Moscow’s Central Armed Forces Museum covers the military history of Russia from the 1700s to the present day. The collection is spread across 24 rooms on 2 floors, arranged as follows:
- Rooms 1-3: The Military History of Russia before 1917
- Rooms 4-6: The Russian Civil War
- Rooms 7-8: The years between the Civil War and the Great Patriotic War
- Rooms 9-18: The Great Patriotic War
- Rooms 19-21: The Soviet Union after the Great Patriotic War
- Rooms 22-24: The military of the Russian Federation
Pride of place among all the exhibits in the museum’s collection goes to the banner that was raised above the Reichstag in Berlin on the night of April 30, 1945.
In a courtyard behind the museum there is a large collection of Soviet and Russian military hardware, including tanks, planes, guns, missiles, an armoured train and a torpedo boat.
The nearest metro station to the museum is Dostoyevskaya (Достоевская) on the green No. 10 line (Любли́нско-Дми́тровская ли́ния). An alternative route is to take the brown No. 5 circle line (Кольцева́я ли́ния) to Novoslobodskaya (Новослободская) and then take trolleybus No. 69 to the museum stop (Центральный музей Вооруженных Сил) or walk about 10-15 minutes. An entry ticket costs 100 roubles (about €2.50), with photo and video permits each costs an additional 100 roubles. The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The museum’s web site is in Russian only.