|Historical State Museum of Moscow
/ March 4 - 12, 2014 / Florence,Palazzo Coppini, proud member of Life Beyond Tourism®
The State Historical Museum is situated in the heart of Moscow, in Red Square. It is a symbol of Moscow like the Kremlin and the Saint Basil’s Cathedral. The museum’s exposition, housed in 40 rooms, covers not only a thousand years of Russian history but also history of northeastern Eurasia civilizations from the early Paleolithic Age to the present. The Museum was officially established in 1872 by a personal decree of Emperor Alexander II and it was opened for public in 1883, on the coronation date of Emperor Alexander III after whom the Museum was named since 1894 until 1917. This is an extraordinary architecture monument fulfilled in so-called Russian style of the second half of the 19th century and it occupies its proper place in the architecture ensemble of Red Square. The State Historical Museum is surely one of Russia’s treasures, with more than 4.5 million items and about14 million sheets of documents. The Museum’s collection offers an assortment of paleontology, science, technology, archeology and history monuments; masterpieces of painting, drawing, sculpture, works of decorative, religion, literature, music, theater arts, and architecture.
Besides the main building in Red Square the Museum includes following sites:
Museum of Patriotic War 1812 opened in 2012 as a part of the State Historical Museum
- Cathedral of the Intercession, better known as St. Basil’s Cathedral, monument of Russian architecture of the 16th century, national symbol of Russia
- House of Romanov boyars dated to the 16th – 17th centuries, family nest of royal dynasty ruled Russia from 1613 till 1917