One of the main tourist destinations in Russia is the capital Moscow. Moscow annually hosts millions of tourists from all over the world and has attracted more tourists by having a large number of tourist attractions and offering entertainment, tourism, and recreational programs. The Russian capital is full of historical attractions and places of interest that no tourist should miss the opportunity to visit. Many of Moscow's tourist attractions are tied to the country's history. There are many museums in the heart of Moscow that can be an excellent destination for tourists who want to get acquainted with the history of Russia. The museums inside the Kremlin complex are some of the main tourist attractions in Moscow that we have included on our tour to Russia program. Next to the Kremlin is the Red Square, which is well-known globally, and many tourists visit this square first thing on their travel to Moscow. These attractions are including St. Basil's Cathedral, Gum Mall, the State Historical Museum, and many more that we've introduced on our weblog in the past. A little tour of Moscow's tourist center will find that there are more attractions in this area that are included on the Moscow tour. Notable museums such as the Archaeological Museum of Moscow, Zaryadye Park, The Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and many other important tourist attractions tourists visit during their tour to Russia. In addition, Moscow offers many entertainment and leisure programs to its visitors, which have also attracted a lot of attention, such as cruise ship on the Moscow River, which is one of the most popular pastimes of the Moscow tour during the summer. Moscow also has several unusual and unique museums, which, despite being strange, are pretty popular with tourists. Museums such as the Museum of Calligraphy and the Museum of World Money, each with its special interests. Another strange museum on the Moscow tour that has attracted the attention of nerds and computer game enthusiasts is the Soviet Arcade Museum.
Arcade machines or coin-op machines were coin-operated slot machines that were very popular around the world between the 1950s and 1990s. Although tourists are less likely to encounter these machines on tour to Russia or other parts of the world today, at one time, people could find these machines in every entertainment center, restaurant, cafe, bar, shopping center, and other public places. Most arcade machine games were skill games that challenged the players' mental, physical, and reaction speed. One of the most famous arcade games in the world that we can mention is the pinball machine. You could find a pinball machine in any corner of the world and have hours of fun. Most arcade machines were activated for a limited time after the start of the game or continued to operate until the player lost. These competitive games were trendy among children and teenagers because you could put your name on the list of players who played with arcade machines and show your points to others. Even today, by visiting some arcade game halls, you can still play many up-to-date and modern models of these games, but you can rarely find any classic arcade game anymore. That makes many people feel nostalgic when they encounter one of these arcade machines and spend hours of their time playing with these machines. One of the highlights for tourists on tour to Moscow is the existence of a museum of arcade machines from the former Soviet Union in Moscow, where you can visit these machines, use some of them, and create a sense of nostalgia.
The Arcade Machine Museum is one of the strangest museums of the Moscow Tour, which you can visit just a short distance from the center of Moscow on Kuznetsky Most. The museum was initially opened in 2007 by a graduate of Moscow Polytechnic University, Alexander Stakhanov, Maxim Pinigin, and Alexander Vugman, as an academic project in the bomb-shelter of the Polytechnic University. However, It has become the Soviet Arcade Machines Museum, one of the favorite museums on the Moscow tour. However, before moving to Kuznetsky Most in 2015, the museum relocated three times and established two branches in St. Petersburg and Kazan, with the Kazan branch closed after just one year. Although initially, visitors found only a collection of 37 arcade machines in the museum, today, there are more than 100 different arcade machines in the museum collection, most of which came from a combination of several damaged and repaired arcade machines. That has increased the popularity and importance of this museum for those who are interested in these arcade machines because most of these arcade machines have been collected, repaired, and made available to the public by the founders of the museum, who have traveled all over Russia in search of these machines. Upon arrival at the museum and purchase a ticket, you will receive a pack of 15 Soviet-era coins that you can use to try out more than 40 arcade machines inside the museum, including a photo booth machine. This Photobooth transforms your selfies into graphic souvenir photos from a trip to Russia. It's one of the machines that attracted many young people and teenagers who visit the museum. The Soviet Arcade Museum is a private museum that has grown from a small student project to a famous museum in Moscow and St. Petersburg and is highly recommended for tourists interested in arcade machines.
At the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines, tourists can see popular machines such as the first foreign gaming machine, the Attraction 71, introduced at the World Entertainment Fair in Gorky Park. Other games such as Magistar, Repka, Repary, Safary, Victorina, and Gorodki are other museum's bizarre collections, making the Soviet-era arcade machine museum a unique one. Of course, the Soviet Arcade Museum is not the only unusual and unique museum in Moscow. Tourists on the Russia tour can also visit several other unique museums on the Moscow tour, which can be a unique attraction for many people. Earlier, we mentioned the Museum of Calligraphy and the Museum of World Money in Moscow; next to these two museums, we can mention Bunker 42, which in the past was a real military shelter to protect the leaders of the Soviet government in the event of a nuclear attack on Moscow. Today, that Bunker has become the Museum of the Cold War and a recreational and tourism center. You can visit our Star Travel Group blog to learn more about the Unusual and Unique Museum in Moscow.