Moscow military museums prepare special programme for Victory Day

Moscow military museums prepare special programme for Victory Day
Photo: Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service. Yevgeny Samarin
Various events include an interactive programme about guerrillas, a workshop on how to paint military history miniatures, an exhibition of classified documents and much more.

On 8–9 May, admission will be free to local military museums, including the Defence of Moscow State Museum, the Zelenograd Museum, the Battle of Borodino Museum-Panorama, the Museum of Heroes of the Soviet Union and Russia, the History of the T-34 Tank Museum Complex and others, which have prepared their own programmes in the run-up to the Victory Day celebrations.

On 8 May, from 11 am until 2.30 pm, the Defence of Moscow State Museum will host the “Heroes Never Die” official event. Its experts will receive capsules with earth from Russian hero cities and cities of military glory for subsequent storage. Visitors will take part in a guided tour and a roundtable discussion. On 9 May at noon and 3 pm, city residents will be invited to watch an interactive theatrical performance, entitled “A Front Behind the Frontline.” They will learn some little-known facts about guerrilla units, their everyday life and heroic feats.

On 8–9 May, the History of the T-34 Tank Museum will prepare some interactive quests for visitors.

On 9 May, visitors to the Museum of Heroes of the Soviet Union and Russia will lay flowers at a local Great Patriotic War memorial, and a festive concert will take place there.

On 9 May, the Borodino Museum-Panorama will host a workshop, entitled “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” with participants learning how to paint military history miniatures. The lesson will begin at 2 pm.

On 9 May, from 10 am through 8 pm, the Zelenograd Museum will host the “Eternal Flame” photo exhibition on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier memorial complex near the Kremlin Wall.

On 5–9 May, the Moscow State Exhibition Hall New Manezh will offer a free exhibition, entitled “1942: Steering Towards Victory.” Visitors will see documents issued by top institutions of state authority whose decisions influenced the outcome of hostilities in 1942. The exhibition will narrate the Soviet counteroffensive near Moscow and the victory near Stalingrad that turned the tide of World War II, as well as such controversial issues as the deportation of various ethnic groups and a contradictory policy with regard to the Russian Orthodox Church. It runs until 25 June 2017.

No preliminary registration for these events is required.