Sunbathing, skateboarding, sculpture gazing: can you do it all without leaving downtown Moscow?

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The choice of places for a stroll on a summer day in Moscow is endless, but still the most frequented are centrally located Gorky Park and Muzeon Park of Arts. These two parks are visited during our Red Capital tour, as they are authentic silent witnesses of the Soviet era landscape architecture and monumental sculpture. Here are some other reasons why you should definitely include these two outdoor locales into your Moscow discovery.

Muzeon Park of Arts is good not only for art aficionados

Museon Art Park is also called “Park of Fallen Idols” and it possesses an outstanding collection of sculptures of the 19th and 20th centuries. The most notable are the Soviet monuments saved from destruction in 1991, including monuments to the author of class struggle theory Karl Marx, the leader of world proletariat Vladimir Lenin and Dictator Joseph Stalin. Just a few steps away from the Park you will also find the new building of the Tretyakov gallery that exhibits art of 20th century, which turns the entire Park and surrounding area into a must-visit place for a tourist interested in Soviet period history and culture.

The Park is open daily from 8:00 to 23:00 in summer and from 8:00 to 22:00 in autumn and winter.

Gorky Park is proudly called “Main Park of the country” as it is a favorite place of Muscovites.

Its territory ocupies more than 219 hectares! It includes Gorky Park itself and other popular outdoor venues as Muzeon, Neskuchny Garden and Vorobyovy Gory. You may get to know the park’s development history in Gorky Park Museum which is open from Tuesday till Sunday from 11am to 10pm. The Museum boasts 18 meters high observation deck with stunning views over the Park, the river and downtown Moscow.

Moscow river embankment in Gorky park

One of the most tranquil and peaceful locations in the Park is Golitsynsky pond. Here it is pleasant both to work and to have rest: open wi-fi network and deck-chairs will help you enjoy the location. At Pioneer pond, the world-known Russian writer Chekhov used to fish, and legendary opera singer Feodor Chaliapin used to skate. You may just rest here on a bench or in a lounge chair, have a quick snack in a cafeteria or even rent a paddle boat. Another location for sunbathing and other beach pleasures is located on Pushkinskaya embankment and it is called Olive beach.

There is something interesting to do for everybody, from yoga to skateboarding, dance open lessons, sunbathing or eating out with live jazz comp.

The Park also has an open-air summer cinema “Pioneer”. Here they show new festival cinema, classics of world cinematograph, art house movies and others that are not broadcast in the majority of Moscow cinemas. Showtime can be found on the official website of the Gorky Park.

Recently Gorky Park also became an art venue giving home to Garage Museum of Contemporary Art: in 2012 Garage relocated to a temporary pavilion in Gorky Park and a year later, a purpose-built Education Center was opened next to the Pavilion. In June 2015, Garage moved to its first permanent home: famous former 1968 Soviet Modernist restaurant Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Year). Now Garage is a unique art archive related to the development of Russian contemporary art from the 1950s through the present. Garage Museum is open daily from 11am to 10pm. You may also visit it with our professional art guides as a part of you custom made tour. Just drop us an e-mail at and tell us when you whant to visit it, who will join you and what else you would love to see.


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