Tourism in Russia > Moscow city
Moscow is the capital of Russia as well as the center of Russia's business,
science, culture, and tourism. The first historical mention of Moscow dates
back to the year 1147. The city's unique appearance took many centuries to form.
Among its incredibly beautiful monuments are the Moscow Kremlin, St. Basil's
Cathedral, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Novodevichy and the Donskoy
Convents, the Kolomenskoye, Kuskovo, and Ostankino palace and garden complexes.
Moscow is a cultural center of worldwide significance. The city has over 70
theatres; among them the Bolshoi is the most famous. Some of the priceless collections
of painting and sculpture reside within the walls of almost 100 museums: the
famous Tretyakov Gallery and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts are among them.
The entertainment industry is well developed here and the city plays host to
numerous cultural events.
They are both state-owned and private collections of different items i. e. Russian household articles, Soviet monuments, industrial culture artifacts, etc. Multimedia museum centers and fashionable art
clusters occupying former factory or plant shops present contemporary art. They host art exhibitions, film libraries, theaters, lecture halls, animation centers, bookstores, bars and restaurants.
The new Moscow museums are interactive sites interesting for both children and adults. They are not 'art temples' any more. People come there to socialize, experiment and have fun. Interactive installations, per-formances, festivals, museum nights and audio guides make museum displays more comprehensible for visitors.