I took us 5 hrs to get round inc Lunch.A great day out very helpful staff.Had a look at the Tiger from the the Film Fury.
Taking the train to Kubinka in a country where English is little understood and no visible signs to guide the solo tourist was a challenge.Walking through the gate and seeing rows and rows of buildings full of military vehicles was awesome. The downside is that the descriptions are all in Russian. But it was an experience to see so many tanks and military vehicles. Well worth a visit.
nice overview of tanks from the start upto the end of the 90s. went by train from moscow belarus station towards kubinka. got a taxi at the train station, got their card to call when we wanted to go back. lucky with our limited russian it was enough to say tank museum. the distance from the station to the museum isn't really the issue, but you have to cross a high way, so taxi is pretty much the only option.visited this museum during a trip to moscow and st petersburg around the end of october / begin november. the price has gone up a bit, 1200 for foreigners, thought the camera fee is now only 300. didn't have to show or leave copy passport / visa.
We got the train out from moscow return journey costing 240 rubles then a taxi from the station to the tank museum costing 200 rubles, it all looks a bit dodgy but we'll worth the trip! Very little in the way of English translations but then that's kinda how it is out here!
Visited Kubinka on August 1 2014.It is a bit of a drive if you're staying in Moscow, but well worth it! There are 8 hangars full to the brim with armored vehicles from different nations, as well as several tanks to see outside, some of which we were allowed to climb on and into.The only drawback is that the food on site is pretty bad, and the bathrooms are horrendous.Make sure to bring your camera and extra film/batteries depending on what you use. The Maus and Karl vehicles in the German hangar are very impressive. Truly a memorable experience.If you speak Russian, try not to let the admissions desk know that you are a foreign citizen as they'll charge you more than double. (It's 200 rubles per person for Russians and 600 per person plus another 600 for camera privileges for foreign citizens).I'd recommend this trip for anyone interested in armored vehicles, WWI / WW2 history, or for someone who just wants to have an experience not possible in most other parts of the world.P.S. for those of you who would like to see some tanks / historical vehicles but don't want to make the long drive and endure the sub-par bathrooms, there is another such museum closer to Moscow. It's collection is not as large but still a great experience. We went to and loved both.
If u got boys it is defenetly forth a drive. Biggest collection of ww2 i have seen, all in good shape
I'm not a connoisseur, but I'm impressed! It's certainly the biggest collection in the World - perfectly represented. The equipment is in immaculate condition, perfectly classified. Lovely grounds ( alleys of silver spruces, flower beds, lawns!). My son, who is an avid tank enthusiast - "The World of Tanks" is his "lego"!) was very genuinely pleased ( and he is NOT an easy-to-please chap!). If you get the hang of it you can spend hours there - so, be prepared! Get plenty of drinks ( if it's summer!) and a hearty snack! Three cheers to organizers! Greatest project of all! Well done, Russia!
One of our party is an avid tank enthusiast and he was like a kid at Christmas when he saw all of the tanks and other military vehicles on display. At the moment, everything is labelled in Russian so you'll need a translator if you have specific questions. For the rest of us, we were happy wandering around the six hangars and soaking up the atmosphere. We were even treated to a free aerial display as the air force were practicing for an air show.The toilet facilities were dreadful ( four holes in the ground separated by a metre high wall of concrete and you can be seen from the door). Hold it in or buy a stadium pal!My pidgin Russian leaves a lot to be desired but a little goes a long way. We didn't get charged the photography fee and we weren't even asked to provide copies of our passports and visas (although we did have them with us). The security staff even helped us to secure a taxi to get back to the train station. We had a great time wandering about in the sunshine staring goggle eyed at the tanks, it's a shame this place doesn't really crop in many guide books as it was pretty easy to reach from Moscow. I've attached a copy of an email I received when I wrote asking for information, everything you need is there so, I hope it helps.'If you are going to visit Kubinka Tank Museum, you should bring copies of the first pages of your passports (the page with name, surname, passport number, photo) and leave it at the cash desk at the entrance, where you will buy the tickets. Ticket (per person) – 600 roublesPhoto/video (per person) – 600 roublesThat is all you need to get the permission to visit our museum. The Museum doesn't bear the responsibility for any other matters (any changes in timetable of trains, for example), which are not related directly to the Museum. You can get to the Museum by local train (Belorusskiy railway station (if you are using underground railway in Moscow, you should get to Belorusskaya station first), the average time of Moscow-Kubinka trip is 1 hour and 10 minutes, also the express trains that a bit more comfortable and 15 minutes faster are available. Ticket price - 117 / 140 roubles ). After arriving to Kubinka, you will see the way out from the platform and you should go upstairs then turn to the left, go downstairs till you notice taxi standing near Kubinka's railway station entrance or somewhere around. Then it would be necessary to take local taxi, because the Museum is situated a bit far from the railway station (average price - 200-250 roubles). Just ask a driver to bring you to the Tank Museum. This link will help you to check the timetable of trainshttp://rasp.yandex.ru/search/suburban/Best regards,The management of The Central museum of armored arms and engineering'
It is very professional great for people with kids or adventure seeking adults it is an overall great place and great for learning history.
