Museum of Moscow

Everything about the city and its residents: yesterday, today, tomorrow
The Museum of Moscow was founded in 1896. The museum is located in the Proviantskiye Sklady (Foodstuff Warehouses), a federal monument of architecture. The museum's catalogue numbers about 800,000 items, including a rich collection of archaeological artefacts. The Museum of Moscow has four branches: the Lefortovo Museum, the Old English Court, the Museum of Archaeology and the Gilyarovskiy Centre
Tour of the Petrovsky Road Palace. History
Petrovsky Road Palace was built on the order of Catherine the Great in the Neo-Gothic style as a place for the imperial family to rest on the way from St. Petersburg to Moscow. Hence its name - "Road". During the war of 1812, the headquarters of Napoleon Bonaparte were located in the Palace. It was from here that he watched the rebellious city burn. During the online tour, visitors will also learn the history of the Petrovsky Park surrounding this historic building. The online tour is conducted by Andrey Tsybulsky, a senior researcher at the Moscow Museum.
The tour along the halls of the Petrovsky Road Palace
During the online tour, the visitors will see exhibits dedicated to coronations and find out where patriarchs lived in the Palace. The online tour is conducted by Andrey Tsybulsky, a senior researcher at the Moscow Museum.
Exhibition tour: "Family Values. History"
Examining the development of the institution of the family, this exposition covers 150 years of history and examines the social forms on which loving relationships and married life are based today. Viewers of the online tour will learn how people got married in the 19th century, what it was like to go on dates when our grandmothers were young, as well as what the dowry of merchant families consisted of. The online tour is hosted by the co-curator of the exhibition, Polina Zhurakovskaya.
Tour of the "Family Values. 20th Century" exhibition
The 20th century was a turning point for family relations not only in the world, but also in Russia. Revolution, wars, changing ideological regimes and periodic economic crises were all reflected in displays of love and parenting. The online tour examines how the attitude towards marriage changed after 1917, how weddings themselves became celebratory events, when "palaces of marriage" first appeared, as well as the state's role in the institution. Viewers will also hear how relationships and communication within the family with children were built. The online tour is hosted by the co-curator of the exhibition, Polina Zhurakovskaya.
History of Moscow for Children and Adults. Part 1: Ancient Moscow
The online tour will explore how people lived in the region surrounding Moscow from the Stone Age to the era of Peter the Great. It also shows some of the most important archaeological discoveries in recent years. The online tour is hosted by the head of the Archaeology Department and curator of the exhibition, Ekaterina Svyatitskaya.
History of Moscow for Children and Adults. Part 2: Moscow Was not Built in a Day
The city of Moscow's early history is connected with Prince Yuri Dolgoruky, who arrived on the territory of what was then the small settlement of Moscow on 4 April 1147. At that time, Moscow was a tiny fortress at the top of Borovitsky Hill. The online tour shows viewers fragments of the oak fortifications that made up the first wooden walls of the Kremlin. Viewers can also see images of the Kremlin's first stone walls, which arose in the late 14th century. Viewers will discover when the familiar red brick walls were erected and what other fortresses appeared in the 16th century. The online tour is hosted by the head of the Archaeology Department and curator of the exhibition, Ekaterina Svyatitskaya.
"Ostozhenka. A Project Within a Project" exhibition
This exhibition focuses on the architectural bureau's large-scale project to redevelop the territory of the Ostozhenka neighbourhood, a fragment of Moscow's historical core. For 10 years, this project served as a city-planning programme for new developments in this territory. The Bureau, alongside the usual design practice, served as the general designer of the whole neighbourhood.
Tour of the "Ilya Ilf, The Odessa Muscovite, a Writer with a Photo Camera" exhibition
The tour will explore the life of Ilya Ilf in Moscow, the changes that he observed in the "new" capital, as well as about the exhibition itself, which for the first time presents photographs and documents from the Ilf family archive. The exhibition was opened at the Gilyarovsky Centre, a branch of the Museum of Moscow.
Lefortovo History Museum
A Moscow museum dedicated to the history of the eponymous district.
Tour of the German Quarter exposition
Lefortovo History Museum is the only museum in Moscow dedicated to one district. The tour will depict the story of Lefortovo, starting from the time of the German Quarter, the area where foreigners settled in the mid-17th century. Visitors will learn how François Le Fort was related to Peter the Great along with the reasons why Peter's father was forced to issue a decree banning the wearing of Russian clothing by foreigners. The online tour is hosted by the head of the Popularisation of Science department, Vladimir Delvig.
"The Moscow Centre of Mercy and Charity" tour
Peter the Great brought to Russia not only European customs but also medicine. In 1707, a Dutch-style hospital was built on the banks of the Yauza River, along with a medical school and a pharmacy garden. The tour shows the Lefortovo district as the birthplace of the domestic medical system. The online tour is hosted by the head of the Popularisation of Science department, Vladimir Delvig.
