Central House of Aviation and Cosmonautics

Central House of Aviation and Cosmonautics

The epoch of Russian history related to flight and space exploration is a fascinating one. The names of famous pilots and – later – astronauts, are iconic. Astronauts were admired; they became role models whose feats have stayed in the people’s memories and continue to be honoured even today.

The hard work of the conquerors of the sky is visually represented in the display of a small Moscow museum, namely, the Central House of Aviation and Space ExplorationRussian: Tsentralnyi dom aviatsii i kosmonavtiki or Центральный дом авиации и космонавтики. Its visitors have the opportunity to see authentic simulators used to train astronauts, everyday objects used while orbiting the Earth, a life support system, space suits, model engines, etc. There are also selected weapons which aircraft were equipped with during the Second World War, a catapult device, and photos of pilots with details of the aerobatic maneuvers that they performed. It is interesting to note that the museum is located close to the N.E. Zhukovsky Russian Air Force AcademyRussian: uchilische voenno-vozdushnyh sil Rossii imeni N.E. Zhukovskogo or училище военно-воздушных сил России имени Н.Е. Жуковского, where future pilots are trained. This is the alma mater of all the astronauts you can learn about about by visiting the museum.

Strange as it may seem, it’s been quite a while since this museum was founded. It was established in 1924, almost simultaneously with the advent of aviation. Over the time since then, a variety of interesting exhibits have been housed here. They are divided into two groups: one devoted to the history of aviation, and the other to illustrating the history of astronautics.

2070_image2_sThe museum will fascinate not only adult lovers of aviation and cosmonautics, but also young children because it gives you a chance to see a real spacesuit, astronauts’ food contained in tubes, the first satellite and even a Mars rover. In the museum courtyard, there is a re-entry capsule from the “VostokRussian: Восток” spaceship – an authentic capsule which has been to space. A great number of models showcase the history of aviation from the earliest airplanes to state-of-the art aircraft. Interestingly, many museum exhibits are working models – you can see a helicopter rotor in action or listen to the noise of an airplane engine. Perhaps the most popular exhibit is the “BuranRussian: Буран” space cabin simulator, where you can click on all the buttons and pull all the levers to see how it works.

This sight is located far away from the city center, and it is comfortable to use a taxi to reach it. If you are interested in Moscow taxi rates, you can read about it on our website page “Taxi in Moscow”.

The museum also has a shop where modelling enthusiasts will be able to buy parts they need for their models. In addition, the museum often hosts various events and meetings with pilots. The museum staff are enthusiasts who 2003_image3_slove their work. They seek to instill in children a love of aviation, respect for others’ heroic deeds, and an interest in science. Russian-speaking visitors are advised to book an excursion in advance as the guides are experts who can share truly unique information with visitors.

The Central House of Aviation is a museum which undoubtedly deserves more attention than it gets. It is difficult to say what exactly deters visitors. It is true that the exhibition space is small, the technical focus of the display and the location is not particularly convenient as it does take about ten minutes to walk there from a metro station. Those who make it to this museum however, especially parents with young children, leave only positive reviews.

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Between Third Ring Road and Moscow Ring Road

Nearest Metro Station



4 Krasnoarmeyskaya Street, Moscow


Museum Opening Hours / Ticket Office Opening Hours

We: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Th: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fr: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sa: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Su: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Days off

Monday, Tuesday

Ticket Price

From 100 to 250 rubles depending on visitor's category and programme of visits.
Amateur photography is included in the ticket price.

Visiting Rules


Additional Information

Quiz programme.


Club of Space Experts Quiz. Finals. Photo: Central House of Aviation and Cosmonautics
Polycent Cup. Young Robot Technicians' Tournament. Photo: Central House of Aviation and Cosmonautics
Celebrating Maslenitsa in the Central House of Aviation and Cosmonautics. Photo: Central House of Aviation and Cosmonautics
Central House of Aviation and Cosmonautics
Hall of Cosmonautics. Exhibits on view
Hall of Aviation. Exhibit
Exercise machine imitating the cabin of the Buran spaceplane
Space capsule on view in the Museu's courtyard
The world's first artificial satellite launched in 1957
Monument to Laika, the first animal in space that never came back

Featured reviews

Visitor rating:   4.5

October 2016
I’ve recently been to the Museum of Aviation and Space Exploration. I am no expert in one or the other, but I found a lot of things interesting and lots of others pierced my heart. The museum itself is in poor condition with paint literally coming off the walls in some places. This 1900 building can’t have been repaired since the Soviet times.

March 2016
If you have gone to see the Petrovsky Transit Palace, take a couple of minutes to walk to this small museum with a cosy and interesting display. Highly recommended to those interested in aviation and families with boys.

January 2016
We visited the museum with the children and went on the most fascinating excursion, looked at the exhibits related to Soviet and Russian aviation.
The guides there are great - really good at their job!
The children (8-11 years) listened attentively, although usually after 10 minutes of a guided tour they run forward and don’t really listen.
The building is derelict and in need of repair, but what’s inside is excellent!!

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