State Historical Museum

State Historical Museum is the largest national museum of Russia. Its collections have been forming for more than 100 years and now contain over 4.5 million items. Architect Vladimir Sherwood and engineer Anatoly Semenov created the building of the museum on Red Square. It was opened for visitors in June 1883 during the celebrations of Emperor Alexander III coronation. The exposition starts in a majestic Ceremonial Entrance Hall (Paradnye seny) with “The Genealogical Tree of Russian Rulers” painted on the vaults. The first halls (1–7) introduce ancient history: the development of human civilization in Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages.

Exhibits of the following seven halls (8–14) illustrate the epoch of Old Russian state. Archaeological artifacts, written and pictorial monuments, manuscripts, icons tell us about the momentous events in the history of Russia: adoption of Christianity, feudal division, fighting against foreign invaders. The exposition of 15–21 halls is devoted to the theme of the centralized state formation, expansion of its borders. The halls of the second floor (22–35) show us the great history of Russian Empire in the 18th–20th centuries.
Moscow, Red Square, 1 (“Okhotny Ryad”, “Teatralnaya”, “Ploschad Revolyutsii” metro stations)
Information: +7 (495) 692 40 19

Opening hours

New exhibition hall

109012 Moscow, Red Square, 1
"Okhotny Ryad" , "Teatralnaya", "Ploschad Revolyutsii" metro stations
Exit the metro along the signs "To the Historical Museum"

Tour centre: +7 (495) 692 37 31
E-mail:visitor@shm.ru

Tour centre working hours: 10 AM – 5 PM

Opening hours:
1 September – 31 May 10 AM - 6 PM
10 AM - 9 PM on Fridays and Saturdays
Tuesday — day off
1 June – 31 August:10 AM - 9 PM
Except 5 July and 7 August

Last admission 1 hour before closing

Artillery courtyard

109012 Moscow, Red Square, 1
"Okhotny Ryad" , "Teatralnaya", "Ploschad Revolyutsii" metro stations
Entrance from the "Zero kilometer" side.

Opening hours (during exhibitions):
1 September – 31 May 10 AM - 6 PM
10 AM - 9 PM on Fridays and Saturdays
Tuesday — day off
1 June – 31 August:10 AM - 9 PM
Except 5 July and 7 August

Exhibition complex of State Historical museum
"109012, Moscow, Nikolskaya street 5/1, 2
 («Okhotny Ryad» , «Teatralnaya», «Ploschad Revolyutsii» metro stations)Entrance from Red Square."
1 June – 31 August:10 AM - 9 PM – daily
Except 5 July and 7 August
Artillery courtyard is closed in winter period
Free entrance