The Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945
|This is one of the grand
museums of Russia. Aside from the poignant content the sheer size
and visual image it presents is breathtaking. This writer, (Brent
from Passport Travel) has visited and will return as he has not
covered all the permanent exhibitions in enough detail, let alone
the every changing special exhibitions.
One of Passport Travels homestays is in an apartment block right next to the museum complex and it was here that I explored the museum. I was intrigued to note on Saturdays how many wedding parties came to have photographs taken in front of the massive central spire monument which has a large statue of St George spearing the Nazi serpent.
Aside from the internal exhibitions there are also external exhibits of vehicles, weaponry and aircraft. This was where I first encountered armoured railway carriages and locomotives.
The famous dioramas are brutal, sobering yet reflect momentous times in history. I have walked this very embankment in modern times.
The museum features 14,143 square meters of exhibit space for permanent collections and an additional 5,500 square meters for temporary exhibits.
Near the entry to the museum
is the Hall of Commanders, which features a decorative "Sword and
Shield of Victory" and bronze busts of recipients of the Order of
Victory, the highest military honour awarded by the Soviet Union.