How to explore Moscow museums for free?

The Russian capital has a lot to offer, including museums, that you can explore for days. It is not a secret, that entrance to museums in Moscow is rather expensive, however, any museum was designed to be open to everyone, without regard to their financial status. So there are some days and even a night a year when everyone can visit most Moscow museums for free.

The Museum Night is an event in which participating most of museums across the country. It is held annually in mid-May, usually at night from Saturday to Sunday.

Another case where everyone can visit Moscow museums for free is Moscow City Days which are traditionally celebrated during the first weekend of September. Over 60 Moscow museums offer free admission, however, many of them have shorter operating hours during these days.  

Night of Art is another event when visitors can go to some Moscow museums for free. Various cultural institution of Moscow including museums, libraries, theatres, and exhibition halls will offers their visitors extensive cultural program. It is held annually on first Tuesday of November.

Besides, during New Year’s holidays museums offer free admission to all.

Moscow Museum Week is held on every third week of the month. One museum on one day of the week. On these special days the number of visitors is greater than on other days of the year. So be prepared for queues ecpesially on weekends.

It should be noted, that open museum day is carried out only by the museums that are under control of City Department of Culture. While the museums of the federal level (eg, Tretyakov Gallery) don’t participate in this initiative. However, Tretyakov Gallegy and Pushkin museum of fine arts sometimes offer free admission to all visitors on Night of Art, Museum Night and during the days of Historical and Cultural Heritage of Moscow (mid-April).

Please check the Moscow Events page for the exact dates of Night of Art, Museum Night, days of Historical and Cultural Heritage of Moscow, Moscow City Days and New Year’s holidays.

Here is the schedule of “Free days 2022”:
January 10-16
February 14-20
March 14-20
April 11-16
May 9-15
June 13-19
July 11-17
August 15-21
September 9-15
October 10-16
November 14-20
December 12-18

Each museum is open on a specific day!

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