boring young man who covered us numbers and titles that can be read in a promotional booklet. The Planetarium generally disappointed us. If you were in the Moscow Planetarium, go here is totally not worth it.
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  • The Museum has many interesting space exhibits. But a visit without a guide would leave many questions. Be sure to book a tour.
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  • The Museum Exposition is not worse than in Moscow, very interesting exhibits, rockets, engines, astronauts, and so many literary and photo exhibits. For a full inspection can take 1:00, but we took the tickets to the Planetarium, and generally happy. The show goes for about 45 minutes, you will be told in vivid colors of planets, solar system, scientists, etc., for the overall development of you and your children will not be superfluous. There is a gift shop at the entrance. Cons: no vending machines with water and cafes were with children about after some time wanted to drink. Prices in my opinion overstated, for 4 tickets to the Museum and Planetarium (2 adults, 2 children-a schoolboy and a preschooler) had to pay 1700 rubles, and of course more souvenirs in a shop. In General, interesting and informative.
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