“Around Moscow with Gilyarovsky” exhibition and 80 free tours: The History of Moscow at the Back to School festival

“Around Moscow with Gilyarovsky” exhibition and 80 free tours: The History of Moscow at the Back to School festival
Festival guests will see unique archival photographs of Moscow and learn many interesting facts about the Russian capital from professional Moscow scholars.

A photo exhibition, “Around Moscow with Gilyarovsky,” has opened at the History of Moscow venue on Stoleshnikov Pereulok as part of the Back to School festival. It was prepared by the Museum of Moscow to mark its 120th anniversary. Festival guests will see unique archival photographs of Moscow dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as excerpts from books by Vladimir Gilyarovsky, an acclaimed writer and Moscow scholar. After that, they will be able to consolidate the knowledge they gain by seeing these sites on daily tours organised by the Moscow Stories tourism bureau.

All tours begin on Stoleshnikov Pereulok, where Gilyarovsky lived in the early 20th century. He praised this lane as one of the best places in Moscow, possibly because its activity attracted him as a journalist. The lane runs between Tverskaya Street, where the mansion of the governor general, the luxurious Yeliseyev delicatessen and the coffee house and the bakery of the Filippov family were located, and the lively Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street, with its theatres and clubs. Further on lies Petrovka Street, with stores that sell goods for all tastes, Kuznetsky Most Street with its fashion houses and Neglinnaya Street, below which Gilyarovsky descended to see where the Neglinnaya River was sealed off with a tube to make place for a square on the surface. And lastly, many famous Moscow churches and monasteries were located a short distance from Stoleshnikov Pereulok, including the Passion and St Peter monasteries.

Professional experts on Moscow will tell stories about these and many other interesting things from Moscow's history during the Moscow Stories tours, which begin at 3.30 pm and 6.30 pm on weekdays and at 12 noon, 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm on weekends. In the event of inclement weather, tours will be replaced with lectures in an entertainment chalet. In all, 32 tours are planned for the festival.

A series of 48 tours from the Learning About Moscow programme have been prepared by guides from the Moscow House of Nationalities. For example, participants in the City of Moscow tour will learn about the construction of the Kremlin, the specific features of its defensive structures and the defence of Moscow during foreign invasions.

The Creative Moscow tour features the story of Teatralnaya Square and the Bolshoi and Maly theatres, as well as the Russian Academic Youth Theatre (RAMT), which is located there.

Participants in the Kuznetsky Most Fashion Street tour will learn about the history of the city’s most prominent shopping street.

These tours will be most interesting for children and teens aged nine to 13, but experienced guides will adjust their stories for the average age of the group.

The hour-long tours from the Learning About Moscow programme begin every day at 4.30 pm and 6 pm at different festival sites.