Museums of All-Russian Exhibition Center in Moscow, Moscow

The All-Russian Exhibition Center is a complex of buildings which are called pavilions. The center serves as house to some of the most important Russia's monuments. The pavilions are used as commercial space for exhibitions for different companies. The center has its museums, which are important representatives of the Russian culture. You may follow the list offered below to learn what museums you can visit if you decide to go to the All-Russian Exhibition Center.
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Museums of All-Russian Exhibition Center in Moscow Map

Guide Name: Museums of All-Russian Exhibition Center in Moscow
Guide Location: Russia » Moscow (See other walking tours in Moscow)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Author: audrey
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Animation Museum

1) Animation Museum

Ever wonder how puppet animation films were made? If the answer is yes, then the Animation Museum will answer that question and so much more. Hundreds of puppets from Soviet and modern cartoons decorate the building of the Exhibition Room located next to the House of Culture. The museum collection contains over 4,000 items, of which 1,000 are currently on display.

The museum experience is unlike any other and many adults report that they have revisited their childhood. The museum is also very popular with children and many programs are offered to ensure that there is something for everyone: special programs and lectures, school excursions for younger children, exhibitions and workshops.

Upon entering the museum, you are greeted by popular cartoon characters. Visitor participation is encouraged during the tour and participants awarded prizes for answering questions correctly. At the conclusion of the tour, guests retire to the cinema room to watch animation films. Films are also available for purchase.

Although you can freely photograph items in the museum, you cannot make audio or video recordings without management’s permission. Admission is free for students, veterans, the disabled, senior citizens and children under the age of five. The museum is open 11 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Friday and from 11 to 7 pm on the weekends.
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Memorial Museum of Astronautics

2) Memorial Museum of Astronautics

The Memorial Museum of Astronautics exhibits the history of Soviet space exploration and flight. The museum opened in 1981 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the flight of Yuri Gagarin into space. It owns over 8000 exhibits. The museum is housed inside the Monument to the Conquerors of Space.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
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Ice Age Museum

3) Ice Age Museum

One of the largest and most detailed paleontological museums in Russia, the Ice Age Museum allows visitors to view and touch the animals of ancient times. Paleontologists from around the globe also work at the facility.

Fyodor Shidlovskiy is the museum’s founder. It is his love of collecting fossils of extinct Pleistocene animals that sparked the origins of the museum. By 1994, the public had so much interest in Fyodor’s fossils that he was asked to do an exhibition that would travel all over Europe. At the same time, Fyodor was working on creating a paleontological museum that would present information in a straightforward, accessible, and easily understandable way. After years of hard work and effort, the museum opened in 2004.

The museum displays a wide range of data: bone carvings, life-size reconstructed mammoths from the Glacial period, bison, wolves, cave lions, rhinoceros, and the house of a Stone Age hunter. Visitors will be impressed by the bears that greet them as they enter the museum and by the numerous remnants of ancient mammals scattered or mounted nearby. The museum is open from 10 am to 7 pm Tuesday through Friday and 10 am to 10 pm Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays.
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House of Butterflies

4) House of Butterflies

Imagine a tropical oasis where one can view lepidopterons in their natural environment without disturbing them. The House of Butterflies is a Moscow-based museum that houses 500 species of live butterflies and 50 butterfly specimens from South-East Asia, Africa and South America. In addition, the stunning garden contains beetles, cockroaches, and other insects.

Butterflies symbolize the many stages of life: birth, death, and resurrection. Housed in 300 square meter greenhouse environment, which is optimally configured for its delicate residents, visitors are allowed to enjoy the beauty, tranquility, and grace of butterflies and can also witness the stages of their breathtaking transformation.

Photography workshops are frequently held for children that allow them to appreciate the beauty of butterflies up close. The numerous butterfly displays contain detailed and interesting information about each species. For anyone wishing to learn in detail about butterflies or to practice their photography skills, this is the perfect place to be. Due to the delicate nature of its inhabitants, visitors are not encouraged to touch the butterflies.

Thousands of visitors visit the museum each year. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday and from 10 am to 8 pm on the weekends. Entrance fee: 300 rubles for adults, 200 rubles for children. Admission is free for couples celebrating their wedding day.
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The House of Fairy-tales Zhili-Byli

5) The House of Fairy-tales Zhili-Byli

Imagine a place where you can not only learn about fables, stories, Russian folklore, and customs but reenact them in full detail. The House of Fairy Tales gives Russian children first-hand knowledge of this through hands-on activities, exhibitions, and so much more. The goal of the museum is to preserve local traditions and to emphasize the importance of reading and knowledge of their culture.

Established in 1995 through charitable donations, visitors will enjoy the interactive features of the museum. Children participate in stories while wearing authentic costumes, dance to folk dances, and sing folk songs. Over 20 programs that pertain to local and foreign fairy tales are available to the public. Also, the museum features over 400 collection items. Unlike many museums, you are encouraged to touch many of the exhibits.

An average of 25,000 patrons visits the museum each year. The museum is open from 10 am to 5:30 pm daily and has two branches, the Russian Fairy-Tales Museum and the Pinokkio Museum. Visits are by appointment only. The museum can be booked for birthday parties and school tours. Discounts are available for school tours of 15 to 20 people. Special programs are available for disabled children.
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Secrets of Submarine World

6) Secrets of Submarine World

Secrets of Submarine World is a submarine aquarium museum that features an impressive collection of water animals, such as piranhas, pythons, anacondas. There are also common snapping turtles, crocodiles and sharks. The submarine aquarium is especially popular for the 4 meters length python that feeds once a month. Secrets of Submarine museum is located in the 11th pavilion and is considered one of the most attractive museums of Moscow's All-Russian Exhibition Center.
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Samolet Gallery

7) Samolet Gallery

Samolet is a gallery, located in the hall of the Yak-42 airliner. This particular aircraft was tested first before Yak-42 airliners were released. In 1981 there was a world record set on this plane. Samolet gallery features important schemes, photos and different art projects by young artists.

Walking Tours in Moscow, Russia

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Popular Sights of All-Russian Exhibition Center in Moscow

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Travel Distance: 6.0 km
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Travel Distance: 5.8 km
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Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

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Travel Distance: 5.5 km

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