Felt Boots Museum
A rather esoteric Moscow museum dedicated to traditional Russian winter footwear
we know as felt boots or in Russian - valenki. The museum displays a variety
boots from embroidered samples of the late 19th century to the boots used by the
Russian team to the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Here you can also see more unusual interpretations such as a felt
boot-mushroom, mouse and train.
This type of footwear, made from sheep wool, was widely used from the late 19th
into the early 20th century amongst the peasant population. Today felt boots are popular
once more with people wearing them in winter with designers taking amore
artistic approach to their subject matter..
Ice Sculpture Museum
If you are looking for something unusual, you should visit the Ice Sculpture
Museum in Moscow
Sokolniki Park. It occupies an area of 700 square meters and exhibits beautiful
sculptures fully made of ice. The sculptors used 800 tons of ice and 200 tons of
snow to create the first exposition.
You will be able to go through a labyrinth, to see various creatures, flowers
and fountains and even to visit an ice living room with interior elements –
fireplace, table, chairs, mirror and bed. You will be offered an extra warm coat
as the temperature inside is always -10°C.
This museum is highly popular among tourists as it can offer many opportunities
for entertainment. The territory of the museum includes cafe and a special area
for workshops and animation programs. You can book a guided tour for children
(400-700 rubles depending on the number of children in a group and on the chosen
program), an individual tour (2600 per person, including an ice sculpting
workshop) and special romantic program (total price is 3800 rubles).
Address: Sokolniki Park (use signs in the park to get to the museum),
“Sokolniki” metro station.
Opening hours: daily 11:00-20:00. The museum works all the year round.
Museum of New Year's Tree Decorations
This unique museum is the only in Russia which is fully dedicated to New Year's
tree decorations. It is located in
Klin, an old
town in Moscow region.
The museum consists of 12 exhibition halls and two studios for creating
Christmas toys, where the most interesting processes – blowing and painting -
can be observed. Adults and children can participate in a workshop and paint a
You will take a wonderful trip to the world of New Year's celebration and find
out why people began to decorate New Year's tree with glass balls. At the museum
you will see various Soviet toys, a huge fir tree, unique glass wartime toys and
many other interesting things.
You can buy New Year's tree decorations at the museum's shop. Opening hours:
daily from 9:00 till 18:00.
Address: 4, Staroyamskaya Street, Klin, Moscow region.
Opening hours: from 9:30 until 17:00. The last excursion begins at
16:00. In November and December the museum works only with organized groups. If
you prefer a calmer atmosphere, please choose the period from January to
October for this trip.
Days off: December 30-31, 2011 and January 1-2.
You can visit the museum individually in January on the following dates: January
5 (at 12:00), January 8 (at 10.00), January 15 (at 15:00).
The museum works all the year round, expositions are unchanged.
of Soviet Arcade Games
There is a museum in both
Moscow and St
Now, 24 years after the
dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russian families spend their
afternoons here playing the propaganda arcade games of their youth,
drinking increasingly hard-to-find sparkling beer from 1980s soda
machines, and popping Soviet coins into strength-training and
eye-coordination games that were approved by the Soviet government
in the 1970s and 1980s as having “real” value to children. The
museum has recovered nearly 60 games, many of which are the last
remaining ones in the world.