Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics

A museum in Moscow, Russia, dedicated to space exploration

Moscow Museum of Cosmonautics
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It is located within the base of the Monument to the Conquerors of Space in the north-east of the city.

Moscow Museum of Cosmonautics
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The museum contains a wide variety of Soviet and Russian space-related exhibits and models which explore the history of flight; astronomy; space exploration; space technology; and space in the arts.

Soviet Krechet spacesuit.
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According to the Russian tourist board, the museum's collection holds approximately 85,000 different items, primarily from the Soviet period, and receives approximately 300,000 visitors yearly.

History

Though the space monument's tower was erected in 1964, the memorial museum did not exist for another seventeen years.

Opening ceremonies took place on April 10, 1981, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the day Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the Earth in space.

Soviet moonrover Lunokhod (Луноход).
pinterest button Soviet moonrover Lunokhod Petar Milošević, GNU 1.2

The museum primarily focuses on the Soviet space program with major themes like Gagarin, Sergey Korolyov, Sputnik and Soyuz.

Renovation

On Cosmonautics Day, 2009, the museum was reopened after three years of reconstruction.

It has virtually tripled its original size and has added new sections dedicated to space programs worldwide, including the USA, Europe, China and the ISS.

Space capsule used by Yuri Gagarin.
pinterest button Space capsule used by Yuri Gagarin Allan Lee, CC BY 2.0

The museum now features original interactive exhibits, as well as a refurbished promenade, the sculpture-lined Cosmonauts Alley which connects the museum to the Moscow metro.

The museum is a favourite of students worldwide and a primary tourist attraction of the city.

Useful Information

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics (also known as the Memorial Museum of Astronautics (in American) or Memorial Museum of Space Exploration

Admission

RR 200

Opening hours

  • Tue, Wed, Fri-Sun: 10 AM — 7 PM. Thu: 10 AM — 9 PM. Museum is closed on Mondays.

Contacts

29515, Москва, метро ВДНХ, проспект Мира, 111

☎ +7 495 683-79-68 +7 495 682-57-60
www.kosmo-museum.ru

Getting there

The Museum of Cosmonautics, 111 Prospekt Mira, VDNKh subway station, Moscow, Russia

If going from downtown exit the train from the first car (direction of the train), after exiting the station turn left. The Museum is located in the ground of The Monument to the Conquerors of Space.