The Red State History Museum on the Red Square

The Red State History Museum on the Red Square

 April in Moscow, and probably the whole of Russia is still wet and cold, with no sign of spring. My friends and I needed an activity away from the cold so decided to visit the RED State Historical Museum of Moscow. On the way to the museum my umbrella broke in the strong wind,which was probably inevitable as my umbrella was a couple of years old. I stopped at one of the little Russian souvenir stalls on the way to the museum to purchase a new one so that I didn’t arrive completely drenched and shivering. In the end I walked away with a bright pink Moscow tourist umbrella to keep me dry. Nobody can miss me and it shouts tourist!! Bit I cant wait to use it when I travel to other cities!

Approaching the Red Square from the metro station

The statue of Marshal Zhukov infront of the State History Museum. He was a Soviet military commander who, in the course of World War II, led the Red Army to liberate the Soviet Union from occupation, to advance through Eastern Europe, and to conquer Germany’s capital, Berlin.

This imposing building stood to our right as we entered the Red Square through the Resurrection Gate. The building is a mass of jagged towers and cornices; it is a typical example of Russian Revivalism, the Eastern equivalent of the Neo-Gothic movement. The building looks great with the black and white setting with focus on red colour!

The State History Museum in the background during a military parade on the Red Square

The museum was opened in 1894, to mark the coronation of Aleksander III, and was the result of a 20-year-long project to consolidate various archaeological and anthropological collections into a single museum that told the story of the history of Russia. Each hall of the museum is designed to correspond to the era from which the exhibits are taken.

The Red Museum is hard to miss and you notice it even before you enter onto the Red Square

They do advertise that information inside the museum is in English as well, but their idea of English is having the name of the object in English and nothing else. Before you enter a hall there is a short information sheet in English that explains what the hall holds. Unfortunately this explanation only gives an outline and is translated directly from the Russian so not always understandable. Actually the direct translations turned out to be quite entertaining at times. Thus the exhibits are not labeled with any English descriptions so most of the time we didn’t actually know what we were looking at. There are English-language guide books and videos available in the lobby but we thought that we would get along fine without it. This turned out to be a bit more challenging than we thought so in the future I have to remember to carry my Russian/English dictionary with me.

Have you ever come across places that say they do have translations available and found that they are inadequate?

Throwback Thursday, is a weekly reminiscent movement where you re-post past events or photos. They can be from years ago or from just a few days ago. Its a great way to look back fondly on some of your favorite memories……