Neft Interactive Training Centre Pavilion No. 25 Oil

Tomorrow from 10:00
About place

The Oil Pavilion is open to the public. You can buy tickets at the ticket offices of the pavilion.

The renovated Oil (Neft) pavilion will introduce visitors to the full production cycle of a vertically integrated oil company, from extraction to processing and sale. The centre's content and educational programmes are designed for a wide audience, from schoolchildren to industrial experts.

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Date of Construction, Author

It was built in 1954. Architects A. A. Tatsii, S. S. Ganeshin and I. M. Tamarkin.

Name Changes

In 1954–1955: White Beets; 1956–1957: Sugar; 1958: Geology, Oil, Gas; 1959–1963: Oil, Gas; 1963–1964: Fuel Industry;

Current State

The pavilion is now housing an interactive educational centre about the history of Russian oil and the progress of Russian science and technology.

The biggest multimedia exposition about oil in Russia is divided into 4 themed sections: Man and Oil, History, Technology, and Science. The Centre's design employs the most advanced technology: VR and AR, a hologram theatre, modern phygital solutions that unite the digital and physical worlds. The exhibition includes interactive multimedia installations, game apps and unique animated movies. There is a multi-functional room with a study and movie area for all your educational activities.

Day off
Tu — Fr
10:00 — 19:30
Sa, Su
11:00 — 20:30
с 10:00 до 16:00 по техническим причинам.
Payment by card
Tickets price

Excursions and programmes are arranged daily except Monday, from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM (the last excursion starts at 7:00 PM), upon prior registration.
To book an excursion: +7(495)933-18-13,

Adults (weekdays)
RUB 350
Adults (weekends)
RUB 400
Workers in the oil industry
RUB 50
Free admission
Free admission is granted to the following categories of visitors (upon presentation of a verification document): — Heroes of the Soviet Union and Heroes of the Russian Federation and persons awarded the Order of Glory of any degree; veterans of the Great Patriotic War and other military operations; — pensioners; — liquidators of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster; — people with disabilities of groups I through III, accompanying persons of people with disabilities of groups I through III and of children with disabilities; tourist groups, student and school groups; — students of secondary and higher educational institutions of the Russian Federation and the CIS countries; — children aged 17 and younger; students of such educational institutions as orphanages, rehabilitation centres, centres of social assistance to families and children; — members of large families; — ICOM members; — museum workers and official media representatives.
Additional services
Sightseeing Tour
A sightseeing tour allows you to see all four halls dedicated to the history, progress and technological innovations in the oil industry. Duration: 60 to 90 minutes. Available languages: Russian, English. Groups of up to 7 people (in Russian) – RUB 2,700 Groups of up to 12 people (in Russian) – RUB 3,500 Groups of up to 7 people (in English) – RUB 3,500 Groups of up to 12 people (in English) – RUB 6,000
History of the Oil Industry
Themed excursion
The excursion will tell you about the history of the oil industry in Russia, from the first amateur extractors to the first vertically integrated oil company. It contains information about key events of the Russian oil industry and lives of the businesspeople, scientists and engineers who made significant contributions to the growth of this industry. Duration: 90 minutes Groups of up to 7 people – RUB 1,700 Groups of up to 12 people – RUB 3,500
Oil Science Technologies of the Oil Industry: Complex Matters in Simple Words
Themed excursion
From this excursion, you will learn about all the stages of one of the most hi-tech industries: the extraction, transportation and processing of oil, starting from prospecting and exploration to the manufacture of oil products. Duration: 90 minutes Groups of up to 7 people – RUB 1,700 Groups of up to 12 people – RUB 3,500
History of Pavilion No. 25: 1939 to 2020. From Sugar Beets to Oil
Themed excursion
The excursion explores Pavilion No. 25. Its history is closely connected to the history of our nation and to the over 80-year long history of VDNH. Duration: 90 minutes Groups of up to 7 people – RUB 1,700 Groups of up to 12 people – RUB 5,500
I Want to Become an Oil Worker
Excursion for children
This programme was designed for students of forms 1 through 4 in a game format: children will go on a journey to the 'Palace of Oil' and try their hand at the most popular oil careers. After the excursion, every young oil worker will get a certificate with their name on it. Duration: 60–90 minutes Groups of up to 7 people + 2 accompanying persons – RUB 1,700 Groups of up to 12 people + 2 accompanying persons – RUB 3,500
Man and Oil
Excursion for children
The excursion was designed especially for kids in the 5th through 9th years of school. They will find out what oil is, how people learned to extract it, how it is extracted and processed now and how we use its products in our lives. Duration: 60–90 minutes Groups of up to 7 people + 2 accompanying persons – RUB 1,700 Groups of up to 12 people + 2 accompanying persons – RUB 3,500
Young Oil Workers
Programme for school groups
The programme is designed for forms 1 through 7 and is held in the format of a school excursion. Children will learn about the history and technological processes of the oil industry and try on the roles of different oil professionals using interactive multimedia devices. Each participant will get a medal and a certificate to verify their newly gained expertise. Duration: 90 minutes Groups of up to 24 people + 2 accompanying persons – RUB 10,000
119 Mira Avenue, Pavilion No. 25


Designed based on the project by A. A. Tatsii, I. M. Tamarkin and S. S. Ganeshin, in 1954 Pavilion No. 25 replaced the exposition building created by the architect I. Makaveev. Since it was dedicated to a branch of agriculture, it became an important element of Michurin's garden.

The eclectic composition of the pavilion combines features of classicism and traditional Russian architecture. The socle part of this two-floor pavilion is a gallery with narrow archways that make the building look higher. The façade and outer corner towers are decorated with inlays in the style of Russian terems (chambers in rich houses). The towers are topped with massive spires.

The side and the back walls of the pavilion have arched windows as a continuation of the rhythm set by the façade. A part of the wall under the windows is decorated with a relief in the shape of sugar cubes.

The second floor of the pavilion is topped with a classic pediment with a rosette window in the middle. The window has a star-shaped insertion and a prominent pattern of stylised beet leaves. Decorative vases highlight the corners of the pediment.

By its 10th birthday, the pavilion had been actively used for demonstration of accomplishments in heavy industry and won the medals Oil Derrick and Oil of the USSR, situated on both sides of the central entrance.

History of Expositions

The White Beets exposition, for which Pavilion No. 25 was initially created, demonstrated the best practices of the USSR in beet farming. Here one could learn about new varieties of white beet and the industrial processing of it, about the fertilisers that helped increase the quality and yield, about the pesticides used and about the mechanisation and future of this industry. The small cinema hall showed educational films about beets. Apart from that, there was a plot of land near the pavilion with samples of various white beet varieties and a platform with machinery used in agricultural activities.

In 1956, the contents of the exposition were changed after it became a part of the All-Union Industrial Exhibition, and the pavilion got a new name—Sugar.

In 1958, it housed the exposition Geology, Oil, Gas, although a year later, the first sector was taken away from it entirely, and later, it was transformed into the Fuel Industry exposition.

Pavilion No. 25 got its current name, Oil Industry, in 1964. Now its contents reflect the industry of extracting, transporting and processing oil. The demonstration platform next to the pavilion featured models of oil derricks and various machinery used in the automatisation of the oil industry. In the 1990s, the pavilion was closed.

From 2018 to 2019, the pavilion was under reconstruction, returning it to its 1954 appearance, including the spires and stucco on the façade. At the moment, the renovated building hosts the exposition of the Interactive Educational Centre, Oil pavilion. It describes the history of Russian oil and the progress of Russian science and technology.

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