Kunstkamera in St. Petersburg, Russia

In Saint Petersburg you could go to a museum every day for 3 months and not visit them all. There are a few that are simply must-see — some for their magnificent art and architecture, others for their historical value, but there is one in particular that everyone should visit for its sheer uniqueness. Kunstkamera […]

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Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines in St. Petersburg, Russia

Maybe you’ve heard of Pacman, Donkey Kong, and Space Invaders, but what about Rally Авторалли-М), The Humpbacked Horse (Конек Горбунок), and Torpedo Attack (Торпед Атака)?  While Americans were shoving quarters into arcade machines to play game after game, those in the Soviet Union were dropping in 15 kopecks in just the same way. A few […]

Discovering the History of the Uprising

Warsaw Rising Museum Grzybowska 79 See Website for Details During a class taken as part of my Security and Society program, a professor noted that the Poles were great at two things: “Uprising, and terribly failing at it”. Since the city of Warsaw is history everywhere you look, I decided to go to the Warsaw […]

Muzeon–The Statue Graveyard

Tour of Muzeon Included in the SRAS Cultural Program Summer, 2017 Free Admission Website Directions: Take the metro to Park Kultury and cross the Krymskiy Bridge over the Moscow River. On your right, you will see Gorky Park, and on your left is the New Tretyakov Gallery and Muzeon. Budget: Muzeon is free to the […]

Polish Army Museum

Muzeum Wojska Polskiego (Polish Army Museum) Aleje Jerozolimskie 3 Ticket Prices: Normal- 15 PLN Reduced- 8 PLN Saturdays- Free Admission Website Warsaw is especially associated with its place in the Second World War, and coming to Poland, I was already aware of that specific era in Poland history. However, I was curious about the other […]

Pinchuk Art Centre in Kyiv

Pinchuk Modern Art Centre  Velitsa Vasilkivska/Baseina 1/3-2 Kyiv, 01004 Open Tues-Sat, and Sun 12:00-21:00 Free The Pinchuk (modern) Art Centre in Kyiv contains two of my favorite things: modern art, and people who wear fake horn-rimmed glasses and go take selfies with modern art. Come for the art and culture, but stay for the people […]

Ostannya Barykada Restaurant in Kyiv

Ostannya Barykada Maidan Nazelezhnosti 10:00-24:00 Entrees from $8-15 When my host sister and her cousin lead me to Globus shopping mall with the promise of a 100% Ukrainian, gastronomic, and secret restaurant, I was skeptical. Secret restaurant? “You will see.” Said Nadya, the cousin, smiling. “You even need a password to get in.” And so we […]

City Dump Museum in Irkutsk

Irkutsk City Dump Museum Fifth kilometer of Aleksandrovskiy Highway Free The Irkutsk city dump museum is one of the strangest places I have ever been in my life—not just for the fact that it exists, which is weird enough in and of itself, but for what’s in it. The dump/museum is probably about a 20-minute […]

Muzeon “Statue Graveyard” in Moscow

Muzeon Where: Krimsky Val, вл. 2, Moscow Open 8:00-23:00 Free Entrence (~$3 for coffee or a snack) Muzeon is a park and open air sculpture museum located next to Gorky Park and within the Garden ring of Moscow. Opened in 1992, the park consists of huge green areas, old soviet monuments, sculptures that could not […]

Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve in Moscow

Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve: Walking Seminar and Picnic Dolskaya ul., 1, Moscow, 115569 Offered as part of the SRAS cultural program – Summer, 2016 Free, but bring ~$10 if you want a snack Tsaritsyno is a park and museum complex in southern Moscow. Currently one of the largest reserves in Moscow, the land started as an aristocratic […]

Grand Kremlin Palace Tour in Moscow

Grand Kremlin Palace Tour By Appointment Only $75 for the tour When SRAS gave me the opportunity to take an exclusive tour of the Grand Kremlin Palace, which is an exclusive tour that is normally off-limits to the general public, I had to take it. This particular tour is different from those that cover the […]

