This museum, founded in the late 19th Century by a wealthy amateur enthusiast, has an enormous collection of paraphernalia from the rich history of Russian theater, including costumes, set designs, billboard posters etc.
From portraits of the earliest Russian actors through to the extraordinary and justifiably celebrated avant garde costumes and sets from the 1920s - including works by Rodchenko for the great Soviet director Vsevolod Meyerhold, this museum is essential viewing for the true theater buff.
For the average tourist, however, the fact that there is no English-language labeling of the material on display may cause frustration. That said, the glorious puppet theater upstairs is almost worth the effort alone.
Opening hours: Daily from 12:00 to 19:00, closed Tuesdays and the last Monday of each month.