VDNKh – The Moscow Mockup and Smart City

VDNKh (ВДНХ) is a permanent general purpose trade show and amusement/leisure park in Moscow. The park first opened in 1939 with ten pavilions, and has since expanded to over 200 buildings. A friend and I saw two exhibits during our time at VDNKh: the Moscow Mockup (Макет Москвы) and Smart City (Умный город), both new […]

State Historical Museum of Russia

The State Historical Museum, located in the center of Moscow between Red and Manege Squares, was founded in 1872. It features exhibits concerning the Russian territory from the prehistoric ages until the end of the Romanov dynasty. I took a guided English-language tour of this museum through Bridge to Moscow. Although I paid 150 rubles […]

GULAG History Museum

Excursion included in SRAS cultural program for Moscow for Fall, 2017. The GULAG Museum, established in 2001 by writer, historian, and former gulag prisoner A.V. Antonov-Ovseenko, is the only state museum devoted to Stalin’s repressions and the GULAG system. We took a guided tour of this small but informative museum as part of our SRAS […]

Bunker-42

Excursion included in SRAS cultural program for Moscow Fall, 2017. Bunker-42 was intended to be an underground fortification designed to protect the USSR’s top-ranking military and government officials (including Joseph Stalin) from nuclear warfare. It remained completely secret from citizens and foreign intelligence until 1995, when it was purchased by a private company and opened […]

Moscow’s Theater Square: History in Old Photos

Moscow’s Theater Square is not only one of the most beautiful and popular squares, but also one of the oldest. There are three theatres in total that surround the square—the Bolshoi, the Maly, and the Russian Youth Theatres. At the beginning of the 19th century, the square was named Petrovskaya Square, after the nearby Petrovka […]

5 Minutes in Russia

This footage was captured by SRAS Assistant Director Josh Wilson: “This was city day in Moscow, but the amount of foot traffic on the new pedestrian streets in the city center – and the amount of open art displayed – are actually fairly typical for a weekend evening in Russia’s capital these days. Note that […]

Krutitskoe Podvorye: A Hidden Gem of Moscow

Krutitskoe Podvorye Religious History in Moscow Free area of town to stroll in Directions: Take the metro to Proletarskaya station. After leaving the metro, head straight down Krutitskiy Per., toward the Moscow River. Continue past the four-way intersection with Novospasskiy Pr-d. On your left, you will see Krutitskaya Ul. Head down the road, and at […]

Old Moscow in Paintings. Part Two.

The only way to peek into Moscow’s past prior to invention of photography is through paintings and works of masters of historical reconstruction. In this article, we will compare the look of old Moscow with how we see it today. Fedor Alekseev’s painting “View of the Resurrection and Nikolsky Gates and the Neglinny Bridge from […]

10 Buildings from the 1980 Olympics and What Became of Them

This list was originally compiled by Timeout.ru. Translation was provided by SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar Michael Filitis. 1. Cosmos Hotel All these years, this building, situated next to VDNKh park, has operated according to its intended design. In 2004, it even celebrated a milestone: its 7 millionth visitor. It is impossible to not recall […]

Muzeon “Statue Graveyard” in Moscow

Muzeon Where: Krimsky Val, вл. 2, Moscow Open 8:00-23:00 Free Entrence (~$3 for coffee or a snack) Muzeon is a park and open air sculpture museum located next to Gorky Park and within the Garden ring of Moscow. Opened in 1992, the park consists of huge green areas, old soviet monuments, sculptures that could not […]

The Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow

The Bolshoi Theater A Night Out with SRAS Tickets typically run $50 and more Included with SRAS summer 2016 program Are you interested in theater? I wasn’t. I went with SRAS to the ballet anyway though, thinking I’d at least get my money’s worth out of the study abroad package. Knowing what I know now, […]

Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve in Moscow

Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve: Walking Seminar and Picnic Dolskaya ul., 1, Moscow, 115569 Offered as part of the SRAS cultural program – Summer, 2016 Free, but bring ~$10 if you want a snack Tsaritsyno is a park and museum complex in southern Moscow. Currently one of the largest reserves in Moscow, the land started as an aristocratic […]

Grand Kremlin Palace Tour in Moscow

Grand Kremlin Palace Tour By Appointment Only $75 for the tour When SRAS gave me the opportunity to take an exclusive tour of the Grand Kremlin Palace, which is an exclusive tour that is normally off-limits to the general public, I had to take it. This particular tour is different from those that cover the […]

The Moscow Space Museum

The Moscow Space Museum Prospect Mira, 111 Free with student ID (500 rubles otherwise) The Moscow Space Museum rivals any other cosmonautic museum in the world for the sheer size of collection of memorabilia relating to the early days of space travel and modern advancements, as well as models of space craft that countries from […]

A Tour of the Kremlin in Moscow

A Tour of the Kremlin in Moscow with a stop at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior Free tour offered summer of 2016 with SRAS’s regular Moscow programs As part of SRAS’s Russian as a Second Language (RSL) program at Moscow State University, I had the opportunity to attend a guided walking tour of the […]

Gorky Park and Garage Museum of Modern Art in Mocsow

 Gorky Park and Garage Museum of Modern Art in Moscow Poster Child of Russia’s Urban Revitalization Open 24/7 Free Entrance, Bring Cash for Food, Bike Rentals, etc. For several years now, Russia’s federal government and the city government of Moscow have worked together in an attempt to revitalize the capital city, with a particular focus […]

Kolomenskoye Park in Moscow

Kolomenskoye Park Andropova Ave, 39 Daily 08:00-21:00 (May 1st to September 31st 07:00-24:00) Free (~$5 for drinks and ice cream) Kolomenskoye Park is definitely one of Moscow’s must-see attractions. Open year round, this former royal estate contains historic local buildings, gardens, a haunted ravine with pagan shrines, and several artifacts and parts of wooden buildings […]

Old Moscow In Paintings. Part 1.

The only way to peek into Moscow’s past prior to invention of photography is through paintings and works of masters of historical reconstruction. In this article, we will compare the look of old Moscow with how we see it today. Past painting: Louis-Pierre-Alphonse Bichebois. Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed, Beginning of 19th Century. Present […]

Recommended Theater Performances in Moscow

Russia is known for its theater and ballet. Take advantage and see all that you can while here. You can buy tickets at the theater or concert hall itself or from a reseller such as Kontramarka, Parter, or Ponominalu, which allow you to reserve tickets pick them up at location near you or even have […]

The Tragic and Triumphant History of the Girl with an Oar

The Girl with an Oar sculpture was re-introduced to Gorky Park in 2011. Originally installed in 1935, it was then a controversial piece of art, and endured criticism, a likely theft or vandalism, revision, and then destruction by Nazi bombs. Everyone associated with the statue died the year the statue was destroyed: 1941. The statue […]

Alyona Dergilyova, My Moscow (Cityscape in Watercolors)

I was born in an old one-story merchant’s house in the Taganka District of Moscow. Our house stood on the corner of Vorontsovskaya Street, which then had a tram track, and Mayakovsky Pereulok. At one time, Vladimir Mayakovsky lived at the end of that pereulok, and my grandmother used to tell me how more than […]

Vladimir Kachanov – Painting Moscows Past

A native Moscovite, Vladimir Kachanov has been painting Moscow for over forty years. His paintings depict old Moscow that many Moscovite’s today are unfamiliar with. Kachanov’s paintings of old Moscow courtyards and boulevards now serve as historic documents showing what Moscow was like before the construction and demolition boom of the 1990s. Kachanov paints with […]

10 Ways to Enjoy Moscow’s Winter Parks

Russia is famous for miserably cold winters. This means that, in winter, Russians must stay at home being miserable, right? Not at all! For Russians, winters are part of their national heritage and there is arguably no greater beauty and no better time to get out and be active than during a day of “мороз […]