Taganskaya Bunker and American Breakfast in Moscow

4th of July Cold War Fest Taganskaya Bunker, American Breakfast, and Politics Seminar SRAS Event held summer, 2016 As part of my Russian as a Second Language program at Moscow State University, I attended a special SRAS cultural activity to mark the celebration of July 4th as well as learn about Russian politics, from the […]

The Moscow Space Museum

The Moscow Space Museum Prospect Mira, 111 Free with student ID (500 rubles otherwise) The Moscow Space Museum rivals any other cosmonautic museum in the world for the sheer size of collection of memorabilia relating to the early days of space travel and modern advancements, as well as models of space craft that countries from […]

A Tour of the Kremlin in Moscow

A Tour of the Kremlin in Moscow with a stop at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior Free tour offered summer of 2016 with SRAS’s regular Moscow programs As part of SRAS’s Russian as a Second Language (RSL) program at Moscow State University, I had the opportunity to attend a guided walking tour of the […]

Gorky Park and Garage Museum of Modern Art in Mocsow

 Gorky Park and Garage Museum of Modern Art in Moscow Poster Child of Russia’s Urban Revitalization Open 24/7 Free Entrance, Bring Cash for Food, Bike Rentals, etc. For several years now, Russia’s federal government and the city government of Moscow have worked together in an attempt to revitalize the capital city, with a particular focus […]

Kolomenskoye Park in Moscow

Kolomenskoye Park Andropova Ave, 39 Daily 08:00-21:00 (May 1st to September 31st 07:00-24:00) Free (~$5 for drinks and ice cream) Kolomenskoye Park is definitely one of Moscow’s must-see attractions. Open year round, this former royal estate contains historic local buildings, gardens, a haunted ravine with pagan shrines, and several artifacts and parts of wooden buildings […]

Primorye State Art Gallery Part 2 in Vladivostok

Primorye State Art Gallery Aleyutskaya St. 12, Vladivostok Student Ticket Cost: 350 Rubles Following up on last week’s somewhat misadventure to the art gallery, I decided to attempt to rectify my experience this weekend. I gathered a few friends and we set off for Vladivostok’s main art gallery located at 12 Aleyutskaya Prospekt. The large […]

Primorsky State Art Gallery in Vladivostok

Primorsky State Art Gallery Partizanskiy St. 12, Vladivostok 100 rubles admission On the streets of Vladivostok, I regularly walk past one of the many rectangular, concrete buildings with a small golden sign reading “Primorye State Art Gallery,” accompanied by an artsy logo. Admittedly, up to this point, I actually haven’t spent much time exploring Vladivostok’s […]

Pin-up Exhibition at Art Center in St. Petersburg

Art Center Dumskaya Ulitsa, 4 Tickets from 150 rubles Strolling around the second story of the Art Center space on Dumskaya, posters and calendars showcase nearly a century’s worth of art. Many know of pin-ups, but not so much of the cultural significance of these camera-loving ladies. What do you mean, a “pin-up”?  Exactly that, […]

Museum of Erotica: an Unforgettable and Unique Experience

Museum of Erotica Ligovsky Propekt, 43/45 Open 24/7! 490 rubles for two students (come with a friend!) Museros.ru Tired of the same old tourist itineraries?  Or are you (un)fortunate enough to be an insomniac in St. Petersburg? Well, lucky for you, the Museum of Erotica is open 24 hours a day and is located right […]

Botanical Garden in St. Petersburg

Botanical Garden in St. Petersburg ул. Профессора Попова 2, (Petrogradskaya Metro) Open 10am – 6pm; Last admission is at 4 pm. Closed Mondays, Fridays Tickets start at 40 rubles (see below for details) Botsad-spb.com Whether you’re in St. Petersburg during the sunny summer months or the wet, cold winter, the Botanical Garden and Museum on […]

Exploring Russian Traditions in Vladivostok

The international department at VGUES has, throughout the semester, taken us on various excursions around Vladivostok. This week, we ventured back into time to explore some of the old Russian traditions. At a rather nondescript apartment building near the city center, a kind babushka beckoned for our group to come inside. We were then ushered […]

