GRINT Centre for Education and Culture: Study Russian Language, Culture, History and Politics in Moscow, Russia

Social and culture activities

List of  Excursions  and field trips for Fall  and Spring Semesters
List of weekly culture events included in our program with short announcements   


Excursion of the downtown Moscow
Our Orientation tour includes visiting the most famous historical places in the centre of Moscow, such as the Red Square, the Kremlin, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the Historical Museum, the Minin and Pozharskiy monument, the Lenins Mausoleum, Lubyanka Square, the Bolshoy Theater, Christ the Savior Cathedral. This tour is one of the best ways to start your acquaintance with the capital of Russia and an excellent way to see a lot of historical places, monuments, famous buildings and streets where you can also return later to continue your exploration of the city.

Excursion to the Moscow Kremlin and Assumption Cathedral
The Moscow Kremlin (Kreml, ) is the heart of the city and country, the place to which most Russian roads lead and from which most Russian power emanates.  The Kremlin was once the center of Russia’s Church as well as our state. The Kremlin occupies a roughly triangular plot of land covering little Borovitsky Hill on the north bank of the Moscow River. A Kremlin is a towns fortified stronghold, and the first short, wooden wall around Moscows was built in the 1150s.
Assumption Cathedral  is the focal church of pre-Revolutionary Russia and the burial place of most of the heads of the Russian Orthodox Church from the 1320s to 1700. The Assumption Cathedral was built between 1475 and 1479 after the Bolognese architect Aristotle Fioravanti. The iconostasis dates from 1652 but its lowest level contains some older icons.

 Excursion to the Moscow Kremlin Armory
The Orusheinaya Palata (Armory Palace) is the oldest museum in Russia. In 1485 Grand-Prince Vasily , son of Ivan the Great constructed a special stone building on the edge of the Kremlin grounds to house the growing collection of the royal family’s valuables. It also contained the tsars workshops where armor and weapons were produced and stored. In the late 1600s Peter the Great converted the whole place into a museum to house the art treasures of the Kremlin. The present building, designed in 1851 by Konstantin Thon, has nine exhibit halls that trace the history of the Kremlin and the Russian state.

Excursion to Tretyakov Gallery (Tret'iakovskaia Galereia)
Pavel Tretiakov, who collected the best work of contemporary painters in Moscow and St. Petersburg, founded this gallery in 1856. His brother Sergei collected the French and Dutch masters, and in 1872 they combined their collections and opened this extremely popular museum. In 1892 it was donated to the city of Moscow, and lives on with works by famous Russian painters such as Vasilii Perov, Ivan Kramskoi and Ilia Repin.

Excursion to the New Tretyakov gallery (XX century collection)
The State Tretyakov Gallery is the national treasure of Russian fine art and one of the greatest museums in the world. It is located in one of oldest directs of Moscow- Zamoskvorechye, not far from the Kremlin. The Gallery’s collection consists entirely of Russian art and artists who have made a contribution to the history of Russian art or been closely connected with it. The collection contains more than 150 000 works of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by successive generations of Russian artists.

The Moscow City Annual festival
Held over the first weekend in September, Moscow celebrates the birth of the Russian capital with a series of parades and entertainment events. The celebrations begin on the Saturday with a procession of floats and city officials along Tverskaya Street and finishing at the Kremlin. Other celebratory events taking place over the weekend include fun fairs, street entertainers, sports contests and live music; and there are plenty of food and drink stalls lining the streets. The city parks are also popular places to celebrate the occasion with many families choosing to enjoy a picnic in one of the beautifully maintained parks. Moscow's City Day was introduced by the former Russian president Boris Yeltsin (1931-2007) in 1986 when he was the Secretary of the Moscow City Committee.

Maslenitsa Festival

Celebrate spring's arrival at the Maslenitsa Festival, Moscow's annual week-long carnival. Originating in pagan times, this event showcases the Blini, a pancake symoblizing the golden warmth of the sun. It can be served with in the traditional style with caviar and sour cream, or with honey and jam for the less adventurous. In addition to the Blini, stalls offer everything from barankas and spice cakes to tea and vodka. Don't miss this raucous orgy of food, dancing, fireworks, and the best of Russian culture!

Excursion to the Kuskovo Estate
The Kuskovo Estate is one of the most beautiful palace and park ensembles in Moscow. The Estate and lands around it belonged to Counts Sheremetev from the beginning of the 17th century. The ensemble of the estate together with the palace and park was designed by architect Karl Blank.

Visit to Tsaritsyno Estate. Honey fair
In the southern part of Moscow, twenty minutes away from downtown by car, lay the lands of the State Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno. Its nucleus is the largest palatial ensemble in Russia – the residence of Catherine the Great constructed between 1775 and 1796 by the famous Russian architects Vasiliy Bazhenov and Matvey Kazakov in the romantic “gothic taste”. A beginning of the XIX century landscape park is located nearby. Over the two hundred years the palatial ensemble had turned into majestic ruins. One of the favorite places for Muscovites to spend time outdoors, a fashionable countryside area, later a city-type settlement, and finally a district of Moscow, Tsaritsyno patiently awaited its rebirth. Currently it is named The State Historical, Architectural, Art, and Landscape Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno. The majority of the architectural monuments have already undergone restoration.  Honey fair. Every September a honey fair takes a place in Moscow.
Honey Fair is a very good place for tasting and choosing plenty kinds of honey from all regions and republics of Russia. There is a crowd of people there in this time, buying honey, it seems for the whole year. Some of people come to buy honey a bit, then sit down on the benches in the park and look around, eating the honey. There are a lot of sorts of honey and it's a chance to taste all of them.

