MOSCOW, January 2 (Itar-Tass) — Some 60 Moscow-based museums will be open for public free of charge in the period of New Year and Christmas holidays, i.e. from January 2 through January 9.
“Free entrance will be offered at museums that are reportable to the city’s department of culture,” a source in the Moscow Mayor’s Office told Itar-Tass on Monday.
Apart from free entrance, museums will offer excursions and on-line programs, exhibitions, master classes, and other services.
Thus, The State Darwin Museum will feature an exhibition entitled “On the Wings of a Dragon.” An exhibition of Christmas-tree decorations will be opened at the exhibition complex Worker and Kolkhoz Woman. The Museum of Cosmonautics will offer excursions Adventures of a Star Gazer and a Nymph, To the Outer Space with a Smile, and an on-line program “New Year Odyssey. Trans-force against Space Pirates.” The Tsaritsyno museum will offer an educational program New Year History, and the Shilov Gallery will hold a literary and musical performance for children and their parents. The GULAG history museum will offer a program entitled “Rehabilitated Christmas tree” dedicated to the history of New Year celebrations in the former Soviet Union in the 1930-1950s.
More than 10,000 tickets to children’s New Year shows have been distributed to children’s homes and among the low-income families.
It is expected that 150,000-200,000 people will visit Moscow’s museums in the period of winter holidays.
Apart from that, according to the source in the Moscow Mayor’s Office, entrance to museums will be free every third Sunday, beginning from January 2012.