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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.

Moscow museums for freeThe 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 2021”:
September 13-29
October 11-17
November 15-21
December 13-19

Each museum is open on a specific day!


Museum of Heroes of the Soviet Union and Russia

Address: Bolshaya Cheryomushkinskaya str., 24, bld 3.
The nearest metro station is “Akademicheskaya”.
Opening hours: The museum is open daily (except Friday) from 10:00 to 18:00, on Thursday is from 10:00 to 21:00.
The museum is closed on Friday and the last Thursday of each month.

Museum Battle of Borodino

Address: 38/2, Kutuzov Avenuest. (Rus: ул. Кутузовский проспект, д. 38, стр. 2)

Museum website


Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Address: 25, Petrovka st. (Rus: ул. Петровка, д. 25).

Multimedia Art Museum

Museum’s collection currently consists of over 80 thousand prints and negatives, representing all photographic techniques: from the earliest daguerreotypes of the mid-19 century, ferrotypes and ambrotypes to the newest digital technologies.

Address: 16, Ostozhenka st. (Rus: ул. Остоженка, д. 16).

Equipped for people with disabilities

Museum website

The State Museum of GULAG History

The exhibition is dedicated to the history of the rise, development and fall of the Soviet labor camp system and its political, administrative and economic role.

Address: 9/1, 1st Samotyochniy lane (Rus: 1-й Самотечный пер., д.9, стр.1).

Museum website

Museum and Park Complex Northern Tushino (Navy Museum)

Address: 52, Svobody str. (Rus: Ул. Свободы, д. 52)

Garden Ring Museum

Address: 14, prospekt Mira, str 10 (Rus: ул. проспект Мира, д. 14, стр.10)

Fashion Museum

Address: 13, proezd Sarinskiy (Rus: ул. Саринский пр-д, 13,)


The Museum of Russian Harmonica by A. Mirek
Address: 2nd Tverskaya-Yamskaya str., 18
Since 2017, the Alfred Mirek Museum of Russian Harmonica has been a branch of the A. N. Scriabin Memorial Museum of the State Budgetary Institution of Moscow.

State Museum of V.V. Mayakovsky

Address:36/1,apt.24, Krasnaya Presnya, (Rus: ул. Красная Пресня, д. 36, стр. 1, кв. 24)

Museum website (Russian language)

T-34 Tank History Museum

The exhibits demonstrate the process of the T-34 creation, introduce visitors to the people who designed the legendary tank and whose names were kept secret for many years.

Address: Sholokhovo Village 89A (деревня Шолохово, дом 89А)

Equipped for people with disabilities

Museum website


The museum collection includes classical and modern sculptures. Its founder Alexander Bourganov is a gifted contemporary artist, the Full Member of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts, Doctor of the History of Art.

Besides, the museum offers free admission on the international museum day and on Museum Night.

Address: 15/9, Bolshoy Afanasyevsky lane (Rus: Большой Афанасьевский переулок, дом 15, стр. 9).

Museum website

State Memorial Museum of A.N. Scriabin

Address: 11, Bolshoi Nikolopeskovsky lane (Rus: Большой Николопесковский переулок, д. 11).

Museum website

The State Historical, Architectural, Art and Landscape Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno

Tsaritsyno is the largest museum-reserve, historical and cultural monument of Moscow which occupies the area of over 1,730 ac (700 hectares). Its heart is the largest palatial complex in Russia – the residence of Catherine the Great. Learn more about Tsaritsyno and how to get there.

Entrance to the park is free of charge

Address: 1, Dolskaya st. (Rus: ул. Дольская, д. 1).
Tsaritsyno website


V.S.Vysotsky State Cultural Center and Museum

The museum introduce visitors to the life and activities of Vladimir Vysotsky. Vladimir Semyonovich Vysotsky (1938 – 1980) was a Soviet singer-songwriter, poet, and actor.

