The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy is the largest exposition, museum and recreational complex in the world, one of the most popular public spaces of the capital city of Russia. Each year, it is visited by about 25 million people.
The Exhibition was opened on 1 August 1939. Its name has changed several times (VSHV, VPV, VDNH USSR, VVC).
In the spring of 2014, the Moscow Government launched a large-scale project to revive VDNH, in honour of the 75th Anniversary of the Country's Main Exhibition. At the initiative of the Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin, and based on the results of e-voting by city residents, the complex was returned its legendary historical name of the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy.
VDNH is connected with Ostankino Park, and the total area of the two is more than 317 hectares (area of VDNH is 235.5 ha and the area of Ostankino is 81.5 ha). The territory of VDNH is home to many masterpieces of architecture, large and small park constructions, including unique fountains, with 49 objects of the Exhibition being recognised as monuments of cultural heritage.
Over 100 international business exhibitions and congresses are held at VDNH every year, as well as dozens of festivals and holidays, and new museum expositions are also created there. Now, with the revival of the Green Theatre, which was opened on 1 August 2014, the Exhibition also acquired the status of a popular summer concert venue, where the best musicians, stand-up comedians, and artists of Russian and world scale come to perform.
In 2016, began a new phase in the history of VDNH, with the start of a large-scale reconstruction of the territory and development of the Exhibition. The main phase of works will be carried out on a tight schedule, and will finish in 2018. After the implementation of this programme, VDNH will not only be the Country's Main Exhibition with a collection of the most interesting things in Russia, but will also become the main educational, entertainment, cultural, museum and recreational complex. This will help increase attendance at VDNH up to 40 million people per year.
According to the development plan for VDNH, its territory will be divided into 7 park zones, each of which will have its own theme, image and purpose (Central Alley, Thematic Amusement Park, Landscaping Park, Park of Crafts, Knowledge Park, EXPO Zone, and Ostankino Park).