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The Kubinka Tank Museum (Pics!)

14. June 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

Are you a military history buff or someone who’s interested in the weapons of war? If so, you may want to consider visiting Russia’s Kubinka Tank Museum. It’s a great way to spend time between dates with your future Russian bride, though your lady may prefer to come with you.

Located just outside Moscow, the 32-year-old Kubinka Tank Museum has one of the largest collections of armored vehicles in the world. It features recently restored tanks from World I, World War II, and the Cold War, as well as armored cars, self-propelled guns, reconnaissance and command vehicles, and more. The museum also holds demonstrations during special events around Victory Day and D-Day. The vehicles, originating from several different countries, come from the research collection of the still functioning Kubinka armor test base. 

Because of the testing facilities, access to foreign visitors is restricted. Parties interested in visiting the museum must apply at least 3-4 weeks in advance and can only visit with pre-approved Russian tour groups at certain days and times. The best way to arrange a visit is to contact a Russian travel agency. Despite the promises of such agencies, the museum no longer offers tank rides. However, Kubinka staff may be able to assist visitors in securing rides at another military base.  

Though arranging a visit requires a bit of preparation, a trip to Kubinka’s Tank Museum offers visitors the unique opportunity to see the imposing instruments of war up close and in person. Here are a few photos.