I've been looking forward to visiting this museum for years, even more so after the entry was made easier for foreigners. It was like a dream come true!It's about 40-50 km to the west of Moscow and best to go there by car (I hear its also possible to get here by train but luckily I had a rented car). It's right next to the Moscow-Minsk highway in the fields.The museum is actually made of 8 hangars (if winter be advised - NO HEATING!) - one for German WW 2, one for Anglo-American WW 2 tanks, one for Japan/Hungary/Sweden/Italy/France, and the rest for different soviet tanks (medium, heavy, armored vehicles of different periods). In between the hangars there are a few tanks and an armored train wagon with 3 turrets that's on it's way to Leningrad I believe. Also you can find a souvenir shop outside and field kitchen tent (maybe it's a caffe during summer?). There are smaller souvenir boxes in every hangar also. I've spent quite a lot on different souvenirs with Maus as the main character, from mugs to magnets. Watch out if there's snow on the paths because there can be ice underneath. I've kissed the floor at least once.The ticket price is 600 RUB + 600 RUB for photography. You need a COPY of your PASSPORT to get in but the lady at the gates was surprised to see 5 tourists in the middle of winter so she didn't make any problems for us and also let me in without having to pay for the photography permission. First bonus thing in Russia I must admit!The greatest part of the exhibition is the German hangar of course and it looks like it is the most kept/modern one. The famous Maus tank is amazing to gaze upon! And the Karl-Gerate is just as awe inspiring. Every other great German WW 2 tank is here so for any WW 2 or tank enthusiast this museum is a Mecca. Even the strange Kugelpanzer can be seen here.The Soviet (Super) Heavies are also worthy of a shrine. The T-35, SU-14-2, SU-100Y at the entrance are behemoths come alive. And the rest of the hangar is just as special, the Objekt 279 with it's four tracks is another special piece of history. You can find all kinds of Soviet tanks and variants of tanks and different prototypes since the Soviets take 4 whole hangars. Some tank engines can be seen and layouts of the projectiles and whole rounds can be seen in one of the hangars. Some hard to find Hungarian tanks are also present alongside the turretless Swedish S-tank. Old WW I mark V British tank is here, flame throwing Crocodile and a little surprise from Canada.I could go on and on... this is one of my favorite things in Moscow and Russia and a valuable experience I'll remember forever. Get over here, take a reserve battery for the photo and enjoy some few thousand tons of military machinery! Also every World Of Tanks player will envy you forever. :)
Kubinka is another Tank Museum that has grown out of a military establishment, which may, in part, explain the cmplexities f te entry process for foreigners.I chose to use a travel agent to organise my trip, stating the visit to this collection as my prime objective, so I do not know exactly what formalities had to be completed, but on arrival we (my guide and I) were expected - the fee was paid and we were in.Unusually there is no gate uardian, bu in bout 100m you come to an open air display of soviet and of Lease Lend Tanks from the Great Patriotic War. Although open air these are in excellent condition. You can actually walk all round them!The majority of the collection is housed in 8 sheds, more or less split up by nationality. Many of the vehicles have been repainted and some of the colour schemes are distinctly garish! There is only 1 item that i view as erroneous - The CV3/33 has a square cupola over the Commander/gunner's position, which I believe was only seen on Command Tanks of the Honved (Hungarian Army).Many of the vehicles are quite simply unique -the Vickers Model 1937 Light Tank the hungarian collectio, Nimrod, Toldi, Turan and Zrinyi. The german collection includes the only example of german humour - the Maus, but otherwise has xamples of the main types.If anything the soviet collection is the most sparse! But it also contains the single most impressive vehicle, at least for me, the T35i know that this vehicle is remarkably long, and tall for its width! Standing next to it rammed that fact home. Whilst it must have been an impressive sight trundling across Red Square, the thought o actually trying to fight the vehicle, in the field horrifies me!Of little interest for me, but not perhaps for other are the large number of "Objekts" - experimental types.Not an easy collection to visit, for the foreigner, at any rate, for any serious student of "Tankology" it is a Mecca!
