The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNH) is the largest architectural and park complex and museum, showing the flourishing, prosperity, and development of the Soviet era. It combines and preserves the atmosphere of the past and the present in harmony.
The exhibition opened in August 1939 to display the best achievements of the national economy and had to demonstrate the conviviality and vibrancy of life and work in the USSR. The exhibition has been a city-park fr om its very beginning. Each Union Republic had its own pavilion with colorful architecture in the traditional style, seeking to introduce crafts and the best works of its artists, jewelers, weavers, and wine makers.
The sculpture by Vera Mukhina, Rabochiy i Kolkhoznitsa (Worker and Kolkhoz Woman), was brought here from the 1937 World Fair in Paris. It has remained the VDNH symbol ever since.
During the Second World War 1941-1945, the territory of the exhibition housed workshops for assembling motorcycles for the war front and an intelligence school. The shooting of the cult movie Svinarka i Pastukh / They Met in Moscow (1941) took place there at the same time. The movie was full of embellished pictures of the happy life of the Soviet people, and amicable labor performed for the benefit of the motherland.
The complex now houses thousands of unique items in new pavilions: Culture, Space, Engineering. It hosts international book fairs and exhibitions. VDNH continues to amaze visitors with beautiful flower gardens, alleys and its famous fountains — the Friendship of Peoples and the Stone Flower.
There is an interactive museum inside a Buran spaceship model, wh ere visitors can walk its corridors and compartments and even land a rocket plane at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
To swim with dolphins or view rare fish, visit VDNH's Moskvarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world.
Pavilion 75 with an area 121 sq m hosts an architectural model of Moscow, including 9,000 buildings, streets, and squares.
In summer, VDNH opens an amusement park, pedestrian spaces transform into playgrounds for roller skaters and cyclists. Outdoor concerts and performances are held at the Green Theater.
In winter, the exhibition area is transformed into the capital's main rink with artificial ice, covering 20,000 sq m. It does not matter if you have no ice or roller skates. Sports equipment hire points are open all year round, as well as indoor and outdoor cafés and restaurants.
VDNH is the largest cultural and exhibition center and public park in Moscow.
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