State Museum of GULAG's History, Moscow

3.9
#38 of 443 in Museums in Moscow
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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  • 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 »
  • This museum does an excellent job of illustrating a not so pleasant period of time in Russia's history. To someone like me who is not well versed in Russian history, the story of the gulags is eye....  more »
  • They didn't have an English audio guide which would have helped. Also, I discoved about halfway through that the laminated story boards hanging on the wall had English on the other side - that would....  more »
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  • A really amazing place! You can spend 5 hours here reading through everything. I like how they are honest about history and they do not seem to hide facts that you may not find in other places. I also really like the personal stories, they're very well explained and it makes you feel history even more. It is more than worth it and it's not expensive either
  • Excellent museum. Well curated and interesting for all ages. Plenty to think about and good for Russian and English speakers alike. Found it easily enough by following the map on the museum website. I went with my 14 year old son who seemed to get something out of what could have been a very difficult historical subject. His reward was a bottle of Sprite in the cafe downstairs, which like the rest of the museum was well appointed and pleasantly not too busy.
  • Probably the best museum I visited in Russia. The exhibition were interesting and intriguing, and the recordings were genuinely touching. Most of the information was translated to English (a great improvement in comparison to other museums I visited), and the interactive part was showing well the progress during the years. I was missing a bit more information about the people operating the system.
  • 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.
  • Very interesting and well done museum. It makes you think, want to remember about the things that happened. Good for foreign tourists (each exhibit has got a translated information in English about itself).

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