State Historical Museum, Moscow

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When touring Red Square, don't miss the chance to take a comprehensive tour of the history of the Russian land and people at State Historical Museum. Easily recognizable by its ornate, red-brick building, the museum houses millions of artifacts that range from prehistoric times to the beginnings of the modern age. Inspect the rich archeological collection, see the rare medieval scrolls and manuscripts, weapons, armor, clothes, and costumes from various periods, as well as the vast selection of impressive artwork and much more. Many of the displayed items have a very important place in Russian history. In addition to the permanent display, the museum regularly hosts numerous temporary exhibits--find the schedule for these online. Getting an audio guide is the best way to truly appreciate the collection for those who don't speak Russian. A visit to State Historical Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Moscow online itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • All of the rooms are interesting in their own way, I liked the last rooms of 19 century Russian style. And of course, the exhibition, representing the products of gold. They too are worthy of attention.
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  • A huge Museum located on the north side of the red square. And decorative equipment was available to modern weapons from Moscow ancient pottery, coins, coins, banknotes, royalty, there are quite a lot of exhibits, furnishings, paintings and gilded decorative fixtures had allotted only two hours but all 見切renakatta. Personally, none this is just wonderful things, open mouth, was just looking at 唯々. I want to be seen again.
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  • Stayed for one day in Moscow. Traditionally visit tourist attractions. This time, the choice fell on the GMM. Have not regretted. 3 floors of the Museum are dedicated to different historical periods and cultures. unique collection of discoveries during excavations in different periods of history paintings, artwork, household items, jewelry, money, coins, figurines. explore exhibits impossible for several hours. But even bypassing the halls without a guide, you can learn much. The halls are equipped with screens, where it is possible to familiarize in detail with exhibits or history. Photography is allowed without Flash.
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  • It is very borring, really there are so many much better museum. Usually there is no english description. The ladies at the reception dont speak english and they are also very rude!
  • If you are history lover, specially European history...You should visit this museum. Location is perfect, building structure is marvelous, collection of historical things is superb. The only thing would disturb you,that is description written there is in Russian. If you know Russian or you have someone who can understand; then it's perfect. Otherwise you have to guess your own.
  • I am not quite sure why this museum is free. But you should visit this place. There was more things to see than i expected. I would recommend this museum to visit.
  • The State Historical Museum (Russian: Государственный исторический музей, Gosudarstvenny istoricheskiy muzyey) of Russia[1] is a museum of Russian history wedged between Red Square and Manege Square in Moscow. Its exhibitions range from relics of prehistoric tribes that lived on the territory of present-day Russia, through priceless artworks acquired by members of the Romanov dynasty. The total number of objects in the museum's collection comes to millions. The place where the museum now stands was formerly occupied by the Principal Medicine Store, built by order of Peter the Great in the Moscow baroque style. Several rooms in that building housed royal collections of antiquities. Other rooms were occupied by the Moscow University, founded by Mikhail Lomonosov in 1755. The museum was founded in 1872 by Ivan Zabelin, Aleksey Uvarov and several other Slavophiles interested in promoting Russian history and national self-awareness. The board of trustees, composed of Sergey Solovyov, Vasily Klyuchevsky, Uvarov and other leading historians, presided over the construction of the museum building. After a prolonged competition the project was handed over to Vladimir Osipovich Shervud (or Sherwood, 1833–97). View from the northwest The present structure was built based on Sherwood's neo-Russian design between 1875 and 1881. The first 11 exhibit halls officially opened in 1883 during a visit from the Tsar and his wife. Then in 1894 Tsar Alexander III became the honorary president of the museum and the following year, 1895, the museum was renamed the Tsar Alexander III Imperial Russian History Museum. Its interiors were intricately decorated in the Russian Revival style by such artists as Viktor Vasnetsov, Henrik Semiradsky, and Ivan Aivazovsky. During the Soviet period the murals were proclaimed gaudy and were plastered over. The museum went through a painstaking restoration of its original appearance between 1986 and 1997. The museum as seen from ground level Notable items include a longboat excavated from the banks of the Volga River, gold artifacts of the Scythians, birch-bark scrolls of Novgorod, manuscripts going back to the sixth century, Russian folk ceramics, and wooden objects. The library boasts the manuscripts of the Chludov Psalter (860s), Svyatoslav's Miscellanies (1073), Mstislav Gospel (1117), Yuriev Gospel (1119), and Halych Gospel (1144). The museum's coin collection alone includes 1.7 million coins, making it the largest in Russia. In 1996, the number of all articles in the museum's collection reached 4,373,757. A branch of the museum is housed in the Romanov Chambers Zaryadye and Saint Basil's Cathedral. In 1934 The Museum of Women's Emancipation at the Novodevichy Convent became part of the State Historical Museum. Some of the churches and other monastic buildings are still affiliated with the State Historical Museum.
  • Loooots of things. You need much more than 1.5hrs to visit cus there are a lot of details if you are a history geek. And you need to know Russian cus there was 15% English translation on some stuff. I used google photo translator but still. If I could get a guide that could've been amazing so heads up to you.
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