Museums - Museums in Russia are plentiful.
With so many years of history, it's easy to see why
they are so plentiful. The different types of museums
cover the gamut for anyone's interests. There's history,
archaeology, art and science just for starters. And
there are many smaller museums with more specific
State History Museum - located at
the north end of Red Square, the museum has an impressive
collection from the Stone Age on. The building was
built in the late 19th century and is an attraction
in itself. Each room is in the style of a different
period or region.
Archaeological Museum - is at the base floor of the Hotel Moskva, facing the square. An excavation of the Voskarsky Bridge uncovered coins, clothing, and other artifacts now in the museum.
Moscow City History Museum - it's tiny, but shows how the city spread from the starting point at the Kremlin.
Polytechnical Musesm - huge museum located across the street from the Moscow City History museum. It covers the history of Russian science, technology, and industry.
Chambers in Zaryardie Museum - it's a small but interesting museum devoted to the lives of the Romanov family.
The Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art - is housed in a classical 18th century merchant's home. It contains all kinds of 20th century paintings, sculptures, and graphics. A sculpture garden is in the courtyard.
Contemporary History Museum - provides a background of Soviet history from 1905 up to the 1917 revolution, to the 1980's. The highlight is an extensive collection of propaganda posters in addition to Bolshevik paraphernalia.