Football, of course: What Museum of Moscow has in store for the World Cup

Football, of course: What Museum of Moscow has in store for the World Cup
The museum will host street football and exhibitions on the history of football and the host arenas. The World Cup matches will be broadcasted in the courtyard of the museum buildings at Zubovsky Boulevard. Fans will also get a 50 percent discount on museum tickets.

The Museum of Moscow has prepared a special World Cup programme: The City of Football. Between 14 June and 15 July, Muscovites and tourists will be able to learn new facts about the game’s history and Saudi Arabia and Brazil, whose national teams are taking part in the tournament, as well as to watch live broadcasts of matches and get a 50 percent discount to visit the main exhibition halls.

“There’ll be a pitch to play street football in the Museum of Moscow courtyard on Zubovsky Boulevard. We’ll show all of Russia’s group stage matches and final stage of the tournament. Musicians, athletes and artists will perform,” the museum’s spokesperson said.

Visitors will see unique football photos that have never been exhibited before, for instance, stills from the match held on Ivanoskaya Square at the Kremlin in the 1920s from the museum’s collections that have over a million items. Photos can also be seen at the 'Ready to Roll' exhibit, where visitors will learn new facts about the 12 host stadiums in 11 Russian cities. The photos will bear QR codes visitors can use to take a virtual tour around a stadium (the codes can be scanned with a smartphone camera). The exhibition 'Football, Of Course' will feature paintings by modern St Petersburg artists dedicated to the popular sport and sports in general.

There will also be an exhibit dedicated to Saudi Arabia – Russia’s rival in the group – as well as its culture, tradition and folklore. This June, the Museum of Moscow will also host an exhibit on Brazil, one of the countries where football is extremely popular. There will also be a zone where World Cup matches with Brazil’s national team will be broadcasted.

The museum will grant a 50 percent discount for fans to visit the main exhibition halls upon showing a FAN ID card in the museum at Zubovsky Boulevard or at the other branches: Moscow Museum of Archeology, Old English Court, Gilyarovsky Centre, Lefortovo Museum of History, and the Vlakhernskoye-Kuzminki Estate Museum.

In addition, the Museum of Moscow has organised interesting tours on the metro and the Moscow Central Circle (MCC): 72 tours in Russian and English will be held from 10 June through 15 July. Visitors will learn details about the modern metro and MCC stations, architectural landmarks and metro legends. The event schedule is available on the museum’s website.

World Cup matches will be held from 14 June through 15 July in 11 cities: Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Rostov-on-Don, Volgograd, and Yekaterinburg. Moscow will be the main transport hub for foreign fans. Twelve matches will be held in Moscow plus the opening and closing ceremony. The main events will be held at Luzhniki Stadium: it will host four group stage matches, including the opening match, as well as a Round of 16, a semifinal and the final match. Spartak will host four group stage matches and a Round of 16.

Muscovites can visit city museums for free on the third Sunday of every month. In addition to large exhibition complexes, they can also enjoy small museums such as in the Gogol House or the Submarine Museum in Northern Tushino Park.

In addition, over 90 museums, galleries and exhibition halls are free for school students all year. A special project, Museums for Children, was launched last September. The programme has quickly become popular: almost 35,000 pupils visited museums during the first month, and 248,000 by the end of this April.