During the New Year holidays, some 1.15 million people visited 77 museums affiliated with the City Department of Culture.
“In addition to New Year parties, lectures and workshops the event programme included exhibitions and concerts, . Most importantly, between 2-7 January the public could visit all Moscow museums free of charge,” Vasily Ovchinnikov, Director General of the Moscow Recreation and Tourism Agency (Mosgortour) noted.
The Lyublino and Izmailovo estates as well as the Kolomenskoye Museum and Reserve were the most popular places during the holiday season and attracted 302,008 visitors. Tsaritsyno and the Multimedia Art Museum came second and third, with 190,947 and 123,896 visitors, respectively.
The city organised numerous events for children, including New Year parties at 17 city museums that were attended by 33,745 young guests. The New Year party at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts proved most popular with 19,174 children attending. Two other parties at the Tsaritsyno and Kolomenskoye museum and reserves came second and third, with 4,500 and 2,880 young guests, respectively.
This winter, city museums extended holiday greetings to both visitors and each other as 29 museums took part in the Congratulate Your Friends project and exchanged gifts with other museums.
“The project involved the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Moscow Zoo and many other places too,” said Mosgortour First Deputy Director General Natalia Loseva.
During the holiday season, the public could enjoy the most interesting exhibitions free of charge, including Immense Ryazanov at the New Manezh Exhibition Hall, Where is My House at the Marina Tsvetayeva House and Museum, the Porcelain Space exhibit at the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics and other events. Many museums prepared special programmes. For example, the Kolomenskoye Museum and Reserve organised traditional Christmas festivities with games, carol singing and minstrel performances.