Reference a recent review emphasising the removal of all restrictions on Foreigners and their cameras/photography I would like to point out that I went to this museum in early August 2013 ALONE and merely presented a PHOTOCOPY of my passport PHOTOPAGE as identity. The entry for Foreigners is 600rbls plus 600rbls for the camera. If you are short of a rbl and have a late model phone with a good camera in it you could dodge this fee quite easily as no receipt for your camera fee is issued or wristband provided as in some other Russian museums. But for 600rbls I came away with over 800 fantastic shots of some amazing exhibits. I used a Sony DSLR with a VERY PROFESSIONAL looking 18-250mm lens and took pics from ALL angles (and then some )Down side is the LACK of Multilanguage signage and there is a solitary refreshment kiosk near the entrance. Also no high quality photo souvenir book is offered (very unusual for a Russian museum0 - just model tanks and hats badges etc etc.Reference transport -- take the 'elektrichka' to Kubinka #2 (the vokzal -main station) and get a taxi for 2-300 rbls. Be sure to get the drivers business card as there is no taxi rank or bus stop at the museum and you will need to call a taxi to take you back to the vokzal to catch the return elektrichka . I think I caught the elek at Begovaya Metro rather than Belorussiya Metro but that is of no importance. All in all a fantastic exhibition and a great day out for any military arms and armour enthusiast.Wikipedia site says Foreigners are under constant surveillance by the FSB (KGB) but those days are long gone I think. I 'invited attention' with my camera activities and got NONE.
Starting from August 2013, no more permission/booking is required to visit the place for foreigners, and more important no more photography restriction ! You can take pictures as much as you can at all angles, and I had a Canon 7D with a 24-105mm lens with me so the ban on professional lenses is lifted.The only requirement is that you should be accompanied by a russian citizen (they didn't even ask to see our passports although they knew well that we were not russians)A really great place for all military hardware lovers, at the time we were there (August 2013) they were moving some tanks to the outside, and we were surprised to see their engines still working !A total of 8 hangars with a huge collection.600 rub entrance + 600 rub photography
Oleg my tour guide was great from picking me up at the hotel and dropping me off afterwards . His knowledge about all the tanks and transport vehicles that we're on display was truly amazing . The collection is one of the best in the world and the largest I believe they're were so many unique pieces from the awesome Maus German tank to the fearless IS 3 Stalin tank , Oleg you were great thanks for making my trip one to remember forever.
This is a great мagnificent museum, which was interesting even to me - the person does not interest armored vehicles. My son is 14 years old had a real ecstasy. Big territory in which the collected tanks and armored vehicles from Russia and other countries. Beautiful exposure, interesting souvenirs and opportunities for photography. Disadvantages - it's not comfortable toilets (one toilet is "historic" - the acting sample regimental toilet of 1938, and near entrance - a few cabins bio-toilets). The main problem - it is the road. No problem to find on the Belarus railway station the train to the station Kubinka (over an hour away, 115 rubles). The problem is the road from the station to the museum, and, most importantly, vice versa. From the station you can take the shuttle bus number 59 and go out when will see the big tank. After you will go else 10-15 minutes from road till entrance in museum (and do not hope to see at least some signs then you go right and will come to museum). But way till station will be worse. Because when you come back on the road, you will realize that there is no bus stop, just as there is no possibility of somewhere to get up and try to catch bus (there is no pedestrian crossing and a place where pedestrians can stand on the highway). Walking distance to the station about 30 minutes, but the lack of signs and pedestrian areas on the highway, making the way is not very pleasant, and sometimes simply dangerous. BUT ... This museum is worthy to get to it, especially if you or your children are fond of military equipment.