Underground museum, ice cave and Time Machine: Must-see in Zaryadye

Underground museum, ice cave and Time Machine: Must-see in Zaryadye
Whether it’s film shows on hemispheric screens, getting to know what armour feels like, finding out more about aeroponic installations or learning more about Moscow in the year 1812, it’s all at Zaryadye.

Zaryadye Park has become a central attraction point for Muscovites and tourists in Moscow and this is no accident. There are exhibitions, concerts, lectures plus workshops, and only at this park can visitors travel in the Time Machine, see how coffee grows, go down a cave or try wearing a noble man’s bracers.

Read on to find out more about what to do come rain, come shine in Zaryadye.

Flying

The Soaring multimedia complex offers a virtual tour around the key places in Moscow or a trip across Russia. The “soaring cinema theatre” that is the only one in Russia has a 13-m-high hemispheric screen, a moving platform, water generators, a wind machine and a system for producing smells and shows two films: Soaring over Moscow and Soaring over Russia.

During Soaring over Moscow, the audience will see city landmarks. People will float over blocks of flats in the capital, monasteries, churches, new stadiums, roads, parks, central streets as well as public gardens. They will see Park Pobedy, Triumph Arch, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow State University, Moscow City Business Centre, VDNKh, the Ostankino Television Tower, Kuskovo Museum Estate and also Petroff Palace.

The new film, Soaring over Russia, will take people on a particularly exciting trip. They will see the Manpupuner rock formations in the Republic of Komi, Lena Pillar, the Valley of Geysers in Kamchatka and jump from the dam of the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric plant (the largest in Russia).

The Soaring media complex in Zaryadye has already gained international recognition. It won the best Visitor Attraction category at the Amsterdam InAVation Awards 2018.

Films begin every 15–30 minutes. There are many ways to get tickets: via the park’s website, using a mobile app, going to an interactive terminal or by visiting the park’s ticket office. Those eligible for discounts should only go to one of the ticket offices.

The schedule and ticket prices can be found on the website.

Time travelling

People visiting the Time Machine at the Media Centre pavilion will be able to take a trip back into the past. The cinema with a panoramic and interactive screen will show what Moscow looked like in different periods of history: in the time of Yuri Dolgoruky, during the Tatar invasion, the 1812 Patriotic War and April 1961 when people rejoiced when they saw Yuri Gagarin.

A camera containing four lenses makes the pictures look as realistic as possible. This was used to create the first multimedia show about Russian history, with a 32-channel sound system and wind and smoke generators making the journey even more true-to-life. People don’t have to be glued to their seats all the time but can wonder freely around the hall whenever they want.

Films begin every 40–60 minutes.

Details are available here.

Going underground

After several “flights” visitors can go down into an underground museum located at the entrance to the park from Moskvoretskaya Embankment. Here they will see rare exhibits and historical characters.

The exhibition centres around a piece of the 16th century Kitai-Gorod wall, which defended one of the most ancient districts in Moscow for four hundred years. The fragment was found during an archaeological dig carried out before the park was created. It also includes authentic weapons found by archaeologists: spears, stone and cast iron cannon balls, pieces of armour and firearms as well as shoes, plates, decorations and even toys that belonged to middle class people at that time.

One glass display case has a projection of a 1612 people’s militia man and another one a rich Moscow merchant. Near the exit visitors can go back in time and speak with the architect of the Kitai-Gorod wall.

Pictures taken together with a 17th century soldier will be possible as well as a chance to try on a helmet and get to know how it feels to wear bracers which once belonged to a local nobleman. Various chain mail items will be around including bakhterets which visitors will be allowed to touch.

Sessions begin every 20 minutes.

Tickets are available here.

Becoming a polar explorer

It is not necessary to leave Moscow to see the magnificent northern nature as a visit to the ice cave in Zaryadye is enough. Artist Alexander Ponomaryov and architect Alexei Kozyr created an art installation that makes it possible to experience a super cold trip whatever the weather. Ice crystals form in the cave just like in nature. In order to create a beautiful ice landscape covering 750 sq m, about 70 tonnes of water had to be frozen in 14 km of curved metal pipes.

Warning: A good sweater is needed for this nippy trip.

The schedule and tickets can be found here.

Visiting a tropical forest

Florarium visitors can see plants growing in test tubes as well as other botanic experiments which are being carried out. Florarium is an unusual two-level greenhouse with special lighting and aeroponic equipment that allows plants to grow without requiring any soil. This same mechanism is used during present day seed selection and can also be found aboard the ISS. The florarium’s engineering systems maintain the humidity, air temperature and lighting necessary for the plants.

Orchids, lychee, lemon, avocado, banana, medlar, hibiscus and coffee plants are just a few out of the 500 different kinds of plants that are on show in the green house. New items are constantly added to the collection, even thanks to visitors who bring remarkable plants from various cities and countries.

Tickets are available here.