Address: 3, Visotskogo str. (Rus: ул. Высотского, д. 3)

Museum website (Russian language)

State Biological Museum of Timiryazev

Address: 15, Small Georgian (Rus: ул. Малая Грузинская, д. 15)

Museum website

Gorky Park Museum

Moscow’s Gorky Park Museum is a combination of an outdoor public space and a history museum.The park’s Main Entrance gate incorporates Russian history and modern technology, such as Oculus Rift, to create an interactive experience.
Whether inside the Main Entrance arch or outside in the open air, the Gorky Park Museum is a visual spectacle. The grounds outside the arch contain fountains, sculptures and landscape art and the arch itself presents an excellent view from above which is not to be missed.

Address: Krymsky Val, 9

Museum website

Moscow State Museum S.A. Yesenina

Address: 21/2, st. Klyazminskaya, house (Rus: ул. Клязьминская, д. 21, корп. 2).

Museum website

State Darwin Museum

State Darwin Museum is:
– The largest museum of natural science that occupies 3 buildings with the total area more than 20 000 sq. m;
– Modern exposition illustrating different evolution processes (5 000 sq. m);
– Collections including about 400 000 exhibits;
– More than 50 exhibitions a year in exhibition halls with the total area about 1000 sq. m.

Address: Ulitsa Vavilova, 57

Museum website

The Kuskovo Estate

The Kuskovo estate  is an example of a typical 18th century Moscow residence. More than 20 unique monuments of architecture have been preserved including an Italian museum, a Dutch palace, a church, etc.

Address: 2, Yunosti st. (Rus: ул. Юности, д. 2).

Disabled people can currently visit: the Palace and the Grotto

Kuskovo website


A.S. Pushkin Memorial Apartment in Arbat Street

Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (1799 – 1837) is the greatest Russian poet who is considered to be the founder of modern Russian literature.

The exposition occupies the whole 2 floors of the old house. The premises of the first floor are used for the exposition “Pushkin and Moscow”. The 2nd floor is occupied by the memorial Pushkin chambers.

Address: 53, Arbat Str. (Rus: ул.  Арбат, д. 53).

Museum website (Russian language)

The Kolomenskoye estate

Kolomenskoye is a former residence of Moscow Grand Princes and Russian Tsars. The park has a lot to offer to visitors. The most remarkable landmark is the church of the Ascension built in 1532. Since 1994 it is on the list of the World heritage of UNESCO. Another “must see” attraction of the Kolomenskoye park is the Palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich, the great monument of Russian wooden architecture.

Entrance to the park is free of charge

Address: 39, Andropova ave. (Rus: проспект Андропова, д. 39).
Kolomenskoye website

State Exhibition Hall Ark

Address:12, Nemchinova, (Rus:ул. Немчинова 12)
Museum website (Russian language)

The Izmaylovo estate

It is a country residence of Russian Tsars which comprise the architectural monuments of the end XVII century. The main attraction is the forest, which is considered the largest green area of the city. The estate is located on the amazing island that was artificially created by the order of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich Romanov.

Address: 2/14, Gorodok imeni Baumana. (Rus: Городок имени Баумана, 2/14).

Izmaylovo website

The Lyublino estate

The Lublino estate is the monument of the palace and park art of the 18-19 centuries. The interiors of N. Durasov’s palace show everyday life of the estate, the culture and traditions of Russian nobility.

Address: 1/1, Letnyaya st. (Rus: ул. Летняя, д. 1, корп. 1).

Besides, the museum offers free admission on the days of Historical and Cultural Heritage of Moscow, on the international museum day, on Museum Night, and on Night of Art.

Lyublino website


Museum of Russian Lubok and naive art
Address:10, Maly Golovin Lane, (Rus:ул. Малый Головин переулок, 10)
Spoiler title
ALWAYS free of charge
State Exhibition Hall Museum of War in Afghanistan

The museum is dedicated to the War in Afghanistan.

