Central Armed Forces Museum of Russian Federation

Central Armed Forces Museum of Russian Federation, Moscow

Central Armed Forces Museum of Russian Federation

Central Armed Forces Museum of Russian Federation
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Meshchanskiy
How to get there
  • Dostoyevskaya • 6 min walk
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Takarasina
571 contributions
Damn good!
Feb 2021
Other reviews describe the place fairly, accurately and up-to-the-point. I'd only add that in these covid times it is open and can be visited without any limitations. Just put on a mask (but only at the entrance - when inside no-one gives a damn).
Yes, signs are in Russian only but audio guides make your tour pleasant, informative and problem-free. I read in one review that their material sounds "too patriotic". Well, we Russians are proud of our victories. What's wrong with this?
We visited it in February. Me, my son and two of my grandchildren, both boys, 7 and 5 years old. They were thrilled. It's worth mentioning that there's a special interactive hall there where kids can try on a real ancient helmet or a chainmail or a shako from Napoleonic times or a headdress with a hackle or take in their arms an authentic sabre or a machine gun. Little puppies just can't be talked off this meat truck!
Recommended!
Written 28 February 2021
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David H
1 contribution
Our trip to Moscow Russia
Aug 2019
My wife and I visited Moscow in September/October 2002. We stayed in the hotel across from the Kremlin - I can't remember the name of it right now. We were there to adopt a little girl. While there our total experience in Moscow was awesome. We visited the military museum and ate at many different restaurants. Our experience there was one that will never be forgotten. The people were quite friendly and there was plenty to do there that was very educational. If you ever get a chance to visit, I strongly recommend it.

Our trip was in 2002, there is no selection earlier than 2019
Written 3 July 2020
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dgjohansson
Ronneby, Sweden1 476 contributions
A lot of military history
Dec 2019
A bit hard to rate this museum since you probably either love it or are not interested in military history, and then hate it. But there is a grey area here since if you like military history, you also might either feel underwhelmed or overwhelmed. While the museum has a good mix of display cases with stuff in, they also have a lot of full-size dioramas. If you don't speak or read Russian, you must get the audioguide since there are no signs in English at all. The audio guide is very good if you just want an overview of the most important things in a room, but there is no option to get more information about a specific item not mentioned in the guide. That's why you either will be over- or underwhelmed depending on your interests. Also, the audioguide speaks about each room and directs you by the narrator where to go within a room, so jumping ahead is not possible. You'll have to listen or fast-forward the narrator within each room. Every room is a new track. There are about 24 rooms, each with a specific era or time period as a theme. A lot of rooms about WW2, but not so much about the war campaigns itself, but more about happenings before and after. Some very interesting Nazi artifacts are displayed, taken from Berlin for instance. Unfortunately, they have chosen to put them in red light (easy to spot the "enemy things") which makes them hard to see. Colors are disappearing or changed in the red light. Outside, there is a crowded display of Russian airplanes, tanks, missiles, and even a ship, but they are put very close together which makes it hard to get a really good look. Except for the boat, there are no ramps or anything making it possible to see the things from any view besides the front (more or less). Still very interesting. Also, there are only Russian things - no conquered Nazi tanks or planes or anything like that. The audioguide also speaks about several objects within each stopping point instead of giving each item a number of itself. There is a small cafe inside with fair enough food. As usual, you are not allowed to carry a backpack, outer clothes or anything like that. There are free lockers to lock away your backpack and smaller bags while clothes must be left at the wardrobe service in the basement (also free). The exit to the outside passes the wardrobe and makes it possible to dress on again before heading outside. You'll also need to put something as a deposit when getting the audio guide. Passport, 1000 Rub or Id-card will do. The only two only downsides of this place were the souvenir shops which only contained plastic toys, some medals, and some basic Russian things/shirts and such. No posters, no old Soviet replicas and things easy to take home. The second thing was that the audio guide lost its objectivity for each room you passed, becoming more and more patriotic the closer you came to the current time, that in the end, it became ridiculous. Keep that in mind and you can still enjoy this place as much as I did. The audio guide will entertain you about 2-3h, so I recommend you to stay here for 4-5h.
Written 13 January 2020
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Clint S
Las Vegas, NV156 contributions
Different expectations
Oct 2019 • Solo
The museum illustrates the past 200 or so years worth of the russian armed forces.

It is nice but maybe after visiting the victory museum this seemed a cheaper alternative even though they target different aspects. However it did have some unique items on display like the U2 wreck and tons of nazi's emblems and banners.

I liked way more the outdoor collections of tanks, missiles and planes.

The text is only in russian but you can rent an audio guide in english to accompany you.
However for 250 rub it is still very worthed

It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Written 2 October 2019
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Tom
5 contributions
No impressive collection
Jul 2019
Almost dominated by too many photos of ordinary soldiers while few real historic interesting items are displayed.
Written 4 September 2019
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Sallyanne T
Morwell, Australia240 contributions
Many exhibits
Aug 2019 • Couples
Much bigger than we expected, took us well over 2 hours to explore. Great exhibits from early Russian wars to modern day. Outside a fabulous array of tanks, aircraft and missiles. Inside displays of weaponry, uniformes, photos and other artifacts. Only negative was that all written information was in Russian. Very reasonably priced ticket. Close to Dostoyevskaya Metro station for ease of getting to and from.
Written 21 August 2019
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sunsun69s
Hong Kong, China417 contributions
Lots of exhibits showing the tenacity of Russian people
Apr 2019 • Solo
The museum is located near the grand theatre for Russian Army (or forces).

There were many incumbent and cadet officers patronizing the museum when I was there. Tried to take photos of one of the officers but was "quite politely" asked to delete them.

The museum offers a great collection of stuff and war gears used in the WWII. Most interesting being the MAIN hall showing the "iron crosses" and the large NAZI eagle the Soviet forces "collected" after ending the gruelling war in Berlin.

Also highly recommending the gift shop which sells cheaper-than-market t-shirts, Soviet badges and other souvenirs.

I even experienced the army style luncheon without knowing what's on the menu. Well, actually it came with Berry Juice + fish soup + entrée (with Russian bread). All for USD6.
Written 7 July 2019
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Prado 150
Hobart, Australia250 contributions
Military buffs will love this!
May 2019 • Couples
The Central Armed Forces Museum in Moscow is one of those essential attractions for anyone who has an interest in military history. Its located in the suburbs and the Moscow Metro gets you most of the way there, with a short walk afterwards. The displays are gallery based inside along with various equipment on display outside. My wife usually has to suffer my indulgences here for visiting military museums, but even she found this one very interesting. Some great displays, especially inside, and some really interesting items. Lots of the descriptions are in Russian, but everyone we asked for info was extremely helpful, even if the language barrier got in the way sometimes! Recommended.
Written 6 June 2019
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645gaylem
140 contributions
Thought-out
Apr 2019 • Couples
The museum is put together well and the Nazi “trophy” room will give you chills when you think about the cruelty of this group being smothered. However do note English speaking tourists: nothing is in English nor does the staff speak any English as well.
Written 14 April 2019
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869Kelly
Birmingham, AL227 contributions
A must see if you have studied WWII
Apr 2019 • Couples
This museum is outstanding. Entrance fee is very low, I think we paid 500 rubles for two people. If nothing else, it is worth visiting just to see the captured Nazi paraphernalia. They have the standard for the Adoft Hitler division on display. Definitely a must see!
Written 13 April 2019
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