The Space Exploration Museum located in Kaluga attracts huge crowds of tourists, and for good reason. Opened 45 years ago, it was the first space exploration museum in the world having the richest collection of space related artifacts in Russia.
It was Sergey Korolev, chief designer of Soviet space rockets, who came up with the idea to establish a space exploration museum in Kaluga. He provided the first exhibits, which formed the core of the museum collection now amounting to over 70,000 pieces. Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, took part in the museum groundbreaking ceremony, when he came to Kaluga to pay tribute to Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. In addition to spacesuits, space food, exact replicas of moon crawlers and artificial satellites, the museum features original items from aboard spacecraft: landing modules from Soviet rockets, a glove used for repair of a spaceship in outer space and other impressive unique artifacts, for instance a sample of Moon soil.
Kaluga Space Exploration Museum offers its guests the opportunity to take a virtual space tour. They can visit a planetarium boasting modern equipment, which provides unbelievably realistic spherical views. Guest from neighboring Moscow and other Russian regions come to Kaluga to enjoy an exclusive opportunity to see the Milky Way, a meteor shower or an eclipse, to look at planet Earth from outer space, to witness stars exploding, and to visit Mars or the North Pole.
Address: 2 Akademika Koroleva St., Kaluga
Tel.: 8 (4842) 74-50-04
Transport: trolley bus or minibus Nos. 1, 2; minibus No. 73.
Museum hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 9:30-17:00, Wednesday: 11:00-19:00; the museum is closed on Mondays and on the last Friday of each month. On the second Thursday of each month the museum offers free admission for children under 18 years of age.
Kaluga Space Exploration Museum Web site