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Walking Theme Tours
WT-#1. Izmailovsky Souvenir Market...similar to bazaars of Silk Route, the lively and bustling Izmailovsky Souvenir Market is a true haven for souvenir, art and antique shoppers. Among traditional Matreshka dolls, brooches, lacquer boxes, you will also find here Persian hand made rugs, crafts made of mammoth tasks, military items, rare crystals, paintings, collectible items of USSR times, and many other things. Built in the form of wooden fortress, colorful and fun, the area is always full of shoppers, barbeque smoke, traders, and tourists. Our guide will help you to navigate the market and insure good quality and the best price. The market is opened on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only.
WT-#2. Shopping giants of Moscow...are located right next to the Kremlin and Red Square, the GUM, TSUM shopping centers can be easily compared (size wise) to the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg. At the end of Soviet Union, most shelves of this giant malls were empty, but today, the transformation is almost shocking. The recently built underground Manezhnaya mall is particulary impressive. It offers all sort of merchandise from Sable fur hats and Persian rugs to Cuban cigars.
WT-#3. Leo Tolstoy in Moscow...explore Tolstoy's life and work in Moscow by visiting his Estate-Museum, where himself and his family escaped the provincial life in Tula (Yasnaya Polyana Estate) during long winter months in 1882-1901 years. Walk through the bedrooms of the author's children, servants quarters and family salon, where Tolstoy enjoyed piano concerts of Scryabin, Rakhmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov and read his latest works to Chekhov and Gorky. In this house Tolstoy wrote one novels "The Death of Ivan Ilyich", "The Power of Darkness", "On Life" and "What Then Are We To Do?". Leo Tolstoy museum bus. hours: Tue-Sun, 11:00-16:00. Closed Mon & last Fri of each month.
WT-#4. Dostoevsky in Moscow...this tour will take you to the Dostoevsky's museum in Moscow, where he was born (in the nearby hospital). Much of the museum's interior is based on the Dostoevsky's diaries, where he describes his childhood. Walk through a tiny bedroom shared with his brother and learn about the family environment he grew up in and from where he left to St. Petersburg. Museum hours: Wed, Fri (14:00-18:00); Thu, Sat, Sun (11:00-18:00). Closed Mon, Tue & last day of each month.
WT-#5. Pushkin in Moscow...learn why Russians love so much poetry. Born in 1799, at the house on Arbat Street, into a noble family, Pushkin is loved today as much as he was loved during his life. By effecting a new synthesis between the three main ingredients of the Russian literary idiom -- the Church Slavonic, the Western European borrowings, and the spoken vernacular -- he created the language of modern Russian poetry. Pushkin was killed in a duel over his wife Natalia. Museum hours:. hours: Wed-Sun, 11:00-17:00. Closed Mon, Tue & last Fri of each month.
WT-#6. Bulgakov in Moscow...many of you are probably already Bulgakov's (Master & Margarita, Heart of a Dog, etc.) fans. If you donít know what we are talking about, you are really missing out on something. Go find these books immediately. As soon as you do know what we are talking about, take note that many of the sites mentioned in Master & Margarita can be visited in Moscow. During this tour, we will visit Bulgakovís apartment near Mayakovskaya metro station. The graffiti is quite interesting in the podyezd (entryway). Then walk over to Patriarchyís pond for an image of the opening scene.
WT-#7. Tretiakov Gallery...opened by wealthy factory owner and industrialist Pavel Tretiakov in the late 19th century, the Gallery today is the Moscowís largest collection of Russian paintings, pre-revolutionary art exhibitions of all ages and schools including turn-of-the-century Avante Garde works. Business hours: 10:00- 19:00. Closed Mondays.
WT-#8. Nicholas Roerich Museum...Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947) was a Russian artist who spent many years living and traveling in Siberia, India, and Nepal. His unique style combines his love of nature and the natural world with his strong spiritual beliefs. He was an artist and a writer, who believed strongly that those who work in cultural fields should promote peace and the evolution of humanity. The museum has a small theater and there are always new exhibits and shows rotating through.
WT-#9. Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts ...is Moscow's premier museum housing remarkable collection, including works from the Italian Renaissance and post-Renaissance, ancient Egypt and Babylonia and, in particular, one of the best Impressionist collections outside France. An extensive permanent display is supplemented by constant rotations of exhibits from around the world. Business hours 10:00-18:00. Closed on Mondays. At the end of the tour, our guide would be glad to take to the nearby Cathedral for Christ the Savior, which in addition to the incredible interior also houses interesting exhibition in the basement.
WT-#10. Museum of State History...was first opened in 1883, and after extensive restoration was recently re-opened for the 850th Moscow anniversary. The interiors are done in a nineteenth century style, and of the 45 halls, half of them are now re-opened. There are exhibits of archeology from prehistoric days up to the founding of the Russian State. Most popular one is called ď Russia of the 19th and 20th centuriesĒ. It displays possessions of Russian Emperors including the death mask of Peter the Great.
WT-#11. Museum of Modern History...commonly referred to as the "Revolution Museum", this museum is a comprehensive look at the years leading up to the Russian revolution. More than just dry politics, the displays bring a human side into focus. The events of the Revolution of 1917, the Civil War that followed, and life under communism are all well presented. In fact, until the early 1990's many of the displays here were held in secret storage, including pictures of Lenin and Trotsky standing side by side. A new addition to the museum shows the events of the August coup in 1991. Rotating special exhibits relating to the political past, present, and future of the USSR and Russia. Closed on Mondays.