Panorama Museum “Battle of Borodino” is a historical museum in Moscow dedicated to the Patriotic War of 1812. The museum’s collection includes a panorama of the Battle of Borodino by the artist Franz Roubaud, collections of paintings, drawings, sculptures, arts and crafts and rare books, a numismatic collection and items of equipment and weapons.
Franz Roubaud was a Russian painter who created some of the largest and best known panoramic paintings. He created circular paintings, exposed on a cylindrical surface and viewed from the inside at a lookout point. The painting was believed to reproduce the original scene with high fidelity.
The panorama of the Battle of Borodino was painted for the 100th anniversary of the event in 1911-1912 by the artist, for whom it became the third battle panoramic picture. The first, “Storming the village of Akhulgo”, was completed in 1890 and brought him the honorary title of professor of the Bavarian Academy of Arts, the Bavarian Order of St. Michael and the French Order of the Legion of Honor. The second, called “Defense of Sevastopol”, the artist completed in 1904-1905.
The museum’s collection includes 37,973 storage units, including 28,579 items of the main fund. The museum has a permanent exhibition area of 1404.6 m², about 300 m² of space for temporary exhibitions and 200 m² of storage. The museum employs 88 people, including 33 researchers who conduct research on the topics “Patriotic War of 1812”, “Life and Work of the Battle Painter Franz Alekseevich Roubaud”, “Military Council in Fili”, “M. I. Kutuzov. Life and activity”, “Peasant life in the first quarter of the 19th century”, scientific library operates.
In 1973, a monument to Field Marshal M.I. Kutuzov and his soldiers was erected at the entrance to the museum.
Nearest metro: Kutuzovskaya.
Working hours: Mon-Wed 10:00–17:15; Thu 10:00–20:15; Sat, Sun 10:00–17:15
Address: Kutuzovsky prospekt, 38, building 1, Moscow
Tickets: 100–400 ₽, audio guide.
Main attractions and facilities around: Kiyevsky railway station, Europe Square, Savvinskaya Embankment, Rostovskaya embankment, Bogdan Khmelnitsky Bridge, Radisson Slavyanskaya hotel, Smolenskaya embankment, Borodinsky Bridge, COMECON building, Ukraina Hotel, Novoarbatsky bridge, White House, Krasnopresnenskaya embankment, Bagration Bridge, Moscow Theater “Workshop of P. N. Fomenko”.