The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh)

The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh)

The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh)
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The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy is one of the largest exhibitions, museums and recreation complexes in the world. It is one of the most popular public places of the Russian capital. It hosts more than 19 million guests per year. The Exhibition was opened on 1 August 1939. Its name has changed several times, i.e. VSHV ВСХВ, VPV ВПВ, VDNH USSR ВДНХ СССР, ВВЦ VVC. In spring 2014 the Moscow City Government launched a large scale project of the VDNH’s revival commemorated to the 75-year Anniversary of the main exhibition centre of the country. On the initiative of the Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin, and according to the results of citizens’ electronic voting the VDNH had its famous historical name of “Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy” returned. The name corresponds to VDNH in Russian. Now, the VDNH is combined with the Botanic Gardens and Ostankino Park. Its total area is more than 520 ha. On the territory of VDNH you can see many architectural masterpieces, large and small parks, and unique fountains. Forty-five sites at VDNH are recognized as cultural property sites of federal significance. More than 100 international exhibitions and congresses, dozens of festivals and special events as well as new expositions are held at VDNH yearly. With the revival of the open-air theater that was opened on 1 August 2014, the Exhibition achieved the status of popular outdoor performance stage hosting best world performing musicians from Russia and abroad. Come enjoy the VDNH!
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Takarasina
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This complex is experiencing an unbelievable renaissance now. Apart from meticulous restoration of numerous Soviet-era pavilions, fountains, and ponds, a total overhaul of all underground utilities, and eye-catching landscape design, it currently hosts the enormous, state-of-the-art International Russia Expo, which was the main reason we went there in November. My wife, our two grandsons, and I.
It is absolutely impossible to describe it in one review. This is the right case to say that seeing is believing. One thing is definite, however: all this demands several days of any traveller's time.
Strongly recommended. A must. A can't miss. You'll love every minute of your trip there. On any day of any season.
Written 11 November 2023
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Alireza_Samimi
Tehran, Iran133 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
A huge exhibition consisting of multiple pavilions, all to show the history and achievements of the Soviet Union and Russia . Actually, I didn't visit inside of any of the pavilions and only took a lengthy walk through.
If you want to visit the whole place, you need to spend one full day here. It is worth visiting.
Written 28 March 2023
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Ghadeer2014
Kuwait City, Kuwait10,285 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
This park is truly amazing. We had limited time only in this place. VDNKh Park is a unique place and worth visiting. The Soviet name VDNKh is an acronym meaning "the Exhibition of the Achievements of the National Economy". We attended Moskvarium, the Dolphin show. The stage setting was impressive with talented artists and amazing performance. I hope to come back again in the near future to roam around and enjoy Ex-Soviet pavilions.

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Written 19 February 2022
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birgitmustermann
Moscow, Russia315 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
For a long time, the park has been a construction area in several places. Now, it is promising to see the renovated buildings. An evening walk is still a very special impression.
Written 21 August 2021
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Paul034
Walton-On-Thames, UK181 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Solo
Don’t be put off by the dull name, it’s actually quite an impressive place to see. It has multiple buildings dedicated to some of the great Russian scientific achievements and also has a building dedicated for each of the 16 former soviet republics. The landscaping, gardens, buildings and exhibits will keep you entertained for several hours. It’s an enormous place. I just had an afternoon there and only saw a fraction of it. There are several food courts and places to sit and get a rest too. I would not say this is a must-see in Moscow, but if you have some free time to visit, you won’t be disappointed.
Written 1 August 2021
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
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Apr 2021
This place is very undeservedly overlooked by travelers, as well here on TA. In my opinion it's the best Moscow attraction outside the central area around Red Square. VDNH is a huge complex in the capital's north you can easily access via metro (same name station).
It was built in the 20c. 30's prior to WWII as a USSR agriculture exhibition and fair grounds. That first modest design was replaced in the 50's after the WWII during the peak of Socialism era. Many new big pavilions were added and each of the 15 USSR states had its own space to display its culture and achievements. Following the WWII victory and economic growth everything was built lavishly and grandiose, and therefore renamed as the "Exhibition of achievements of National economy" (abbreviated VDNH in Russian).
After the '91 disintegration of USSR when every former state became independent, the complex started to change.
Today the complex hosts many attractions - over 10 museums, Moscow oceanarium, space rockets on display, luna park, ice skating rink, exhibition halls,.... In between them there are huge fountains (Druzba Naroda, the main and the best), walking paths, benches to rest, fast food kiosks, etc...
What I liked best, they didn't remove the memorabilia of the bygone era - each pavilion is still named after the previous state (mainly it's some museum today) and there's a plaque in front of it explaining what it was (in English also).
To have the idea of time needed - only to walk from the metro station to the end of the complex and back with some stopping and taking pics you need around 2 hrs. Just outside the metro station (before entering the VDNH) is the outstanding Museum of Cosmonautics and the launching rocket monument. If you visit beside that only one museum or Oceanarium you'll need a whole day.
Don't let this discourage you if tight on time - at least come for 2-3 hrs to see the exteriors which are marvelous and so interesting.
I assure you it will be one of your best Moscow memories.
Written 8 May 2021
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Alliohna
396 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Came her 3 years ago and parts of it were under renovation. This time it was almost fully renovated, very clean and tidy. Grand entrance through a huge arch, then a main wide park street with a massive Stalin style building featuring the former 16 soviet republics coat of arms. Behind this building is a beautiful golden fountain with 16 female figures (statues) each representing one of the republics. The park is very spacious and grand.
Written 15 September 2020
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CAPerth
Perth228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
A large park full of Soviet era architectural monuments including an impressive fountain. Easily accessed via Moscow Metro. There is a small food court that has some interesting produce from different regions (we went to the Armenian hall), very reasonably priced. The Park is very close to the Cosmonauts Museum (which we did not enter) and also has several other museums and exhibits nearby which time also precluded us from entering. The Worker and Kolkhoz Woman statue is also nearby.
Written 9 May 2020
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CrunchyMonkey
Taipei, Taiwan1,521 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
I would go again, but probably at a different time or a different day. The place was very crowded. And many things were not opened, a little odd. I went to the Armenian exhibition hall and Belarus one to try to buy some local country products there, just too many people at both. Especially for Armenia. But the wines were good. Anyway, the park is a nice place to walk around and get some info about other past soviet states. Not a must see, but if you have time, go.
Written 27 April 2020
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milespointstravelkom
Redlands, CA1,428 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
VDNKH Park (Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva) hosts a general purpose permanent trade show that showcases various Russian territories (or former Soviet Union states). The park is huge and it can easily take about an hour to walk from end to end (without stopping). Give yourself plenty of time to rest in between and enjoy the sights.
Written 29 February 2020
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