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State Museum of GULAG's History

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Address: 1st Samotechny Lane, 9/1 | Metro Dostoevskaya, Moscow 127473, Russia
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The large-scale exhibition "The national remembrance of the...

The large-scale exhibition "The national remembrance of the GULAG" opened on the 30th October 2015 in a new building of the GULAG History State Museum. The exhibition is organized as a chain of altering expositional areas, representing the recollections of the epoch of the political repressions to visitors. The central part of the exposition includes clothes, documents, photographs, "voices" of witnesses from the collections of dozens Russian museums, associated by the GULAG's history. The map of USSR with marked points of labor camps, camp administration and the amount of prisoners in different periods displays the geographical length and broadness of the exhibition. One of the main purposes of this exhibition project consists of enlightening the theme of the maintenance our historical remembrance of the terror and the GULAG, in promoting the profound comprehension and perception of the Soviet period in the Russian history, in connecting museums of the remembrance from the various Russian regions.

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A must see piece of Russian history

This was an excellent museum. The museum is modern and even has a little cafe (although, don't plan to eat a fresh meal here). I highly recommend the audio tour. It is very well... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Surabaya, Jawa Timur, Indonesia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was an excellent museum. The museum is modern and even has a little cafe (although, don't plan to eat a fresh meal here). I highly recommend the audio tour. It is very well done and made the visit very meaningful.

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Pallíni, Attiki, Greece
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not so friendly for tourists, although for Moscow facts, where nobody speaks english or any signs are in english, a good effort is made at this museum! More exhibits should be added...there should be tons of evidence available regarding this part of the russian history. Light presentation of the horror that took place there! Update your new address ..we were... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had this on my list for a visit to Moscow in February. A little hard to find as it's outside the centre and in what feels like a housing area. Nonetheless make time for this visit: it's a true thought provoking learning experience.

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Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Anyone that happens to be in Moscow just go to this museum. It's a very modern museum, with videos playing and a lot of the informations are in English. A "must go" to any history lovers and everyone that has curiosity about the socialist regime in URSS. It makes you to stop and think how many people were killed just... More 

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Virum, Denmark
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

IMPORTANT NOTE: As of today (Jan 23, 2016) the location shown in the map-link in Tripadvisor is wrong. The address is correct (1st Samotechny lane), but the map points to the old museum location. And then my review: It is still very difficult to comprehend how a nation can ever evolve into such cruelty, where personal lifes matter so little.... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

The history of the Gulags is very sobering. The mass incarceration of people without proper trials is scary to read about. The museum has many artifacts and is in an atmospheric building. There are plenty of signs in English too which is not a given at all Russian museums.

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Thank you very much for your feedback, we'll be glad to see you again! More 

Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 6 January 2017

This is a very well done musuem. There are Russian and English signs, as well as audio guides available. It is well organized to help with the flow of visitors, with a wide variety of exhibit types. It was especially powerful to see videos of GULAG survivors sharing their stories, and to see the personal items found in the prisons.... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 23 December 2016

This is a modern and well-curated museum, I recommend it to anyone interested in this period of soviet history. However, as a Russian, I found it emotionally hard to go through all the collection. It is just too sad to see what the regime did to several millions of mostly ethnic Russian people.

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Reviewed 16 November 2016

I've visited this museum twice, and I can't wait to go again. Though the museum isn't all that big, I'd allot a minimum of three hours: partly to really immerse yourself in the dark, stirring atmosphere of the place, and partly to give yourself time to absorb the horrifying, heartbreaking, and sometimes very inspiring firsthand accounts played in video segments... More 

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Thank you very much for such an inspiring review, we'll be glad to see you again! More 

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Reviewed 7 November 2016

The location of the museum has changed---we went to the original location (based on current street signs) and a guard at the old location building handed us a slip of paper with the new address. We took the metro to the nearest stop, thinking there would be signs to guide us to the location. Not so---but after asking several shop... More 

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