Central Armed Forces Museum of Russian Federation, Moscow

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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. Make Central Armed Forces Museum of Russian Federation a part of your Moscow vacation plans using our Moscow route maker app .
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  • I love all sorts of military museums. And arriving in Moscow, could not get past the largest Museum of its kind. Despite the winter weather, I still ventured to visit and open platform. Though almost all the equipment up to half and was covered with snow. For convenience, I took the audioguide tour, as I did not get. In General, guide to enjoy quite convenient. The story goes fairly detailed, though far not all the exhibits. Exhibits in the Hall very much, all in good condition. The main part of the Museum is devoted to World War II. The modern period-only two small halls. And then, the set of the latest models of weapons takes only one stand. Would have liked more. Outdoor course is very large, but due to the snow part of the signatures was simply not visible. But it looked live on the only surviving kV-2. WOT fans think will love it! After attending looked in a small café in the Museum immediately. Have lunch on the 400 and 800 rubles. Served in the soldiers ' bowlers. In General, of course, the Museum is very interesting. But in the 21st century would like to do more.
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  • All the above is really interesting, especially for history lovers! Beautiful even outer space, too bad the snow that had practically submerged planes, helicopters and tanks. My advice is to go to this place in late spring or even better in the summer.
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  • One of the most interesting museums I've ever visited. It ranks up there with the Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. It covers all facets of Russian military history. The World War II area is particularly...  more »
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  • One of the museums that I think many tourists miss. Great overview of the revolution and World War Two, and even a themed restaurant. The absence of English in the displays really isn't a hindrance unless you know nothing about Russian history. Wreckage of Gary Powers' U2 spy plane is an added bonus if you're a Cold War buff.
  • Greatest Museum ever visited for arms and weapons. The museum comprises history of each war which USSR/Russia fought in history till modern time. Only drawback is that,most of the details and description are in Russian language.
  • A very interesting museum with a well done English audio guide. Very impressive displays on victory in Berlin, and shooting down the U2 spy plane. The omissions in the list and displays of the battles of the armed forces are the most telling part: The missions in Ukraine during the Holodomor death years in the 1930s, the invasion of Poland by Stalin together with Hitler under the Stalin-Hitler pact of 1939, and the 1940 invasion of the Baltics, do not show up in the displays, nor do the wars against Finland. Stalin giving himself multiple highest medals is quite ironically dealt with by mentioning that the post-soviet army no longer issues highest commendations multiple times. Stalins de facto elimination and killings of the senior officer corps just before WWII is displayed in all its horror. This self-decapitation most probably led to the initial brutal losses in the war. Nothing is mentioned about the retreat from Eastern Europe in 1990, where we should all commend the red army for leaving, too late maybe, but peacefully and thankfully.
  • Very good collection. I would give 5 stars if our visit was not devalued by an impolite employee confronting my child in aggressive way in Russian language for taking IPhone videos. Apparently, the photos are ok but videos are not. The employee attacked my kid in offensive Russian second time for taking panoramic photos after explaining that photos - ok videos - not. Apparently, panoramic photos are not ok. I would normally expect polite warning to foreign visitors that may not read warning posters. We have also received comments from Russian visitors like STAY HOME, TOO MANY OUTSIDER COME TO MOSCOW, DO NOT ASK QUESTION - JUST OBEY WHAT YOU ARE TOLD. Our experience their completely correlated with what our Western media like BBC and CNN write about Russia and what they tell to my kids at school about Putin.
  • Very well organized musium. Almost everything to see Russian armed forces glorious history.

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