English Courtyard Museum
English Courtyard Museum
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Neighbourhood: Tverskoy
How to get there
  • Ploshchad Revolyutsii • 7 min walk
  • Kurskaya • 7 min walk
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Alexander_Kudrin
Samara, Russia9,233 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
An old building built in the 16th century is located in the very center of Moscow near Zaryadye Park.
Entrance for adults - 350 rubles.
Here you can imagine how English merchants lived during the time of Ivan the Terrible, when trade relations between Russia and England began to improve. Low stone ceilings, narrow doors, small rooms.
As for the exposition, it is quite poor, without a guide I went around the building in 15-20 minutes. There are interactive screens where you can read the information yourself.
Few original historical exhibits. A huge stove with tiles in one of the rooms attracts attention.
In the adjacent room there are models of guns, halberds, barrels and much more.
In the basement (basement) there is currently an exhibition dedicated to the feat of Soviet soldiers in the Great Patriotic War. I liked the installation in the form of a tree with ribbons hanging from the branches from the so-called mortal medallions worn by soldiers.
But in my opinion it would be more interesting if the exposition related to a specific building.
Basically you can go.
Written 20 June 2022
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Naija M
Algiers, Algeria667 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
This museum is just a few minutes walk from St Basil’s Cathedral. It consists of about four small rooms which inform you about the history of trade between Russia and Britain. It is quite interesting and a pleasant place to be, however you don’t need to spend much time there. It’s probably a place to visit if you find yourself in the area and the weather is bad. Please note that you have to negotiate a couple of very steep and narrow staircases, also the doorways to each room are very low, so mind your head!
Written 1 March 2020
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Vadim A
Western Sahara, Morocco33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Walking in central Moscow on a winter day? Don't miss this place. It's not big, but the impression is the highest - feel the history, climb the high narrow stares, and it's warm and friendly, even the security personnel. it's one of the oldest buildings in Moscow, so feel the spice of the centuries. Must go.
Written 2 January 2020
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lindapayson
New York City, NY95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
When I first entered the Old English court I was under-whelmed. However on the second floor, on of the staff insisted that I sit down with her while she told me the story of the place. She talked to me for at least 20 minutes - like having my own private tour guide. Her English was not perfect but her stories were really interesting, covering both the history of the Old English court, the surrounding area and what was going on in the current day. I agree that, since most of the plaques are not in English you will need some kind of guide unless you get lucky as I did.
Written 6 October 2019
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Martin A
Dubai, United Arab Emirates407 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
We visited in June. Frankly there isn’t much to see. 3 rooms and a few displays. But what we did was to enquire about a guide and we were lucky to go back with Alexander an English speaking (Russian) guide. He took 2 hours to tell us a huge amount. Very very entertaining and informative. It made a massive difference. Very well worth the additional cost and a great thing to do. Amazing history of British trade with Moscow.
Written 24 September 2019
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Vitaly K
Kirkland, WA233 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Admittedly, there is not much to see at the English court. In fact, the building itself is the only historic and period-correct exhibit. Wares displayed are unashamedly modern made.
However, the true value of this museum is in the insight it offers into Russian history and a key tenet of Russian policy for the last 5 centuries: push to access seas and Europe. At time of Ivan IV, Russia was landlocked and preventing from trading with European countries by Lithuania and Poland, then mighty states to the West. British traders found a way through nothern seas towards Archangelsk, establishing a route around these obstacles. Both parties benefitted from the trade, with Russia realizing what it was missing out on. Here comes the push towards Baltic sea as a trading route. Thus the trading post located in this old building layed out foundation for a core principle of Russian policy: maintain access to seas to the West and trading routes with Europe. Ironically, it was started by Britain, later a key competitor to Russia.
Written 13 July 2019
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Stephan
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
There are three small rooms.
the exhibition is only replicas and fakes. everything is printed on a color printer.
Written 31 March 2019
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gentbrugg
Moscow2,304 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
This is a museum, the exposition of which can be viewed after paying money (by the way, quite small). It is dedicated to the trade relations between England and Russia, which began in the middle of the 16th century. During almost a century the building belonged to the British trading company. The rest of the time it was owned by some influential boyars, by the State, then it housed an arithmetic school (under Peter I), and even a residential home. The political needs of the end of the last century determined the current profile of the building. It was restored according to the preserved drawings. So in the historical heart of Moscow again appeared the English - in appearance and style - building.
The museum is quite interesting, but not too much. In fact, there are not so many exhibits, and they are not of primary museum value.
Written 1 October 2018
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MuscoviteVT
Moscow, Russia13,761 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
Watch your step! And mind your head! I nearly lost a good share of mine, hitting the ceiling :((
The stairs are very steep; although the museum says it’s suitable for wheel-chairs, I do not know how they handle it. Forget high-heels, you may be able to climb up, but getting down will be quite a feat.
On the positive side there is a toilet and a cloak-room in the cellar two or three steps down from the ground floor. Both free, of course – we haven’t reached those heights of the market economy yet to have paid toilets and cloak-room in museums or theatres.
The box-office is to the right of the entrance; thank God and the maintenance engineer, they now accept credit cards! The entrance fee is a trifle – 200 roubles, you won’t get a Starbucks coffee for that price. No fee for photos – I was happy to use my camera as much as I could, including the picturesque guides in 16th century clothes :))
The building is now hardly visible from the Red Square, I had to come down to the new Zaryadye Park first, and only then, after St. Barbara’s church, I could see the Old English Court. By the way, they call it ‘old’ not because it is physically old – though it really is. It is even older than the English trade mission itself, which is said to be the first official foreign agency permanently stationed in Moscow.
There was housing here already in the 15th century, belonging to a prominent tsar court functionary whose name you won’t remember anyway. This fellow had no heirs, and the house went to the crown, to be donated later to the English merchants – Ivan IV was very much impressed by Richard Chancellor’s determination.
(You can learn even more, operating touch-screen in the museum, or listening to the audio-guide, or watching the film in the small chamber on the upper floor – unfortunately I had no time to do so, was in a bit of a hurry to the theatre).
Written 25 May 2018
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Nick R
London, UK15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
As the sign outside reads, this is a piece of Shakespeare's England in Medieval Moscow. Located just a few minutes walk from St Basil's and Red Square, it is fascinating - particularly for an English person - to contemplate that there were English traders (The Muscovy Company) living and working here 450 years ago. I visited on a Saturday morning and it was very busy, with all the other visitors being Russians. A number of people have commented on the amount of restoration and so on which has taken place, but this is true of course for most historical buildings and the effort is to be commended rather than criticised (it is also documented in a video, which contains interesting footage of Moscow in the 1930s). You do not need much time here, 15 or 20 minutes is quite sufficient. Think of it as more of an emotional rather than historical experience and enjoy.
Written 14 October 2017
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