Museums at Night 2017 at VDNH

This year, for the fifth time in a row, the Main Exhibition of Russia is joining the global Museums at Night campaign, being held in the night of 20 May 2017. Guests will have an opportunity for free visiting of the "TAKEOFF. Exhibition-Forecast" and the Buran Interactive Museum Complex, creating a piece of art for the Maximum Close-up Exhibition at the Polytechnic Museum, as well as participating in free sightseeing tours around VDNH.

Sightseeing tours

On Saturday night (20 May), VDNH will reveal many of its secrets to guests taking sightseeing tours. Excursionists will learn little-known facts about the places that many of them have enjoyed since childhood. Guests will rediscover the famous fountains and pavilions, authentic vases, mosaics and panels. The educational tour starts from the arch near the Main Entrance. Then, guests will follow the Central Alley to the Central Pavilion No. 1, further proceeding along the Main Alley to the famous Friendship of Nations and Stone Flower fountains. The sightseeing tours are especially popular among the Exhibition visitors, interest in which never fades. And now, as part of the Museums at Night campaign, these tours will be given totally free of charge.

Each tour starts at the VDNH Sightseeing Tour Agency, near the arch of the Main Entrance at 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Each group consists of up to 50 people maximum.

Buran Interactive Museum Complex

Those interested in space technologies are welcome to visit the Buran Interactive Museum Complex that is located inside the model of the Buran BTS-001 Shuttle, near Pavilion No. 20. Here, you not only can learn about the origins of the legendary space shuttle, but also try to land it, in real time mode, virtually, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Guests will learn about the history of the Buran in the format of an educational excursion.

As part of the Museums at Night campaign, these group excursions will be offered free of charge from 6:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. (midnight), with admission being on a first-come, first-served basis.


Fans of modern art are welcome to visit the "Exhibition-Forecast" at Pavilion No. 16 "Hydro-meteorology", which is being held as part of the TAKEOFF project. This project unites the works of young artists, which professionals consider as the future stars of Russian art. The exposition consists of about 40 works that forecast the future. They all reflect different aspects of forecasting: anticipation of trends, data analysis and inevitable deviations from the general dynamics. These are united in three conceptual areas within the exposition: Premonition, Knowledge and Chance Events.

Admission will be free of charge from 6:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. (midnight).

Master classes at the Exhibition "Russia Does It Itself"

The exposition "Russia Does It Itself" at Pavilion No. 26 "Transport" will host a number of entertaining master classes on creating pieces of art from plastic bottles, which afterwards can either taken home or left there to be publicly displayed at the Maximum Close-Up Exhibition. To paricipate in the master classes, you need to bring at least five plastic bottles with you, of any size and in any colour.

In addition, during the master classes, professional mime artists will "talk" with visitors about nuclear waste disposal, space rubbish, acoustic ecology and collection of separated waste. Performance themes center around the historical exhibits of the Polytechnic Museum. Those who wish to participate in the creative master classes should also bring some bottle caps with them. Mime artists will perform extra scenes in exchange of these caps.

Master classes on creating of pieces of art will be held from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Admission to the exposition "Russia Does It Itself" is free of charge and the master classes are also offered for free.