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Best Hidden Gems in Moscow

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Sakharok

This small jewelry store carries rings, earrings, bracelets, and other jewelry generally made in Russia, either by large designer companies or local artists and newcomers. The store, which sits on the second floor, heeds a design aesthetic of minimalism and simplicity with a focus on form and geometric beauty in brass, silver, gold, and natural stone. Shipping within Moscow and out is available.

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Hidden Bar

Look out for their sign in the entrance, once you are inside, you will find this cocktail bar has a cozy ambiance to it. The Hidden Bar with its leather couches and myriad posters, and frames is a nice place to hangout. This late night destination is known for its live concerts and DJ nights. Sway to the tunes of talented artists and enjoy a choice drink from their bar. Nosh on tasty bites to curb your hunger pangs.

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Zoological Museum of Moscow University

Zoological Museum of Moscow University started as an office of the natural history department at the Imperial Moscow University in 1791. Almost every one of its artifacts was destroyed during the great 1812 Moscow fire, apart from some corals and mollusks. Between 1898-1901, a building in the center of Moscow was constructed specially for the museum. The museum has more than 4,500,000 individual artifacts, 3,000,000 of which are insect samples. Others include mammals, birds, mollusks, and shells. The permanent exhibition presents more than 7,500 of these pieces. The more interesting exhibits are a complete skeleton of a stellar sea cow and a stuffed traveling pigeon, both of these species have been extinct for more than 200 years.

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Children are the Victims of Adult Vices

Children are the Victims of Adult Vices is a captivating public artwork on Bolotnaya Square. Created by Mihail Chemiakin, a Russian artist, it comprises of 13 statutes encircling those of two children playing. The surrounding sculptures each represent social evils including alcoholism, drug addiction, poverty, child labour, war and violence. Another highlight is the statue of an indifferent man, a thought-provoking feature indeed.

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Lights of Moscow Museum

This is an unusual subject for a museum - think about how you would go about lighting a major capital city through the ages and you'll get the general idea. You'll find the history of Moscow's street lighting from 1730 to the present day, from wooden torches through to gas lamps and lanterns to modern-day lampposts. There are plenty of photographs and drawings, including some interesting depictions of Moscow being illuminated in a glittering celebration of victory at the end of WWII.

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Boy Cut

At Boy Cut, you can get the most trendy haircut from the coolest barbers in the City. Get haircut for yourself, your son, uncle, and father, and step out looking like the most stylish squad in all of Moscow. You can also get your beard and mustache cut and styled in the latest look. What's more, they give you a discount if you get your son along for a haircut, and treat you with cappuccino and amazing conversations anyway. Regulars vouch that it is a nice place to be in, either for cuts or for chats.

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Clean Ponds

Located in the Boulevard ring, Clean ponds is a beautiful and large water body formed due to a dam constructed on the Rachka River three centuries ago but today is maintained by a network of water pipes. In the 17th century, the pond was a local garbage dumping place but was later cleaned and maintained by Prince Menshikov, a Russian statesman. It has ever since maintained by the local council and is a popular tourist attraction today, surrounded by large mature trees and stunningly lit up at night by overhead hanging lights. A number of swans and ducks are spotted swimming here during the summer and in the winter, the water completely freezes over and becomes an ice skating rink for the locals.

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Lunarium Interactive Museum

The Lunarium Interactive Museum is a unique museum located in the heart of Moscow city, where visitors can engage in direct interaction with the exhibits on display. The museum has been divided into two sections, namely exploring the space and physics and astronomy. In the exploration section, visitors can get a feel of a real space station, discover interplanetary travels, understand the trappings of a lunar laboratory, attempt to communicate with aliens and lots more. While in the physics and astronomy section, one will get a chance to be a researcher and can create artificial clouds, generate electricity or simply ride a space bike and try out many more exciting activities. The museum is very popular with both children and adults, and the staff is very helpful, and will happily guide you with anything you want to explore.

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Moscow Metro

In 1935 millions of Muscovites celebrated the opening of the first line of the Moscow Metro. Initially linking what was then the outskirts Sokolniki (North) to the downtown Gorkii Park (Park of Recreation and Culture), the line numbered only 13 stations, all designed and decorated by prominent Russian sculptors, architects and artists. To many it is still a peculiar sort of, 'museum' rather than a convenience and a means of transportation. Many stations are of great architectural interest; 'Kievskaia' contains mosaics depicting scenes from Ukrainian history, while, 'Maiakovskaia' is constructed using a combination of stainless steel and marble.

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Museum of Gulag

Gulag was a government agency which chiefly administered the Soviet run labor camps during the 1930s, 40s and 50s. The stories of the prisoners in these camps is documented in the Museum of Gulag. Established in the year 2001 by Anton Antonov-Ovseenko, the museum displays the memoirs, letters and other documents of these prisoners. Exhibitions of their personal belongings and artwork by the former prisoners are also displayed here. Along with its own collection, the museum also has temporary exhibitions of artifacts from other museums, individual painters and photographers and the archives.

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Bunker 42

Bunker 42 is one of the many secret bunkers of Joseph Stalin, located in the heart of the city. This 75,347 square foot (7,000 square meters) bunker has now been converted into a cold war museum where you can learn more about the near nuclear confrontations between the Soviet Union and the United States. Take a tour of one of Moscow's biggest secrets and relive the glory days of communist Russia. You must definitely visit Bunker 42 if you're an avid follower of war history.

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Freak Frak

A staple of the Moscow shopping scene since 1997, Freak Frak is the largest vintage shop in the city. Truly vintage, Freak Frak only carries items that are 20 years or older from prominent brand names and labels. The shop prides itself of having over 12,000 hangers with unique pieces on each and every one.

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