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  • 1. Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre

    Kitai Gorod | Dance

    This world-renowned theater continues to produce innovative shows, despite a string of recent scandals—including the resignation of its two...Read More

  • 2. Garage Center for Contemporary Culture

    Yakimanka | Art Galleries–Arts

    Buoyed with funding from oligarchs like Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich, the center has become one of Moscow's hottest venues for...Read More

  • 3. Gogol Center

    Eastern Outskirts | Theater

    Opened in 1923 as a theater for railroad workers, this revamped, stunningly creative space is the hub of Moscow's contemporary theater scene...Read More

  • 4. Tchaikovsky Conservatory

    Ulitsa Bolshaya Nikitskaya | Music

    Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, and Tchaikovsky are among the famous composers who have worked here. The acoustics of the magnificent Great Hall are...Read More

  • 5. 35mm

    Kitai Gorod | Film

    An artsy crowd frequents this simple movie theater with top-quality projection and sound. The films are always shown in their original language...Read More

  • 6. Artplay

    Eastern Outskirts | Arts Centers

    Housed in the brightly painted brick buildings of a Soviet silk spinning mill, this vast design center has everything from photography and modern...Read More

  • 7. Central House of Artists

    Zamoskvorech’ye | Art Galleries–Arts

    Many different galleries are housed within this vast exhibition center and if you wander long enough you're likely to find something to fit...Read More

  • 8. Dom Nashchokina Gallery

    Kitai Gorod | Art Galleries–Arts

    A mixture of classic Russian art and crowd-pulling exhibitions by celebrity artists can be found at this established space. ...Read More

  • 9. Dome Cinema

    Eastern Outskirts | Film

    A hotel movie house caters to the expatriate community with recent original-language Hollywood releases. ...Read More

  • 10. Fine Art

    Ulitsa Tverskaya | Art Galleries–Arts

    This was one of the first private galleries in post-Soviet Russia. Today it displays contemporary art from the best of the previous generation...Read More

  • 11. Guelman Gallery

    Eastern Outskirts | Art Galleries–Arts

    One of Moscow's first galleries, this is also one of its most controversial, due to the attention-loving nature of owner Marat Guelman. There...Read More

  • 12. Helikon Opera

    Arbat | Opera

    In addition to delivering consistently appealing and critically acclaimed opera performances, the Helikon troupe is equally talented in space...Read More

  • 13. Kollony Zal

    Ulitsa Tverskaya | Concerts

    This 18th-century building hosts regular concerts and music festivals from top international orchestras. ...Read More

  • 14. Kolobov Novaya Opera

    Ulitsa Tverskaya | Opera

    After opening in 1991, the Novaya ("New") opera house quickly established itself as one of the best and most innovative in Moscow. The surrounding...Read More

  • 15. LenKom Theater

    Ulitsa Tverskaya | Theater

    Good, often flashy productions are on the bill at this large theater. Tickets can be bought online but are frequently very hard to get. ...Read More

  • 16. Maly Theater

    Kitai Gorod | Theater

    Moscow's first dramatic theater, opened in 1824, is famous for its staging of Russian classics, especially those of the 19th-century satirist...Read More

  • 17. Moscow Art Theater

    Ulitsa Tverskaya | Theater

    Founded in 1898, the MKhAT is famous for its well-funded productions of the Russian classics, but it also stages plenty of modern and foreign...Read More

  • 18. Moscow International Performing Arts Center

    Zamoskvorech’ye | Music

    Opened in 2002, this architecturally striking center stages major classical concerts in its Svetlanov Hall, which contains Russia's largest...Read More

  • 19. Moscow Theater for Young Viewers

    Ulitsa Tverskaya | Theater

    Despite its name, this acclaimed theater mainly stages adult productions. It is famed for well-directed dramatizations of Chekhov short stories...Read More

  • 20. Operetta Theater

    Kitai Gorod | Theater

    The theater stages lighthearted, and much humbler, versions of Western musicals, as well as the latest Russian musicals. ...Read More

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