Central Armed Forces Museum of Russian Federation, Moscow

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#27 of 244 in Museums in Moscow
Military Museum Museum
Explore the role of the armed forces during the Soviet era at Central Armed Forces Museum of Russian Federation. Lenin himself established the museum in 1919, with the purpose of informing the public about the Red Army's exploits and victories, particularly the achievements following the October Revolution. Examine the museum's themed halls, including exhibits about the Russian Civil War, World War I, and World War II--known in Russia as the Great Patriotic War. Of particular interest is a copy of Lenin's written decree that outlines the creation of the Red Army (RKKA), on which his corrections are visible. If you're in the mood for a military-themed meal, head to the on-site restaurant. Our Moscow vacation planner makes visiting Central Armed Forces Museum of Russian Federation and other Moscow attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • A great display of military memorabilia - uniforms, posters, weapons, armor, etc. I'm a female and not much interested in war stuff but I found this fascinating. Only problem is that all descriptions ...  more »
  • a really interesting display of things and war and military memorabilia including loads of vehicles and aircraft outside and at 500r its a bargain to see all of that stuff but with not a single word i...  more »
  • This museum is crammed with military equipment and artifacts inside & out. There is unfortunately no information in English apart from a 1 page handout giving you the titles of the various rooms insid...  more »
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  • This museum is crammed with military equipment and artifacts inside & out. There is unfortunately no information in English apart from a 1 page handout giving you the titles of the various rooms inside the museum, hence 4 stars and not 5. There are loads of original artifacts from Russian Imperial times up to modern day with what I assume are the stories behind them etc. but unfortunately you have to just guess from the pictures. Still it is worthwhile going just to see them. At the rear of the building there is a park outside with all manner of tanks, jets, artillery pieces etc. If you are interested in military equipment you could easily spend 2 to 3 hours walking around. As regards getting there, Dostoyevskaya is the nearest Metro station, when you come up to street level walk past the big white star shaped building (Central Academic Theatre of the Russian Army) leaving it on your left and the museum is about 5mins walk North. Some interesting memorial statues nearby on the same side of the street as the museum as you walk from the station. Entrance to equipment park is downstairs at the rear of the building on the same level as the cloakroom and the toilets.
  • Must go there if u come to Moscow. Sure u will love it. Many WW2 and post WW2 artifacts there and many vehicles outside of the museum.
  • Absolutely worth it , even if you are not a war nerd.
  • This is one of the best military museum in the world, a good place to learn Soviet and modern Russian military history with big indoor permanent exhibition from the beginning of the Red Army to the present day. Outside of the museum also displays hundred of key military equipment and vehicles of the Red Army. I recommended this museum for people who love military history, you could spend a whole day enjoy digging the Red Army history.
  • One of the best military museums in the world since the exhibition is huge.

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