New Museums of Moscow

Moscow is justifiably named the city of museums. Over there you can find variety of museums, from cultural treasury to modern ones, and considering that, one thing is for sure: everyone will find something for its taste.

More than 50 new extraordinary museums deserving attention have appeared in Moscow since the beginning of the 21st century. Here are some of them:

1. Interactive Educational Center of the State Darwin Museum

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The Center was opened in 2014. Transparent floor covers a flowing river full of fish flocks, tiny cells are growing up to the size of a mature watermelon, and continents obey every movement of a hand. Due to innovative technologies, visitors can become heroes of a fantastic future. In search of life they can look under tree crowns, soar after migratory birds, submerge to the bottom of the World Ocean and crack a door to the mysterious world of a cell. Everyone, both young and old, can measure their strength, response speed and functioning of the vestibular apparatus and, comparing themselves to other living organisms. Fascinating games and interactive exhibits allow without doing without museum guide.

www.darwinmuseum.ru

2. Museum of Soviet-Time Game Machines

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This museum, which was opened in 2007, is called a “time machine” fair enough. It takes adults back to their childhood and allows children seeing the past. The museum’s exposition is entirely interactive. One can not only touch everything but play games with acting machines dating back to 1970-80’s, such as Sea Battle, Sniper, Magistral, Repka, Gorodki, Safari, Autorally-M and others. One just has to put a 15-kopeck Soviet coin into the slot. There are more than 60 game machines in the museum. Of course, they look primitive compared to modern gadgets but to Soviet boys and girls, who were inexperienced  in amusements, they seemed real miracle at the time.

www.15kop.ru

3. Experimentanium, the Museum of Amusing Sciences

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 In this extraordinary museum, which was opened in March 2011, one can not only look at the exhibits but also perform tests and experiments in own hands, and participate in scientific programs and master classes. Such non-typical comprehension of scientific laws and phenomena of the outside world will surely be interesting  for both children and adults. The area of 2.500 sq.m comprises more than 200 interactive exhibits telling fascinating stories in the spheres of mechanics, electricity, magnetics and acoustic. Optical illusions, puzzles, samples of cars, mechanisms and appliances vividly representing the possibilities of science and technology in various spheres of a modern human’s life are demonstrated. Each of the exhibits may be examined independently or as a guided tour.

www.experimentanium.ru

4. Lunarium Museum at Moscow Planetarium

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Here every secret comes to light, and what’s incredible becomes apparent. Founders of the museum that was opened in 2011, did their best to make it as interactive as possible. In Lunarium, everyone not only can, but should touch everything by hands, press, launch and perform scientific experiments. The museum’s exhibition consists more than 80 extraordinary exhibits. They allow creating artificial clouds, generating forceful tornadoes, producing electronic power and even finding out one’s weight on different planets of the Solar System.

www.planetarium-moscow.ru

5. “Taganka Bunker-42” Museum

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Those who love rattling their nerves will enjoy genuine Soviet-era nuclear bomb-proof shelter situated at 65 m depth. This is the planet’s only museum of cold war, the time when world stood on the verge of self-destruction. Thematic guided tours having titles speaking for themselves: Secrecy Label Lifted, “NVP” (basic military training), Extreme, Soviet Russia, Caribian Crisis are to visitors’ choice. You can find yourself in the conference hall of the top management of the USSR, which was reconstructed pursuant to originals designs, or check whether you are able to meet the standard of Soviet basic training as regards assembly/dismantling of the Kalashnikov gun and putting on a gas mask. The trademark special effect of the “Bunker” is imitation of launch and explosion of P-36M2 “Voyevoda”nuclear missile in the alleged enemy’s territory.

www.bunker42.com

6. ARTSTORY Gallery of Modern Art

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A brand new exhibition site on Moscow art map. Here one can see works by Russian and foreign authors working in various trends, techniques and genres; artists, photographers and sculptors of various pochs and fates. The gallery founders, collectors Mikhail Openheim and Lucine Petrosyan are interested in “investigating both the role of history in the creative activity of authors and the role of painters in creating the history itself”. The gallery comprises four exhibition halls and art-residence for talented regional artists. ARTSTORY collection includes works by Aleksey Shvartsman, Nikolay Vechtmov, Anatoly Zverev, Nikolay Sitnikov, Oscar Rabin, Oleg Tselkov, Moisei Feygin and many other artists who unveil the particular and unique edge of such a complicated phenomenon as “Russian avant-garde”.

