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“Very impressive & easy to get to by Metro” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Space Museum
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Moscow Space Race: The Cold War and Beyond Tour
Ranked #19 of 2,388 things to do in Moscow
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Monument to the Conquerors of Space was erected at Prospekt Mira in Moscow. This outstanding city landmark has been jointly designed by architects Michail Barsh and Andrey Kolchin, and sculptor Andrey Faydish-Krandiyevskiy. September 28th, 1967 Soviet government initiates founding of the Museum of Cosmonautics at the foot of the Monument to the Conquerors of Space to commemorate nation's achievements in space exploration. The Museum of Cosmonautics opens its doors to public on April 10th, 1981, 20th Anniversary of the first manned space flight. Museum exposition gives a retrospect on how Soviet space science evolved starting from first man-made satellites subsequently followed by the first manned space flight, first space walks, Moon exploration programs, Solar system exploration programs and international space research programs. Intricate interior design and unusual exposition altogether created a unique individuality of the Museum. However, new times set new standards. 25 years since its first opening the Museum has been closed down for a massive renovation. Now the Museum shows all the newly accumulated information and latest technologies.
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“Very impressive & easy to get to by Metro”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2013

Upon stepping out of the Metro station you can see a park with paths that lead to the towering monument. Statues line the paths, where Russians stroll (though watch for petty thieves) amongst tourists. The huge museum is under the main monument. Opened an hour later than documented. Walked to nearby park & markets (fruit/clothes) while waiting. No sign about paying to take photos-the room attendants will stop you if they catch you, but noticed many locals taking photos when the attendants weren't looking. Very modern with all types of displays & cafe/small shop. Would return here.

Visited October 2013
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“Don't miss this excellent museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

Normally my life revolves around boating but today I'm really pleased to recommend this wonderful museum dedicated to Russian space exploration. All those names from my childhood - Sputnik, Vostok, Yuri Gagarin - all right there with their equipment, space craft and mementoes to be viewed in awe and photographed (at a price of 200 Rub for a personal camera permit on top of the 200 Rub admission charge) - make sure you have one or the ladies who prowl the floors will soon have you marching out to get one!

Sure its not that well signed in English - theres a load of Russian language signs explaining some of the exhibits with a single line of English to translate at the bottom but if it looks like a space ship its probably a space ship....

Most fascinating for me were the displays of food and every day items adapted for use onboard as well as being able to stand inside a MIR space station - loved it.

So don't think twice about visiting - and while you're there you are on the doorstep of a huge funfair and big wheel. Visit at the weekend and there'll be loads going on including street entertainment. Round off the trip with a ride on Russia's only monorail which runs from near VDNK to somewhere else nearby - I don't think anyone really understands why it is there!

Visited November 2013
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“Superb in every way”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

This museum is extraordinary. From the huge titanium sculpture on the top of the museum to the quality of the exhibits it is exceptional. It is very close to VDNKh metro - one staircase from the metro actually comes out alongside the titanium sculpture. Its deceiving in size from the outside. In fact its huge inside.

The most notable exhibits are historically important. I have stared in total captivation at Gagarin's suit and spacecraft. You can actually touch it - a connection to a moment in world history. Equally impressive is Leonov's suit. It looks so flimsy.

Poor Belka and Strelka. The first life forms to leave earth and return alive. They are two little dogs who are now in glass cases.

Further into the museum is something really quite special, and intelligently thought out - its the replica Mir space station. It hangs by steel cables in a large area and appears to float. It is rather large. The lighting is superbly orientated and when you go inside Mir you have the illusion that you could be in orbit. It is very well done.

I have visited this museum twice now and my captivation by the Mir and the Vostok has diverted me from looking at the other exhibits, and they are fascinating too. I could spend an hour just looking at Korolev's office.

Although it is not as well known as the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC , it is certainly as important and impressive.

Visited February 2013
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“Stunning monument, but museum closed on Mondays :(”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

This attraction is easy to find, just come out of the Metro and look for the monument reaching up to the sky. The monument itself was very evocative and worth the trip on it's own. Which was lucky as we hadn't realized that the museum was closed on Mondays which is when we went.

Visited October 2013
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“Brilliant Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

First visited this museum in 1984 and was impressed then. It doesn't disappoint today, it's been expanded and revamped. Anyone interested in the space race in general will love the exhibits. There is still very little information in English on exhibits, which is a pity as there are no audio guides either. We were lucky enough to have a brilliant guide as part of a small group arranged via Viking River cruises, but you may be able to arrange this via the museum. To get there why not take the monorail which stops directly opposite the entrance. Good photographs of the monument it's self are possible without hordes of people especially from the stairs at the side of the museum entrance. Access for those with walking aides & wheelchairs is good (unusual in Moscow at present). You can purchase a photography pass for £4, worthwhile if you want to pose with Sputnik, or a space loo. The cafe is very expensive and there is only a small gift kiosk with limited souvenirs - hence only four stars!

Visited October 2013
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