The Museum of Cosmonautics (Kosmo Museum) is located in a large park dedicated to The Monument to the Conquerors of Space. There are many busts of space pioneers and a statue of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky who was the father of Soviet space program. At the centre of the museum is a very high needle-like sculpture topped with a rocket. This sculpture made this museum a landmark visible from far away. It is closed on every Monday.
The museum can be crowded and noisy when groups of school children were visiting. Fortunately, they were well-behaved and their guides kept them relatively orderly. There are many types of tickets but I would recommend purchasing entrance ticket and audio-guide. The photo and video passes are optional. Personally I find the Buran-2 interactive simulation ride not very informative nor exciting.
This museum was dedicated to the history of space exploration and it did a very good job at it. Most of the exhibits did not have English text so I found the audio-guide very helpful. The displays were exhibited in chronological order starting with a bit of history and basic science; early rockets and satellites. The story of poor Laika, the first animal in orbit; the success story of the 2 dogs returned from outer space to story of the celebrated Yuri Gagarin were all displayed here.
The next section was dedicated to the men and women behind the Soviet space program especially Sergey Korolev. The next hall was dedicated to static display of replicas of satellites, rockets, space capsules, landing rovers and equipment. The original spacesuit of Michael Collins (fellow astronaut of the more famous Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin) was also on display.
The remaining section featured current spaceships, the International Space Station as well as modern rockets of other countries.
This is a highly recommended museum to tell the other side of the fascinating history of the race to space during the Cold War.
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