Cultural Growth Vitamins

Cultural Growth Vitamins
Cultural Growth Vitamins

Going to a museum is not boring at all. Teach your child to perceive beauty with pleasure.

Cultural Growth Vitamins

Once the very word "museum" was associated with silence, strict guides and dusty exhibits. It was difficult to drag a mobile child there even during studies, not to mention the weekends. Fortunately, museums are changing - becoming interactive, which means that now you can run, play and even hold exhibits in your hands

We all know roughly how to raise children. We make sure that they have proper nutrition, regularly take them for a walk, teach them to brush their teeth and wash their faces. We explain to them that it is not good to offend the weak, that one must be kind and honest. But, when we want to free up a couple of hours for ourselves, we turn on the video or TV without hesitation and leave the room with relief. Hooray! The child is "neutralized", we don't care about the rest. And by the way, in vain!

Why museums are important

Our children live in a rather aggressive environment. Reading primitive comics, looking through hastily translated collections of cartoons ten times, the child gets used to a miserable invented world where there are neither personalities nor real experiences. From the aggressive mass culture that has completely flooded the Russian market today, the child should be protected and protected, especially at an early age.

If we talk about cultural education, the first thing that comes to mind is the museum. The museum is a real symbol of culture, but, surprisingly, at the same time - a symbol of boredom and the Old Testament. Perhaps the reason for this is the peculiar atmosphere of most museums: silence, sometimes the clatter of numerous feet, the monotonous voices of guides. Can't run? Does it smell like dust? However, you can also fall in love with all this if you perceive the museum as a source of new information and useful energy. And many museums are becoming modern, interactive, which means you can run around and even hold unique exhibits in your hands!

You can visit museums when the child has learned to walk and at the same time look around. In many museums there are excursion programs for children and even classes for the little ones. The choice of museums is huge - in Moscow, for example, there are 438 of them! Historical, natural science, technical, artistic, musical, literary - choose what is closer to your child!


  • Moscow Kremlin, tel.: 203-03-49;
  • Historical Museum, tel.: 292-37-31;
  • Museum of the History of the City of Moscow, tel.: 924−84−90;
  • Museum of Archeology of Moscow, tel.: 292−16−64;
  • Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War, tel.: 142−41−85
  • Panorama "Battle of Borodino", tel.: 148−19−27;

    If a child loves history, you just need to visit the "Battle of Borodino"! "Panorama" in Greek - "I see everything around." And indeed, you seem to be transported back two hundred years and find yourself in the center of the Battle of Borodino - drums are beating, soldiers are shouting, a composition by P.I. Tchaikovsky "1812". The panorama was created by the famous battle painter F. Roubaud. The length of the canvas is 115 meters, the height is 15 meters. The exposition of the museum tells in detail about the events of the Patriotic War before and after the Battle of Borodino, about the uniforms and weapons of the Russian and French armies. For the youngest history buffs, there is a special interactive program “Let's Defend Our State”, where the children become participants in a real historical performance: they dress up in beautiful uniforms - someone will be a dashing hussar, and someone will get the role of a brave grenadier. And if the child has literary abilities, then he will be offered to compose a fairy tale about the adventures of a Russian soldier.


  • Tretyakov Gallery (in Lavrushinsky Lane), tel.: 951−13−62;
  • Tretyakov Gallery (on Krymsky Val), tel.: 238−13−78
  • Museum of Fine Arts. A.S. Pushkin, tel.: 203-74-12;

    V. Vasnetsov House-Museum, tel.: 281−13−29

  • Moscow House of Photography, tel.: 202−76−12;
  • Museum of Oriental Art, tel.: 291−82−19;
  • Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art, tel.: 921-01-39
  • Museum of Unique Dolls, tel.: 299−93−85

    In the very center of Moscow, unique creations of puppet masters of past centuries are kept. Girls, and of any age, are easier to get there than to take out! Two and a half thousand dolls - antique porcelain, wax and wood - a variety of household items, jewelry, dishes, doll houses and accurately conveying the traditions of their time. Unique exhibits are also presented, among them “fashionable ladies” - dolls in exquisite outfits, demonstrating the fashion of the second half of the 19th century and musical dolls set in motion by an old mechanism to melodic music. And those who love the fairy tale "Three Fat Men" will have a pleasant meeting with the doll of the heir Tutti. Each doll has its own unique story. After Malaya Dmitrovka, the nearest museum of this kind is in London.

Science and natural science

  • Biological Museum. K.A. Timiryazev, tel.: 252-07-49;
  • Zoological Museum of Moscow State University, tel.: 203−89−23;

  • Paleontological Museum. Yu.A. Orlova, tel.: 339−15−00;
  • Darwin Museum, tel.: 135-33-82;

    Darvinovsky is one of the most popular museums in Moscow among children. Young nature lovers will especially like it. Magnificent stuffed animals, scales on which you can measure your weight in mice or bears, a lot of paintings and sculptures… Most animals are shown in their natural habitat, among fellow jungles or savannahs, surrounded by their favorite vines or mosses. And you can “dive” into the depths of the sea on a bathyscaphe, looking through the porthole at herds of fish or octopuses. Spacious halls are able to cope with a very large flow of visitors. In each hall there are computers where you can get information not only about the museum's exposition, but also about the largest museums in the world. But the main thing that attracts children is that the museum is very "live". There is always something new here. One of the latest novelties is a light-video-musical exposition, which is not like in any European museum. Once a day on weekdays and three times on weekends, the lights are turned off in the central hall - and a 20-minute film on the history of the development of life on Earth begins to be broadcast. Another innovation is the so-called "paper guides". Schoolchildren who do not want to listen to the guide's lectures can purchase special guidebooks. Looking at the shop windows, the young visitor reads a brief explanation and answers the questions suggested in the booklet.


