State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia

 Alexandra Krasnova/TASS

Formerly the Revolution Museum, this magnificent mansion on Tverskaya Ulitsa (Tverskaya Street) had once belonged to the local English Club. The classicist mansion, designed by Domenico Gilardi and Adam Menelas, was built in the second half of the 18th century. The museum's collection is rather motley and eclectic, but no less interesting for that. Most of it dates back to the revolutionary times of the early 1900s: homemade handguns, bayonets and explosives, an impressive collection of political posters, a few flags and the personal archives of prominent revolutionaries.