The Moscow Planetarium is the largest in Europe, though many citizens remember it being constantly closed for technical work. The newly reconstructed space complex consists of a theme park, entertainment complex with 4D cinema, theatre, 3d installation halls, theatre and concert hall, and an observation laboratory.
The center also provides its visitors with moon observation tours free of charge, as well as live performances and international art exhibitions.
Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya 5 Entrance prices start at 450 rubles.
THE “Mosquarium” Oceanarium
Operating hours Mon-Sun 10 am – 10 pm. Address Prospect Mira 23 Entrance prices start at 600 rubles.
The Moscow Zoo
The Moscow Zoo, which was founded in 1864, boasts a classical arrangement of space and cages http://moscowzoo.su/. Its story is filled with exciting and touching details. For example, when the center was in need of money (which happened several times), its workers took some of the animals home with them so that they could be with them 24/7. And during the Second World War the zoo was extremely popular. At that time, 6,000,000 people visited the zoo in just four years.
One crocodile was dispatched to the zoo in 1945… from Germany! It is still alive and is named Saturn, but is more often referred to as the ‘Hitler’ crocodile.
The zoo is now home to 8,000 animals. The entrance fee for adults is 400 rubles. Entrance is free for kids younger than 17.Operating hours: 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
The Cat Theatre of Kuklachev
The Cat Theatre of Kuklachev troupe, which is well received all over the world, is deeply involved in the world of cats, and has a cat corner, games and of course the main attraction – the show!
Though using animals onstage raises ethical questions, the shows are well directed with highly professional smiling clowns and artists. It is not an amateur show, but always combines artistic storytelling with different characters. On their official webpage http://www.kuklachev.ru/eng/ you can preorder tickets and the operator will call you back to make a reservation. It is strongly advised that you not try to pay via the internet page; it is best to pay cash right in the theatre. They also offer lots of different merchandise, even from the stage, and the cafe is cheap with basic drinks and cakes (unfortunately kids’ cuisine is not provided).
A new oceanarium with a total area of 10,000 m2 opened in December at the Crocus City Mall.The 3-floor centre presents 2,000 different species of fish, 500 species of mammals and 300 types of insects.
The Tsaritsyno Museum and conservation park in southern Moscow offers something for everyone. Green zone, wooded areas, national museum and greenhouses? Tick.
Picturesque palaces and pergolas? Here they are! Their styles are different, but original, and will appeal to architecture buffs with their elements of Old Russian, western European Middle Ages and the Renaissance period. A special musical fountain that is lit up in color, as well as history-oriented exhibition pavilions are other popular attractions. Though it is officially a green conservation park, its main theme is Russian history in architecture, archeology and the arts.
There are also those who come here to play badminton in the morning. If you’re looking for something else to fill the time, electrocar tours are available, and classes, exhibitions and concerts are held regularly. Unfortunately this does mean that it is very crowded at times. We advise visiting in the morning, and traveling by metro (the parking area is not big enough and it is a challenge to park near almost any of the big parks in the city).
The ‘Experimentarium’ Museum
The ‘Experimentarium’ Museum is a 100% hands-on interactive laboratory for kids and adults. The colorful, engaging demonstrations and real-time experiments provide great explanations for nature’s complicated processes and phenomena. The exhibit also explores architecture and building basics and rules. It contains an education center, and provides a stage for science shows and marathons. A free summer ticket (available on particular days), can be a nice bonus. English-speaking guides are available for groups with a minimum total fee of 4,500 rubles (check the link below).
“Panda Park” (in Summer)
“Panda Park” looks like a 100% kids’ venue, but it is actually common to hear about teenagers and adults meeting up with friends, or even celebrating their birthdays there. It is now the highest route park in Moscow. The safest route is for kids; adults can choose routes with 8, 10 or 11 obstacles on the way. Kids’ routes for beginners can be completed in just 15 minutes. With a birthday certificate, all the ‘Panda’ adventures are free of charge.
Operating hours 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Prices start at 250 rubles.
Bagrationovskaya subway station
Tsaritsyno subway station
Leninsky Prospect subway station
Sokolniki subway station
Altufievo subway station
Mitino subway station
The “Mars-Tefo” Cosmic Center
The interactive cosmic play center at the VDNKh complex can get lost among the other mini-museums, but has one significant advantage: it is visually packed with information about the exploration of Mars, and not in a boring or overly scholarly way. Mars comes alive by means of mini-models, pictures and an interactive flying plate attraction. The observation walk takes approximately 40 minutes, or you can skip the walk and head straight for the flying-spinning-trembling plate. Kids love it here, and on weekends its small corridors can be crowded. Please note that a prior reservation is required to gain access to the center. There are English-speaking guides. Operating hours 11 am – 7 pm. The entrance fee is 500 rubles( not including the “Plate” attraction).
The Museum of Illusions
The Museum of Illusions could easily be called the ‘Museum for selfie-lovers.’ Great background scenes are provided, including a magic garden, city rooftops, a giant animal zoo, and so on. The city’s two illusion centers do not provide tours (check the link below); there are just cameras flashing all over the place. To maximize the time spent at the museum, and minimize the time wasted in the queue, it is best to arrive early and avoid visiting on weekends. One more tip: the lighting is very bright, so some figures could be overexposed on your photos. You may wish to use any available settings on your camera to prevent this.
Address VDNKh, Prospekt Mira, 119, Pavilion No. 55 Operating hours from 10:00 to 19:00 weekdays;from 10:00 to 20:00 weekends and holidays. Entrance fee is 350 rubles.