Tour of Muzeon
Included in the SRAS Cultural Program
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 public! There are a lot of places to buy food in the park, so I would suggest bringing about 300 rubles at most if you plan on grabbing a quick snack.
Welcome to Muzeon (Музеон), the largest open-air sculpture museum in Russia! Here you will find a vast exposition of sculptures, some of which date back to the early 1900’s!
Muzeon is often called a “graveyard” for old soviet sculptures and busts of national leaders. The area was originally meant to accommodate the growth of more trees for the city. However, after the fall of the USSR in 1991, statues and monuments commemorating leaders like Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, and famous military officers were dismantled and torn down. To protect the work of Soviet artists, the New Tretyakov opened its enclosed grounds to them and the former tree sanctuary soon became the dumping site for these statues, which were arbitrarily deposited as the years went on.
Today, however, Muzeon is one of Moscow’s most historic and unique outdoor attractions. Located on the bank of the Moscow River, with the infamous Monument of Peter the Great on one side and Gorky Park on the other, Muzeon is a great place to spend a warm summer day outside. Upon entering the park, you will see a barrage of old statues–some that date back to Soviet times, and some more contemporary pieces of art. Located toward the middle of the park are several different busts and statues of Lenin, as well as a towering sculpture of a nose-less Joseph Stalin. As you venture further into the park, you can find monuments that were created in memory of soldiers and civilians, including specifically to those that were imprisoned or killed by the Soviet repressions. There is much modern art on display as well and they’ve even added a Japanese garden at one end. The Muzeon park ends with a beautiful view of the Monument of Peter the Great and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
We took an excursion with SRAS to Muzeon and Gorky Park, but I ended up returning to the statue graveyard so that I could have a chance to see some of the historic sculptures once more! Make an afternoon out of your trip, and end your visit with some ice cream at the local food trucks that are scattered around the park!