Spoiled for choice, Moscow is chock full of museums on every theme, activity and personality. Up there with the mighty Tretyakov Gallery and the Pushkin Fine Arts, visitors can also make a visit to a number of fine medieval monasteries. These atmospheric places testify to Moscow's medieval soul. Don't miss them. Also on your list ought to be paying homage to one of the many writers who called Moscow home. The man responsible for War and Peace (the novel), Leo Tolstoy is remembered in one of Moscow's most impressive museums where you can even see his handmade boots!
Our tip: Tourism in Moscow is getting more and more user-friendly with every passing year, and the newly-unveiled Moscow Pass scheme is the latest step towards making Russia’s capital easier to explore. Borrowing a model familiar from many European capitals, the Moscow Pass offers free entry to 40 museums and 3 city tours, making it the perfect passport to get to know the place for first-time visitors.
As well as sightseeing, the pass also offers discounts at several restaurants around town and cut price places on an assortment of walking tours adapted to match the interests of any visitor. These include exploring the palatial Moscow metro and learning about the history and symbolism of the subterranean cathedrals of the city center, a night-life tour with a difference or even a chance to commission your own guide to tailor a trip for your personal passions.
Cards can be ordered online and delivered anywhere in the city. They are also on sale at Sheremetyevo Airport, the “I Love Moscow” outlet in GUM and at dozens of hotels and hostels around the city. A one-day pass is 2200Rbl, three days costs 4200Rlb and five days is 5200Rbl. Full details of offers and availability can be found at the website.