Address: 12 1st Vladimirskaya Street, Block 1

Museum website (Russian language)


Ilya Glazunov's gallery

The gallery hosts works of Ilya Glazunov, contemporary Russian artist. Famous works: Russia the Eternal, The 20th Century Mystery, The Ruining of the Temple on Easter Night, illustrations to the works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Address: 13, Volkhonka st. (Rus: ул. Волхонка, д. 13)

Gallery website

House of Russian Abroad A. Solzhenitsyna

Address: 2, Nizhnyaya Radishchevskaya str. (Rus:ул. Нижняя Радищевская, д. 2)

Museum website

House-Museum of Marina Tsvetaeva

Address: 6, Borisoglebsky Lane (Rus: ул. Борисоглебский пер, д. 6. )

Museum website

The memorial museum of cosmonautics

The exhibits of the museum complex, with the help of modern technologies, demonstrate the history of space acchievements, based on scientific facts.

Besides, the museum offers free admission on the days of Historical and Cultural Heritage of Moscow, on the international museum day, and on the Museum Night.

Address: 111, Mira ave. (Rus: проспект Мира, д. 111)

Equipped for people with disabilities

Museum website

State Museum-Cultural Center Integration
Address: 14, Tverskaya st. (Rus: ул. Тверская, д. 14)

Gallery website

State Zelenograd Museum of History and Local Lore

Address:11-V, Z elenograd, st. Gogol (Rus: Зеленоград, ул. Гоголя, д.11-В)

Museum website

Moscow State art Gallery of A. Shilov

The gallery houses more than 900 works of Alexander Shilov, who painted portraits of the leaders of the Soviet Union and Russia including Leonid Brezhnev, Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin, etc.

Address: 5, Znamenka st. (Rus: ул. Знаменка, д. 5).

Equipped for people with disabilities

Gallery website (Russian language)

Moscow State Exhibition Hall NEW MANEGE

New Manege is a big exhibition hall where different types of expositions are being held.

Address: Georgievsky lane., 3/3. (Rus: Георгиевский переулок, 3/3).

Equipped for people with disabilities

New Manege website

The Museum of V.A. Tropinin and Contemporary Moscow Artists

The museum is a unique repository of Moscow artistic culture of XVIIIth-XIXth centuries. The exposition includes portraits, painting, graphics, applied art of the period.

Address: 10, Shcetininsky lane. (Rus: Щетининский переулок, д. 10)

Museum website

Moscow literary museum-center of Paustovsky

Address: 8, Kuzminskaya (Rus: ул. Кузьминская, 8 )

Museum website

Bulgakov Museum

The Bulgakov Museum in Moscow is a writer’s house museum which commemorates the life and work of author Mikhail Afanasyevich Bulgakov in an apartment where he lived in Moscow, Russia, and in which he set portions of his novel The Master and Margarita.

Besides, the museum offers free admission on the days of Historical and Cultural Heritage of Moscow, on the international museum day, on Museum Night, and on Night of Art.

Address: 10 Bolshaya Sadovaya Street (Rus: Большая Садовая улица, 10)

Museum website

Gogol's House - Memorial Museum and Science Library

Address: 7A, Nikitsky Boulevard (Rus: ул. Никитский бульвар, д. 7А. )

Museum website

Memorial House-Museum of Academician S. P. Korolev-branch of the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics
Museum Association Museum of Moscow

(all museums included in this association):
– Architectural complex “Proviantskie shops” – Zubovsky Boulevard, 2
– English courtyard – Varvarka str., 4a
– Museum of Archeology of Moscow – Manezhnaya Square, 1a
– Museum of History of Lefortovo-Kryukovskaya str., 23
– Gilyarovsky Center

The electric Museum
Address: Rostokinskaya str., 1
Museum website

The estate of Ded Moroz (Russian Santa Claus)
Address: Moscow, Volgogradsky Prospekt, bld 168D, Kuzminki metro station
Buran Museum Complex
Spoiler title
VDNH History Museum
Address: VDNH Metro station, arch of the main entrance to VDNH

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    1. russia

      Not sure there will be free admission to any museums on August 10-13. The closest “free days” are August 12-18

    1. admin

      We updated the information.
      The free museum days in july & august 2017:
      – July 16
      – August 20

      In September some museums will be open free of charge on 17th (3rd Sunday) and during the moscow city days, 9-10th.


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