Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond), Moscow

4.6
#7 of 544 in Museums in Moscow
Dating back to a royal treasury established by Peter the Great, Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond) stores and exhibits a vast collection of raw and cut diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. Although part of a world-famous armory museum, located inside the city's fortified complex of historical buildings, this collection of state jewels functions as a separate institution. Highlights include a 190-carat diamond given to Catherine the Great by her purported lover Count Orlov, the world's largest sapphire, and an imperial crown decorated with almost 5,000 diamonds of exceptional quality. You can access the exhibit by guided tour only, so try to book your visit in advance. Due to tight security measures, visitors may not bring cameras, phones, or bags of any sort. For Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond) and beyond, use our Moscow travel route planner to get the most from your Moscow vacation.
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  • A visit to the diamond fund made a lasting impression on me about possible luxury. I learned a lot of interesting things. Recommend.
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  • Undoubtedly the place is interesting, which is worth a visit and where there is something to see. But the logic of ticket sales is not clear. Since tickets are almost impossible to take, it is clear that in order to fight speculators, tickets can be taken only on the day of the visit. Although this is also a moot point. Because you can't buy tickets. But there is another option, to take tickets directly on the place of the diamond fund. But that's why they are sold only to foreigners and give them an audio guide. But why not organize the same for Russian citizens? You can also provide an audio guide that would walk independently without a group. But this opportunity is available only to foreign citizens, because Russian citizens are forced to walk only with a group and with a guide. And I would be more comfortable to walk independently with an audio guide rather than listen to the tour guide. But this possibility is for some reason given only to citizens of other states.
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  • Very rare collection that was truly beautiful. The russian guide was a bit monotone though, making it hard to remain interested.
  • I was visiting this place in 1999. There were a lot of historical jewelry. This time most of them gone. They replaced the space with missing items with modern jewelry from Ural mountains and gold nuggets.Especially, I noticed almost all famous big Faberge eggs are gone. I think Putin moved all these treasure in his private collection to his mansions he built over the last 20 years.
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