Vladivostok Fortress Museum

Scattered across Vladivostok’s coastal slopes in quite a few places one can see the metal and concrete remains of the old coastal batteries built to defend the city in years past. Most of the emplacements are just curios–disused relics that add a little extra spice to an already flavorful city. But near the old city center, […]

Wilanów Palace in Warsaw

Wilanów Palace Tickets starting at 15 PLN Wilanow-palac.pl When I lived in Warsaw, a friend visited who had spent the summer doing archaeological digs around Italy.  So what could be the oldest and most beautiful Polish place I could take her to rival ancient Roman artifacts?  Wilanów Palace, Poland’s only remaining Baroque residence. The palace […]

Ruh-Ordo Complex – a Day Trip from Bishkek

Ruh-Ordo Complex/ Культурный центр Рух-Ордо Address: Чолпон-Ата, Киргизия Hours 9-5 Monday-Sunday Admission: 300 som Ruhordo.kg If you visit Lake Issyk-Kul during the summer, check out the Ruh-Ordo Complex at Cholpon-Ata. This complex is an open air museum with beaches that boats an array of sculptures and cultural pieces, along with buildings devoted to Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Catholicism, […]

Supara Ethno-Complex, Bishkek

Supara Ethno-Complex/Супара Этно-Комплекс Supara.kg 1a Karagul Akmata Str., Kok-Jar village Meals from 340 som Супара Этно-Комплекс (Supara Ethno-Complex) on the scenic outskirts of Bishkek, was developed over the past several years by Tabyldy Egemberdiev, president of the enormously popular Шоро (Shoro) Company, which produces traditional Kyrgyz drinks, among other things. Egemberdiev’s wife, Janyl, was a […]

A Trip to Tsarskoye Selo from St. Petersburg

Tsarskoye Selo: Catherine Palace and Park / Царское село: Екатерининский дворец и парк Cost: Catherine Park – 120 rubles (60 w/student ID); Catherine Palace – 520 rubles (260 w/ student ID); Hours: Park – 10am-7pm; Palace – 10am-6pm Tzar.ru While my short stay in St. Petersburg was quickly dwindling down, I was determined to get […]

History Meeting House in Warsaw

History Meeting House (Dom Spotkań z Historią) Karowa 20 Opening Hours: Tues-Fri from 10am to 8pm Sat-Sun from 11am to 8pm, Mondays closed Admission free DSH.waw.pl After attending a lecture at Collegium Civitas (CC) on the topic of the First World War (in a class entitled “The History of Central Europe”), I thought a visit […]

An Excursion through the Abandoned Underground Tunnels of Vladivostok

Abandoned Underground Tunnels of Vladivostok 6pm Thursday and Fridays; Meet early at Gorky Theater (Театр имени Горького) Cost: Groups from 1 to 10 people pay a flat rate of 5000 rubles Groups of 10+ pay 500 rubles per person (note: due to current renovations groups are limited to 12 people) Vladdig.org Vladivostok is not unique […]

POLIN – The Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw

POLIN – The Museum of the History of Polish Jews “POLIN – Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich” 6 Mordechaja Anielewicza St. 00-157 Warsaw, Poland Polin.pl/en Opening Hours: Mon, Thurs, Fri – 10am to 6pm (last admission 4pm) Weds, Sat, Sun – 10am to 8pm (last admission 6pm) Tuesday closed Ticket price to core exhibition – 25 PLN, […]

Bishkek Walking Tour

New SRAS students at the London School in Bishkek are introduced to the city and some of its major landmarks on a walking tour shortly after arrival. I took this tour on the afternoon of my first day here at the end of August. It was hot, the streets were busy, and little stands along […]

House on the Embankment Museum in Moscow

House on the Embankment Museum / Mузей дом на набережной ул. Серафимовича д.2 Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 10:00-18:30, Thursday from 11:00-21:00, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00-18:00; closed every last Friday of the month for cleaning As part of my Russian language course at Moscow State University, my professor took us to the […]

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