Admission to VDNKh museums to be free through 2020

Admission to VDNKh museums to be free through 2020
Photo: Press Service of Moscow Mayor and the Moscow Government. Evgeny Samarin
Visit Slovo Slavic Writing Centre, VDNKh Museum, Buran Interactive Museum Complex, and Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre Tuesday to Friday, 11:00 am till 03:00 pm.

VDNKh extends one of the most popular campaigns launched in the anniversary season. Exhibition projects of Russia's chief exhibition will be available for free until the end of 2020. Enjoy free admission to the Slovo Slavic Writing Centre, VDNKh Museum, Buran Interactive Museum Complex, and the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre.

Tuesday to Friday, 11:00 am till 03:00 pm, you are welcome to find out about the achievements of Russian cosmonautics, trace the evolution of the Cyrillic alphabet, learn about what happened to the Soviet Buran orbital boost-glide aircraft, and take a trip through the 80-year history of VDNKh. Monday is an upkeep day.

Photo: Press Service of Moscow Mayor and the Moscow Government. Evgeny Samarin

The anniversary campaign which started on the eve of VDNKh’s 80th anniversary has been met with great interest by Muscovites and Moscow guests. In six months, over 150,000 people have visited permanent displays and temporary exhibitions during free hours.

Other benefits will also be available in 2020. Every third Sunday of the month, 11:00 am till 10:00 pm, you can visit VDNKh Museum, Buran Complex and the Slovo Centre for free. All VDNKh's museum and exhibition projects offer free admission any day except Monday for disabled children, orphans and parentless children, children under 6, disabled people (Group 1 and Group 2), multi-child family members, WWII veterans, and schoolchildren within guided tours. The full list of benefits is available on the websites of the exhibition museums.

In 2019, VDNKh turned 80. The history of the chief exhibition of Russia started on 1 August 1939. Its name changed for several times: VSKHV, VPV, VDNKh, VVTs. The complex’s present name has been chosen by Muscovites within the Active Citizen project.

VDNKh's history had periods when the pavilions served as trade spots, with illegally constructed trade stalls on the grounds.  Late in 2013, by decree of the President of Russia, the ownership of VDNKh was transferred to Moscow. In spring 2014, the revival of Russia's major exhibition was launched, with all illegal facilities demolished, the grounds landscaped and merged with Ostankino Park.  After the emergency work to preserve architectural monuments, a big program of historical pavilions restoration launched.

In 2017, phase 2 of VDNK's revival started, with a comprehensive program to restore historical monuments launched at the exhibition. In a year and a half, 20 of the 49 cultural heritage sites were restored. Comprehensive scientific restoration has been completed on 14 of them.

Currently, VDNKh has 12 museums.

It is planned to further develop VDNKh as the largest cultural, educational and recreational.