Museum of the Great Patriotic War

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This museum is part of the Poklonnaya Gora memorial complex, a monumental park in memory of the victims of World War II. Soviet architects had mulled the design of this complex from 1942 on. In the decades after the war, some of the leading Soviet architects and sculptors, the likes of Yevgeny Vuchetich and Mikhail Posokhin, would propose draft designs of the memorial and try to initiate construction, but those plans were not to be fulfilled until the 1990s, and this time the memorial was designed by Anatoly Polyansky. The museum lists some 6,000 exhibits, divided into nine sections: one dedicated to the Red Army in the years before the war, and the rest covering the progress of WWII and the Great Patriotic War. The last section is entitled "Victory."