House on the Embankment Museum in Moscow

House on the Embankment Museum / Mузей дом на набережной ул. Серафимовича д.2 Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 10:00-18:30, Thursday from 11:00-21:00, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00-18:00; closed every last Friday of the month for cleaning As part of my Russian language course at Moscow State University, my professor took us to the […]

The Kremlin Ballet

Kremlin Ballet State Kremlin Palace ул. Воздвиженка, д. 1 (Box Office) Box Office Hours: Every day from 12:00 to 20:00 Performance Times: 14:00 and 19:00 depending on the day Cost: 500-800 rubles per ticket, minimum In late September, as one of the SRAS Cultural Excursions, our group went to see the ballet “Snow Maiden” (“Снегурочка”) […]

Moscow’s Stalinist High-Rise Stars as You’ve Never Seen Them

The Village presents drone photographs of the tops of Soviet skyscrapers. Every Russian knows the seven Stalinist high-rises (or, as foreigners call them, the “Seven Sisters”), which were the first Soviet skyscrapers and remained the tallest buildings in Europe for many years. The following article appears on The Village in Russian. It has been translated […]

Walk Moscow’s Pedestrian Streets in 10 Minutes

The Village used the new Instagram mobile app, Hyperlapse, to capture the pedestrian zones of Moscow. The following was originally published in Russian. It was translated by SRAS Translation Abroad Scholar Sophia Rehm. At the end of August, new pedestrian zones opened in Moscow on Maroseyka, Petrovka and Pyatnitskaya Streets, and in September city hall […]

Bulgakov’s Moscow

A walking tour for fans of The Master and Margarita. The following has been published in multiple places in Russian online. It was translated by SRAS Translate Abroad Scholar Sophia Rhem. 1. The Evil Apartment The prototype for the Evil Apartment was 10 Bolshaya Sadovaya Street, Apt. 50 in Moscow, where Bulgakov lived from 1921-1924. […]

Lenin’s Mausoleum in Moscow

Lenin’s Mausoleum/Мавзолей В.И. Ленина Красная площадь, Moscow Open Daily 10:00 am-1:00pm Closed Fridays and Holidays Admission is Free Lenin.ru Vladimir Illyich Lenin is a giant of recent Russian History. Outsiders attempt to describe his meaning among Russians using spiritual leaders, historical figures, and mythology, and always these comparisons seem insufficient. Father of the revolution, champion […]

Fine Art Museum of A.S. Pushkin

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts/ Государственный Музей Изобразительных Искусств Имени А.С. Пушкин Москва, Волхонка, 10, 12, 14 Hours of Operation Vary, see website for details All are closed on Mondays, Bldg 10 also closed Tuesdays 150 rubles (with student ID) at each location Arts-museum.ru This museum is not related to the famous Russian […]

Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Moscow Museum of Modern Art/ Московский Музей Современного Искусства 5 locations-see website for details Friday-Wednesday open 12:00-8:00pm, Thursdays 1:00-9:00pm 100 rubles with student ID http://www.mmoma.ru This MMOMA is a group of museums that house a range of contemporary artists and installations. This art is from the entire second half of the 20th century forward. Some […]

Tretyakov Gallery: A Russian Classic in Moscow

The State Tretyakov Gallery/ Государственная Третьяковская Галерия Лаврушинский пер., 10, Moscow Open Thursday and Friday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Closed Mondays All other days: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm 200 rubles with student ID; Photography 250 rubles, strictly enforced www.tretyakovgallery.ru The Tretyakov Art Gallery eclipses all other art museums in Moscow. It was given […]

