Moscow: 3 Hidden Museums
The Moscow Underground City consists not only of tunnels and catacombs, but streets, small shops, squares and parking zones. Strategically located soviet era bunkers have become museums, some of which amuse their visitors with their huge spaces and integrated devices, while others are “real” museums with halls and exhibitions.
Stalin’s luxurious bunker houses a conference hall, a conference room, an office, a resting room, the General’s office, supply rooms and a refectory. Stalin worked there, and regarded it as a temporary residence during the Second World War. It is conveniently located just 17 kilometers (about 10.5 miles) from the Kremlin, which can be reached at any time via an underground tunnel.
Opening hours and excursions – by appointment. Address: Sovetskaya Street 80/1 The bunker is still well hidden, with no external signage.
“Sportivnaya” -The Museum of Subway
This small, cozy museum maintains the spirit of the subway, while describing and illustrating some of its hidden secrets. As it is not well publicized, it is often empty. A true hidden gem!
Operating hours: Mon – с 10.00 – 16.30; Tue -Thu – с 9.00 – 16.30; Fri – с 9.00 – 15.00; The museum is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
For individual visitors the entrance is free.
The Worker and Kolkhoz Woman Exhibition Center opened in September 2010 inside a new basement of the legendary sculpture by Vera Mukhina, ‘Worker and Kolkhoz Woman’. Today, the pavilion is part of the Manege Museum and Exhibition Association, carrying out a varied exhibition program spanning applied arts and socialist realism to contemporary projects and photography.
Operating hours Tue-Sun 12.00-21.00 Monday is a day off. Address Prospect Mira 123B Ticket prices: adults – 250 rubles.