 www.art-story.com

7. Yevtushenko Gallery Museum

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In 2010, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, a well-known Russian poet, prose writer, publicist, director, script writer, actor, photo artist and public figure granted his gallery museum to Russia as a gift by way of gratuity to the Motherland which raised and brought him up. The exhibition is opened with a collection of Yevtushenko’s author’s photographs entitled “My Humankind”. Bright and vivid photographs illustrate various aspects of human life in the 20th century. The gallery’s halls represent the works by famous masters of the 20th-21st centuries i.e. Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Fernand Léger, Joan Miró, Max Ernst, Gianni Pisani, Niko Pirosmani, Mihail Shemyakin, Juri Vassiliev, Oleg Tselkov, Sergey Moiseenko, Tatiana Shevchenko, Alexander Bibin, many of which were presented to Yevgeny Yevtushenko by their authors, sincere worshippers of his talent.

www.sovr.ru/museum/evtushenko

8. Museum of Retro Cars

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The passion for cars is a national feature of us. As the popular quotation goes, “every Russian is an aggressive driver…” And for some Russians collecting retro cars is not just a hobby but the way of life. The Museum of Retro Cars on Rogozhsky Bank was created in 2003. Here you can find out almost everything about the history of machine-building industry, famous auto inventors and their great creations, about celebrities’ favorite cars. The exhibition is situated in the center of Moscow occupying the buildings of the former auto factory. The museum’s basis comprises a unique collection of retro machinery. The five showrooms represent more than 240 rare domestic and foreign cars, motorcycles, bicycles, buses, lorries and special-purpose vehicles.

www.auto-retro-museum.ru

9. Vodka History Museum on Izmailovo

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The exhibition describes the 500-year history of the Russian national drink from the times of its invention until now. The collection represents more than 600 vodka types, ancient and modern ones, collected from around the world. Vodka is an integral part of Russian drinking tradition and cultural rituals. Its presence cannot be avoided at each significant event in the lives of the Russians. The remarkable role of vodka in Russia’s history is proven by the documents, tsar’s decrees and works by well-known Russian philosophers demonstrated here. The museum comprises a valuable collection of stofs and bottles manufactured by N.L.Shustov and P.A.Smirnov, the legendary vodka suppliers to the Emperor’s court. The other unique exhibition that has no parallel in the world consists of bottle labels of various times and peoples. Having learned everything about vodka, you can taste it in the museum hall styled as an old Russian tavern (traktir).

www.votkamuseum.ru

10. Industrial Culture Museum

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This is a truly people’s museum of technical equipment and everyday life of the bygone soviet era. It is the museum of reminiscences. Most of the things exhibited here once served common people in their everyday lives, residing in their houses. Some exhibits were granted to the museum by its visitors themselves. It is no wonder that people come here in whole families and everyone can find something  resonating his or her soul here. Children are attracted by the opportunity to pick a plain toys that once elated their parents. Mothers feel nostalgic seeing the mincing machines, vacuum cleaners, washing and sewing machines that once used to serve their grandmothers. While fathers have their eyes glued on already rare cars, motorcycles and other machinery marked “Made in USSR”. The museum has no plates and rope barriers common for other exhibition spaces. One can touch many exhibits, hold them in hands and find out the principles of their operation.

www.museum-ic.ru

11. Russian Valenki Museum

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Valenki (Russian felt boots) has always been an integral part of Russian costume, Russian way of life, Russian winter and even Russian character. Russian Valenki Museum is the only one in Moscow where you can find much new about this footwear. Valenki make even the most severe frosts bearable. This unique footwear, having no beginning, no end, no seams, no hems, was greatly respected by Russian people of all ranks and classes. The museum represents their various models, from painted late 19th-century ones to unique designer’s valenki of the present century. Felt maker has always been an honored profession in Russia, the roots of craftsmanship dating back to old centuries. Acquaintance with the methods and instruments of manual felting, stages of industrial production of felted footwear and viewing the video film in the course of the guided tour along the museum allow tracing the way of valenki creation.

www.gorizont.org/muzey/

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