10 Must-See Masterpieces at the Tretyakov Gallery

The Tretyakov in Moscow is one of Russia’s – and the world’s – foremost art galleries. Founded by Russian tsarist-era industrialist and entrepreneur Pavel Tretyakov, the museum now displays some of staples of Russian and Soviet classic art. AdMe.ru, a Russian site dedicated to Russian popular culture and advertising, dug through the art museum’s collection […]

The Viktor Tsoi Graffiti Wall in Moscow

Coming across the graffiti wall at the corner of Stary Arbat and Krivoarbatskaya Lane last summer, I took a few pictures, and didn’t think about it much more than that, except that I was surprised to see such elaborate work in such a public place. So when I visited the same place, and saw that […]

The Tsoi Graffiti Wall on Stary Arbat

The Viktor Tsoi Memorial Graffiti Wall Stary Arbat and Krivoarbatskaya Lane Landmark – Never Closes; Free Coming across the graffiti wall on Stary Arbat last summer, I took a few pictures, and didn’t think about it much more than that, except that I was surprised to see such elaborate work in such a public place. […]

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

The Tchaikovsky Concert Hall/ Концертный Зал П.И. Чайковского улица Тверская, 31/4 Ticket Office Hours: 9:00am-8:00pm, Most performances start at 7:00pm Tickets range 1000-3500 rubles Student tickets from 200 rubles Meloman.ru If you’re new to the culture, you’ll soon see that Russians take performance very seriously. Whether it’s orchestra, opera, ballet, or theater, you owe it […]

A Cosmic Opportunity – The Moscow Planetarium

The Moscow Planetarium/Планетарий Москвы Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya ulitsa, 5, Moscow Open 10:00-21:00, Closed Tuesdays Tickets range from 450 rubles-700 rubles Planetarium-moscow.ru The Moscow Planetarium is an exciting experience for anyone with an interest in science and the stars. It features many exhibits and has separate museums and interactive halls. There you can see physical representations of how […]

Coming Soon: The Moscow Ring Railway

The Village is a Russian-language publication in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kiev that seeks to inform locals about their various cities, upcoming events, urban changes, and history. One of the truely exciting things occurring in Russia today is the amount of infrastructure projects currently underway – long-distance railways, roads, and major changes to public transportation in many cities. This article […]

Chaikovsky Museum in Moscow

Музей П.И. Чайковского / P.I. Chaikovsky Museum м. Баррикадная Кудринская пл. 46/54 Click here for website (495) 691-1514 The Chaikovsky Museum is part of a complex of museums in Moscow dedicated to Russian musical greats. This network consists of several small “house-museums” (дом-музей) situated in the former residences of luminaries like Sergei Prokofiev, Fydor Shalyapin, […]

Autoville Culture Center in Moscow

Автовилль культурный центр / Autoville Culture Center Ул. Усачева, д. 2, стр. 1 Metro: Frunzenskaya 495-705-98-81 www.autoville.ru One thing that Russian cities tend to have in abundance is museums, and Moscow, not surprisingly, is loaded with them. Of course the heavyweights—the Tretyakov, Pushkin, Museum of Modern Art—get the lion’s share of visitors, but there are […]

The Moscow Zoo

Московский зоопарк /Moscow Zoo Москва, Большая Грузинская, 1 Tel.: +7 (499) 255-53-75, (499) 252-35-80, (499) 766-74-12. Fax: +7 (495) 605-17-17 Hours: Tuesday–Sunday (Closed Mondays) In summer from 10:00 to 20:00 In winter from 10:00 to 17:00 Adults over 18 – 300 rubles Children under 18, students, etc. – Free Admission www.moscowzoo.ru The Московский зоопарк (Moscow […]

Marat Gelman

hMarat Gelman was born in Chisinau, Moldova on 24 December 1960, the son of Soviet dramatist Alexander Gelman. As a youth, he danced in “Zhok,” a Moldovan folk ensemble, and entered the Moscow Electrotechnical Institute of Communications in 1977, during which time he worked in a number of Moscow theatres, including the Mayakovsky Theatre. He […]

Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow

Новодевичье Кладбище/ Novodevichy Cemetery Лужнецкий пр., метро Спортивная 9am-5pm Admission free Novodevichy Cemetery is one of my favorite places in Moscow, and what luck that it is absolutely free to visit! I have personally been there three times during my two stays in the city. Located next to Novodevichy Monastery, the this cemetery is the […]

The Muzeon and Art Market

Across the street from Gorky Park, on the territory of the New Tretyakov Gallery and the Central House of Artists lies Sculpture Park, which is known as “Muzeon” to locals. It is most famous as a graveyard of Soviet era statues, but also contains much modern art and several themed, sculpted landscapes all in an […]

Burganov Museum

Once the workshop of one of Moscow’s most famous modern sculptors, the Burganov Museum is one of the few Moscow museums dedicated to the work of a living artist. First and foremost a workshop, the museum is constantly changing and holds the works of Burganov, his wife, son, and friends. Alexander Burganov is perhaps best […]

Vasnetsov House-Museum

Situated between rows of high-rises and block apartment buildings stands a charming wooden house that was the home of one of Russia’s most famous artists. Victor M. Vasnetsov (1848-1926) created genre, historical, and religious art. His house reflects this and most items are either inspired by or made by the artist. The small, green-and-white house is […]

Winzavod

By Hannah Chapman Hannah Chapman is majoring in Russian Studies, International Business, and Political Science at Stetson University. She spent spring semester, 2009 studying abroad with The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) in Moscow on the Translate Abroad Program. Once a winery and now an art center, Winzavod spans seven buildings that total 20,000 sq. m. (215,000 […]

Roerich Museum

Dedicated to the works and ideas of the Nicholas Roerich and his family, the International Centre of the Roerichs stands out from its famous neighbors (it’s next to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts) in both style and philosophy. Roerich was a widely-travelled painter and free thinker in the artistically and politically turbulent first half […]

Palace of the Boyars Romanov

By Hannah Chapman Hannah Chapman is majoring in Russian Studies, International Business, and Political Science at Stetson University. She spent spring semester, 2009 studying abroad with The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) in Moscow on the Translate Abroad Program. Five minutes away from Red Square, between a few small churches, stands the old palace of the […]

Faith Seim: The Drama of Russia

Faith Seim, after studying at for an academic year (1999-2000) at Moscow State University with SRAS, applied to and was accepted to study film direction at the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). She eventually went on to work in the studios of RAMKO/Russian-American Movie Company, a Moscow-based film company specializing in producing films “for the international market” and […]

Moscow’s Modern Dance Movements

In Moscow, a close community of performers and dancers exists that examines and explore body movement. Some choreographers define their work as “modern dance,” while others call their art “nonverbal dramatic theater.” Some choreographers and dancers attempt to avoid definition all together, explaining their art more loosely with terms like “total body movement,” “improvisation,” “free […]

Susanna Weygandt: GITIS Attendee

Susanna Weygandt is an acting student at Bryn Mawr College who is studying currently at GITIS. SRAS: Introduce yourself to us, what is your background and what are your future plans? Susanna: I started taking Russian at Bryn Mawr College in fall of 2002. I studied one summer in Vladimir with another program after my […]

The Children of Russian Censorship: Censorship at the Bolshoi Theatre

A member of the State Duma has decried the Bolshoi Theatre’s latest opera, The Children of Rosenthal, as “pornography.” Now, for the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union, the government is openly considering censoring the Russian stage. Furthermore, this is part of a larger movement by Russian conservatives to bring censorship back to […]

Amanda Rae Jones: MXAT American Studio Graduate

Amanda Rae Jones is a graduate of the “American Studio” acting program offered through the Moscow Art Theatre (MXAT). The program remains prestigious even after almost a century of existence. The theatre itself was home to Konstantin Stanislavski, whose theories of acting, the first in their time to fully integrate psychology and social sciences into […]

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