The Old English Court
An architectural and historical landmark of Moscow. Monument to civil architecture of the 15th—17th centuries, the residence of the English trading Moscow Company, and during the embassy missions — the English embassy house.
"The History of the Chambers of the Old English Court" tour
The museum exposition is dedicated to the life of the English merchant house on Varvarka Street during the 16th–17th centuries and also explores the emergence of relations between England and Muscovy. During the tour of the Old English Court — the chamber of English merchants in the 16th–17th centuries — viewers will learn how the two countries traded with each other, how foreigners lived here and what they did for a living, and what prompted Tsar Aleksey Mikhailovich to sever relations with England for 11 years. The online tour is hosted by Olga Zhuravlyova, head of the Showroom department.
Moscow Museum of Archaeology
The Moscow Museum of Archaeology was opened in 1997. This unique museum is located at a depth of 7 metres below ground. One of the main exhibits is the foundations of the 17th century Voskresensky Bridge across the Neglinnaya River.
"The Museum of Archaeology. A Bridge to the Past" exhibition
The Moscow Museum of Archaeology is located 7 metres underground, at the site of major archaeological excavations. This tour will examine the main exhibit — the stone foundations of the 17th–18th century Voskresensky Bridge, which is one of the earliest stone bridges in Moscow, as well as other exhibits, like weapons and jewellery of ancient peoples living in the Moscow area. The online tour is hosted by the head of the Showroom department and candidate of historical sciences, Maxim Moiseev.
"The Museum of Archaeology. The First Mention" exhibition
When does one celebrate Moscow's birthday? And who occupied the territory before the city was formed? During the tour, viewers will discover why archaeologists keep finding Asian artefacts in the Moscow area and see the jewellery of one of the largest treasure troves found during excavations in the capital. The online tour is hosted by the head of the Showroom department and candidate of historical sciences, Maxim Moiseev.
Joint project with LIFE
A series of video tours through the iconic places of the streets of Moscow. The program is presented by Larisa Skrypnik, a Moscow scholar and senior researcher at the Museum of Moscow, and Denis Romodin, a Moscow scholar and researcher at the Museum of Moscow, author of articles on urban architecture, as well as a lecture course "Living in Moscow", dedicated to the everyday life of citizens in the XX century.
Virtual tour "Mayor's House: Mysteries of the 18th-century Palace"
The tour reveals the interiors of the Moscow mayor's office on Tverskaya Street. Visitors will view the palace's state rooms in their modern use, a unique enfilade, and a balcony from which many of Vladimir Lenin's speeches were delivered.
Virtual tour 'Nosov Mansion: Sweet Piece of Architecture on Yauza River'
The tour of one of the loveliest mansions in Moscow from the early 20th century. Local historian Larissa Skrypnik explains why Nosov's workroom was right at the entrance, what original elements of the building have survived, and what happened to the mansion following its nationalisation in 1917.
"Povarskaya Streer: from Soviet avant-garde to Russian uzorochye style" tour
At this tour the viewers will learn about the Povarskaya Street. For two times the street was a setting for the movies of Russian famous directors. That's where they filmed "Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears" and "Ivan Vasilievich Changes Profession". Gnessin State Musical College was moved to this street, and Gogol attended a church nearby.
"Spiridonovka: how a swamp turned into a prestigious street" tour
At this tour the viewers will walk down the Spiridonovka as the story will describe, how a swamp, that was used for herding goats, eventually turned into a prestigious street where soviet elite lived. Why did the writer Alexey Tolstoi live in a servants' house and where did Margarita live according to Bulgakov's fans? Let's find out.
From Boyars to Oligarchs. The History of Elite Housing in Ostozhenka
The first tour will tell its participants about five landmarks of Ostozhenka Street that come from different periods of Moscow history, from the boyar era to Perestroika and our time. During the tour, its participants will discover how the Golytsins Chambers, elite housing of the 17th century, are designed, explore classical architecture showcased by the House of Governor Pyotr Yeropkin and see city villas built by Lev Kekushev, a master of Art Nouveau. Guide Denis Romodin will also tell tour participants what happened to the street in the Soviet times and what is happening to it today, when it has become one of the most luxurious Moscow districts.
Novinskiy Boulevard
During the tour, its participants will discover the history of Novinskiy Boulevard: what name it had in the Soviet times and why celebrities of the past loved residences on this street. The participants will also see the first experimental Khrushchev-era block of flats and learn why they needed a dining hall in the Narkomfin Building.
"Milutinsky Lane: from expats to squatters" tour
At this tour viewers will find out, where modern squatter-artists live. Learn the secrets of "Giprouglemash" building and discover how the old telephone stations looked in the past.
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