Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond), Moscow

4.5
#8 of 443 in Museums in Moscow
Dating back to a royal treasury established by Peter the Great, Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond) stores and exhibits a vast collection of raw and cut diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. Although part of a world-famous armory museum, located inside the city's fortified complex of historical buildings, this collection of state jewels functions as a separate institution. Highlights include a 190-carat diamond given to Catherine the Great by her purported lover Count Orlov, the world's largest sapphire, and an imperial crown decorated with almost 5,000 diamonds of exceptional quality. You can access the exhibit by guided tour only, so try to book your visit in advance. Due to tight security measures, visitors may not bring cameras, phones, or bags of any sort. For Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond) and beyond, use our Moscow travel route planner to get the most from your Moscow vacation.
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  • Worth to go in while at the Armory. But they have waiting times for the groups, so you may or may not have to wait. I think it is worth it, very beautiful collection.  more »
  • It was my since I was a child to visit Diamond Fund and I did this on March 9th. First, I had to arrive not later than one hour before my entry to DF. The good thing is that I didn't have to queue in....  more »
  • If yu would like to get into the Diamond Fund, the best way is to arrive 30 in prior the Tickets office opening to get your entry tickets. Also - keep in mind that there could be huge line to enter...  more »
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  • Very rare collection that was truly beautiful. The russian guide was a bit monotone though, making it hard to remain interested.
  • I was visiting this place in 1999. There were a lot of historical jewelry. This time most of them gone. They replaced the space with missing items with modern jewelry from Ural mountains and gold nuggets.Especially, I noticed almost all famous big Faberge eggs are gone. I think Putin moved all these treasure in his private collection to his mansions he built over the last 20 years.
  • After hit walk cold beer and reasonable small servings. Great friends and good food.
  • The place contains 2 small rooms with jewelry and It's very complicated to get in. You have to come in advance in order to get a ticket on certain time and then again spend much time waiting in a queue for security check. And there' s no possibility to buy tickets online. London Tower it's much more interesting with a bigger variety of different items.
  • If you are visiting the Kremlin Armoury during your stay in Moscow, consider stopping by at the Kremlin Diamond Fund. One can see and get to learn about all the kinds of diamonds collected over the years by Russia. Truly an amazing collection. If you are visiting, it's worth bearing in mind that the staff is incredibly strict and runs a tight ship, more so than the Kremlin Armoury. If you don't take any pictures or be noisy, your visit to the Diamond Fund will be trouble-free.

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