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Museum of Cosmonautics
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Ranked #37 of 2,608 things to do in Moscow
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Monument to the Conquerors of Space was erected at Prospekt Mira in Moscow. This outstanding city landmark has been jointly designed by architects Michail Barsh and Andrey Kolchin, and sculptor Andrey Faydish-Krandiyevskiy. September 28th, 1967 Soviet government initiates founding of the Museum of Cosmonautics at the foot of the Monument to the Conquerors of Space to commemorate nation's achievements in space exploration. The Museum of Cosmonautics opens its doors to public on April 10th, 1981, 20th Anniversary of the first manned space flight. Museum exposition gives a retrospect on how Soviet space science evolved starting from first man-made satellites subsequently followed by the first manned space flight, first space walks, Moon exploration programs, Solar system exploration programs and international space research programs. Intricate interior design and unusual exposition altogether created a unique individuality of the Museum. However, new times set new standards. 25 years since its first opening the Museum has been closed down for a massive renovation. Now the Museum shows all the newly accumulated information and latest technologies.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

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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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Here is a well presented encompassing history of Russia in Space. Sputnik, Gagarin, lunar rovers , all here . This really displays what a creative inventive country this is but , and its a big BUT why oh why are there not more signs in English . There is much to proud of here so tell us, and as English is a linga franca it is worth making the effort.

Thank Adam S
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Having just been to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC the Museum if Cosmonautics was a must during our trip to Moscow. And although the comparison with the UC Counterpart is a bit unfair (probably 5% of the exhibition space, and most exhibits on display being mockups) it is a nice museum with an impressive monument nearby. Two of the highlights are an original Soyus re-entry capsule and the original spacesuit of Michael Collins.

Thank Stefan H
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The museum tells the story of Russion space exploration.
It is focused on the last twenty years of exploration. I would like it more if it was more focused on early space exploration. There are only two boxes dedicated to Laika and that is a shame. Also the part dedicated to Gagarin is too small for a man who was the first one in space. I expeced more of the story of these 1950s and 1960s space exploration.
There is a small restaurant with fast food there, too.

Thank Goran A
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Great place! So much to learn. It also has annotation in English about all objects. This gives a great perspective from Russian point of view about all main achievements. I didn’t know Russia had already 121 cosmonauts who been in space since Yurij Gagarin

Thank irina j
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