Russia My History - Historical Park
Part of Moscow’s vast All-Russian Exhibition Center (VDNK), the Russia – My History historical park chronicles some of the key moments in Russia’s history through an innovative series of interactive exhibits and multimedia installations. Organized throughout the country by the government and the Russian Orthodox Church, the exhibit offers a nationalistic view of historical events and figures.
Permanent exhibitions focus on three significant periods in Russia’s history. “The Rurikovich Dynasty” looks at early Russia from the ninth century through medieval times, while “The Romanovs” follows on from the 17th century until the Russian Revolution. The final exhibition deals with “The 20th Century,” chronicling the events of the Second World War and the Soviet era. All three exhibitions are in-depth, so for a comprehensive visit, allow over an hour per exhibition.
Things to Know Before You Go
Single-entry tickets are available for either the Rurikovich or Romanov exhibition and include access to the 20th-century exhibition. Children under 18 get in free.
Exhibitions are in Russian only; audio guides are available in English.
There is a café and gift shop at the museum.
The exhibitions are wheelchair-accessible.
How to Get There
The Russia – My History historical park is part of the All-Russian Exhibition Center, located in the Ostankinsky District in the north of Moscow. The closest metro station is VDNK, from which it’s about a 25-minute walk.
When to Get There
The Russia – My History exhibits are open daily, except for Mondays, from midmorning to night. Most visitors spend at least an hour touring the exhibits.
All-Russian Exhibition Center
Designed as a permanent trade show with dozens of pavilions and more than 150 exhibition areas, the All-Russian Exhibition Center was opened in 1939 as a showcase for the achievements of the USSR. Today, the site is home to a huge number of historic sites, museums, and monuments such as the Vladimir Lenin Monument and the People’s Friendship Fountain, as well as amusement rides and attractions.
- Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines
- Sky Town
- Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics
- Ostankino TV Tower
- Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
- Gulag History Museum
- Hermitage Garden
- Tverskaya Street (Ulitsa Tverskaya)
- Sandunovsky Baths (Sandunovskiye Bani)
- Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre
- Trampoline Park NEBO
- Bolshoi Theatre
- Moscow Zoo (Moskovskiy Zoopark)
- Revolution Square (Ploshchad Revolyutsii)
- GUM Department Store