Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond), Moscow

4.5
#8 of 543 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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  • If yu would like to get into the Diamond Fund, the best way is to arrive 30 in prior the Tickets office opening to get your entry tickets. Also - keep in mind that there could be huge line to enter...  more »
  • We visited the exhibit and enjoyed all the descriptions, the lady at the door suggeted we skipped the first hall, as crowds were gathering there and visit the imperial jewelry area in the back. Once.....  more »
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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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