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State Museum of GULAG's History, Moscow

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Learn about the despicable living conditions in the notorious Soviet labor camps and hear the stories of the people imprisoned there at State Museum of GULAG's History. Serving to ensure that the sufferings of the inmates are not forgotten, this museum displays authentic artifacts, photos, and documents from this dark period in Russian history. You'll also see recreated gulag facilities and a collection of prison art. Most exhibit pieces have placards in both English and Russian, and you can take a guided tour (only in Russian). The museum is open year-round; you can either buy tickets on site or purchase them up to one month in advance online. Make your Moscow itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • This was an excellent museum which deserves a lot of respect. I especially loved how all the exhibits were written and spoken in English, which made the history very accessible to people who don't... 
    This was an excellent museum which deserves a lot of respect. I especially loved how all the exhibits were written and spoken in English, which made the history very accessible to people who don't...  more »
  • Very interesting museum, with lots of exponats, multimedia, it really tells a story and is a comprehensive part of history to explore. The building is new and there are several floors you will... 
    Very interesting museum, with lots of exponats, multimedia, it really tells a story and is a comprehensive part of history to explore. The building is new and there are several floors you will...  more »
  • The visit to the Museum was something everyone should see. You can see what the forced labour camps did to Russian people so you can understand why the nation seems so cold. I recommend the visit. 
    The visit to the Museum was something everyone should see. You can see what the forced labour camps did to Russian people so you can understand why the nation seems so cold. I recommend the visit.  more »
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  • Didn't t expect I would spend there more than 3 hours! It was incredibly educating and touching. Ive visited Solovetsky Islands 3 years back but haven't t learned as much as this time. Great exposition. Definitely worth of having a Guide or at least audioguide. Staff was very friendly and assisted me when I needed. Most of displays had info in Russian and English. Many thanks!
  • Wow!!! This is such a moving and individual piece of history yet at the same time on a scale that is almost incomprehensible - this museum has hit exactly the right level of personal yet horrifyingly massive - sombre and thought provoking!! Very atmospheric design! Loved it!
  • Must see this exquisite and incredibly well thought out museum and memory to the atrocities of the Gulags and forced labour camps. There is an English translation on everything, even the audio stations. If you're visiting for more than a few hours, make sure this makes your list. The dark and windowless theme throughout perfectly compliments. This is something which everyone from every country should experience and learn from. There are pictures here that will haunt you and while there is nothing garish or directly confronting, the words and sheer senseless loss of life is overpowering beyond measure. Throughout there are images of seemingly benign and picturesque landscapes which withhold the dark horrors conducted and buried there.
  • Unique and one of the best museums in Russia! Absolutely must visit in Moscow. You can spend a lot of time here if u r interested in Soviet history, so many stories and artifacts to explore. Curator's work is outstanding
  • a new museum in Moscow dedicated to the millions who were persecuted in Soviet labour camps "the gulag system". It is not a classic tourist stop, but it is a fundamental point of view of Russian History. It's around one hour visit with an excellent audio-guide

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