  • Polytechnic Museum, tel.: 923-07-56; Website
  • Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, tel.: 283−79−14
  • Railway Museum Tel: 266-04-69
  • Lomakov Museum of Vintage Cars and Motorcycles, tel.: 113−20−53

    It will be especially interesting for boys and their dads. Historical vintage cars, motorcycles and bicycles, hundreds of small exhibits in showcases, antique tools, clothing, a whole collection of car radios, and in the open area in front of the museum - vintage trucks and armored cars! Cars from the collection were filmed in the famous films “We are from Jazz”, “Operation-Cooperation”, “Hello! I am your aunt!" There are also unique exhibits in the museum: a hand-built Mercedes that Hitler gave to Eva Braun, the only surviving 1914 Peugeot motorcycle on the planet, miraculously preserved in its native emerald paint ZiS-310, which Stalin gave Alexy I. Experts call this car "Tsar-automobile".

    The tour is conducted by the director of the museum Dmitry Lomakin. The museum has a teenage club "Young Pathfinders of Automotive Oldies", where children are taught the basics of restoration art.


  • Museum of Musical Culture. M.I. Glinka, tel.: 972-32-37;
  • Museum of Russian Harmonica. A. Mireka, tel.: 251−67−30

    A fascinating journey into the world of music in A. Mirek's museum! The museum tells about the history of reed instruments: harmonica, button accordion, accordion. Unique documents, photographs, awards, posters, teaching aids complement and expand the understanding of the history of production and existence of the harmonica in Russia.

    On the tour, the guys, led by the guide, dance to the sounds of the smallest harmonica-turtle, button accordion and whistle. In the large hall of the museum there is a harmonica workshop with century-old drills and screwdrivers. And next door is a hall where you can listen to rare recordings performed by famous harmonists.

Museums for the little ones

  • Pinocchio Museum, tel.: 164-05-76
  • Museum "Grandfather Durov's Corner", tel.: 971−30−29;
  • House of fairy tales "Once upon a time", tel.: 974−61−87
  • Interactive Museum "Magic Primer", tel.: 148−34−45

    Magic Primer is an educational, artistic, interactive museum for children from 2 to 7 years old. Its main characters are letters. They are presented in a variety of guises - in the form of castles, dolls, costumes and even fragrances, for example, the letter "V" smells like vanilla! The largest collection of primers and alphabets in Moscow has been collected: old, national, foreign. The place of honor is the famous "Leo Tolstoy's Alphabet", and the exposition, located nearby, tells about how children studied in the old days: a collection of ancient writing materials, school fashion of the 19th-20th centuries. And in the "I'm starting to read" section, classes for children are held in a playful way. ABC Book Bukvarich, the Scientist Cat and the ABC Fairy teach children to read. Moms and dads will be interested in a collection of educational games for learning to read, as well as a book exhibition "Buki-Byaki" - books of poor quality and simply harmful to children.

    Museum tour ends with a theatrical performance.

Theatre, cinema, literature

  • State Museum of Children's Theatres, tel.: 289−15−54
  • Movie Museum: 255−90−57
  • N.E. Yermolova: 290−54−16
  • Theatrical Museum. A.A. Bakhrushina
  • Museum of V.V. Mayakovsky, tel.: 921−93−87
  • Museum of A.S. Pushkin, tel.: 201-56-74

How to teach a child to perceive beauty

  • Take the kids to the theater more often, starting with plays for the little ones.
  • Read good children's literature aloud to children (you can continue reading at home even if the child has already learned to read well on his own).
  • Talk about children's TV shows and movies with your child.
  • Try to take your kids to museums, exhibitions and tours, even if it will be troublesome for you.
  • Don't tell your child: it will be incomprehensible and uninteresting to you - by this you unwittingly program him. Your child is sure to discover something new and exciting for himself.
  • Go to museums with a group (parents+children). Let the children wander around the museum themselves, and share your impressions later - at home.
  • Be sure to go to the buffet during a break in the inspection of the exposition or later (if there is no buffet in the museum, visit a cafe with your children). This will help reinforce positive emotions!
  • Be fair and critical. Admire the museum you like and scold the one you didn't like. Explain why you think so. The main thing is to maintain interest in this topic.
  • Do not impose your tastes and interests on the child, be sensitive to his mood.
  • Try to visit all the sights even on a resort vacation. In every city (or its surroundings) there is a lot of interesting things.
  • Buy illustrated art books, view and discuss them with your child.
  • Visit and together with your child marvel at what museums exist in the world.

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