The Museum of the Patriotic War of 1812 – The idea of opening a museum dedicated to the Patriotic War of 1812 came when French troops left Russia, and it was General Mikhail Kutuzov himself who wished to open a museum so that the memory of the war would never fade.
The undertaking of the museum formation project included the public in cooperation with historians, archeologists collectors and art experts. A special committee was formed with the goal of forming the museum collection as well as funds for the museum’s construction. The works which were to be displayed at the museum came from both private collectors and other existing museums, with some individual objects being bought abroad.
In 1912, on the 100th anniversary of the Patriotic War, the collection was displayed in the hall of the State Historical Museum in the Red Square. The exhibition was a great success, having been visited by over 40 thousand people. However, the opening of the new museum was postponed due to the outbreak of World War One, as well as by the start of the October Revolution.
On the 200th anniversary, the State Historical Museum, in agreement with the Russian government, put forward the idea of creating a specially designed pavilion, which would spread over an area of 2000m2. The old collection was displayed and expanded even more. As public interest in the collection grew, the Russian government aided the opening of the museum in 2012.
Today, the museum is divided into themed sections, each of them being arranged chronologically. As the museum is dedicated to the Great Patriotic War, all of the objects displayed belong to the period when the war took place.
Ticket prices for the Museum of the Patriotic War of 1812
Regular ticket fee – 400 rubles
Open hours of the Museum of the Patriotic War of 1812
On Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays – between 10am and 5pm
On Fridays and Saturdays – between 10am and 8pm
The museum is closed on Tuesdays
photo credit: The Museum of the Patriotic War of 1812