Mid term Trip to Saint Petersburg
If Moscow is Europe’s most Asiatic capital, St.Petersburg is Russias most European city. Created by Peter the Great as his ‘window to the West. It was build with 18th and 19th-century European pomp and orderliness by mainly European architects. You are going to be provided with accommodation. The excursion program in the city will include orientation tour around the downtown, visiting the Hermitage, seeing some beautiful suburban architectural ensembles.

Excursion to Bulgakov’s House
The museum was opened in May 2004 and is designed as an apartment, where the famous characters of Bulgakov’s novel “Master and Margarita” used to live. The museum contains a unique electronic exposition dedicated to Bulgakovs life and art work; there are over 500 photographs, documents, film episodes based on Bulgakovs works, manuscripts, letters. This is the biggest collection of the existing documents and valuables associated with Bulgakov.

Excursion to Vladimir Mayakovsky’s Museum
The Mayakovsky Museum is a fascinating and bewildering glimpse of the life, loves, literary and artistic works of perhaps Russia’s most famous Futuristic poet, Vladimir Mayakovsky. The poet is famous for his flamboyant character, his political cartoons and his poetry and numerous prose works. The museum is an unorthodox of the poet, which combine to make the visitor rather feel as if he is taking a stroll through Mayakovskys brain! The museum is a real experience and shouldnt be missed!

Excursion to Victory Park and the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War (1941-45)
Victory Park was only completed in the mid-nineties, and is something of a last gasp for the Soviet tradition of monumental triumphal art. Located on and around the Poklonnaya Gora - the hill where Napoleon waited in vain to be given the keys to the city when his troops were surrounding Moscow in 1812 - the park is set in an area steeped in Russian military history.
The Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War, opened on May 9 1995, is located in the base of the Memorial Victory Complex on Poklonnaya Hill and covers more than 48.000 square meters. The Museum consists of the Entry Hall, the Halls of Glory and Memory, the Picture Gallery and six dioramas devoted to the most dramatic battles of the Great Patriotic War, two movie theatres, a hall for veterans' meetings and an exhibition hall.
The military display acts as a chronicle of the war through official documents, letters (official and personal), newspaper articles, photographs and paintings. In the Hall of Memory there are show-cases containing books with the names of those who died. An automated search system is being installed to help visitors find information on these soldiers more easily.

Museum of GULAG
The full comprehension of the Gulag is a discomforting experience to say the least and the lack of English will do little to prevent you from being thoroughly chilled by the tragic story this museum has to tell. There are three parts; a documentary part showing the repression of different groups such as the church and the kulak peasants. Artistic responses to the gulag from ex-prisoners adorn the walls, entrance and staircase and there is a reproduction

Excursion to the State Historical Museum
The collections of the Museum were gathered due to the efforts of scientists of all Russia and collectors. There are archaeological monuments of all ancient times, collections of coins, manuscripts, old books, pictures, Russian and West-European fighting and hunting weapons, forged wares, bronze and copper casting, scientific devices, glass and ceramic products, textiles, national clothes of all regions of Russia and other peoples, Russian estate furniture here. There is a permanent exposition “Russian State Reliquiae”

Visit to the Lenin’s Mausoleum
The Mausoleum was built in January 1924 to preserve Lenin's body. Lenin's coffin was brought from the village of Gorki, where he died, on 23 January and placed in the Hall of Columns of the House of Unions for people to pay their last respects. The same night the architect A.Shchusev was instructed by the government to design and build a temporary mausoleum near the Kremlin walls in which the body would remain until the funeral, which was fixed for 27 January. Shchusev wandered around Red Square for a long time, and by sunset the design for a wooden mausoleum was prepared. It was in the form of a cube (the symbol of eternity) with a height of three meters. The contemporary Mausoleum was erected in the Red Square in 1930 replacing the wooden mausoleum. Lenin's body, with its face uncovered, was placed in a glass sarcophagus, and thousands of people filed past each day.

Excursion to the Novodevitchiy convent
Novodevitchiy Convent in Moscow is one of the most beautiful architectural ensembles. It was founded by Vasiliy III in 1524 after Russians had managed to win back the city of Smolensk. The convent is situated in the south-west of Moscow on the bank of Moscow-river. Due to its geographical location the convent used to serve as a fortress and was very often in the center of most important political and historical events.

Mid term Trip to Kazan
If Moscow is Europe’s the most Asiatic capital, St.Petersburg is Russias the most European city, Kazan is the largest Asiatic and Muslim city  in Russia. Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, and one of Russia's largest cities. It is a major industrial, commercial and cultural center, and remains the most important center of Tatar culture. Since April 2009 Kazan has the legal right to brand itself as the «Third Capital» of Russia, approved by the Russian Patent Office. The famous Kazan Kremlin is a World Heritage Site.

Excursion to Leo Tolstoy’s country-house museum "Hamovniki"
After moving from Yasnaya Poliana to Moscow in 1881 Tolstoy bought a country estate in Hamovniki. The main house of the estate was built in 1805 – it is surrounded by an outhouse, household buildings and also a big garden with a pavilion and a well. As a museum the estate was open in 1921.
The Museum keeps the entire memorial furnishings and the visitors are brought to the atmosphere of Tolstoy's house. The exposition dates back to the time when the writer lived here in the years of 1893-1895.

List of weekly culture events included in our program with short announcements 

Photo Gallery
Traditional dancing lessons for the Spring Holiday Maslenitca
The mystery of the Red Square
Looks like fun
We are both happy to be in Moscow
Winter entertainment