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Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center

One of the most interactive and high-tech museums in Moscow was opened in November 2012 in the territory of the constructivist architecture monument to the Bakhmetevskovo fleet. The building's reconstruction and the creation of the exposition took about 10 years (before the Jewish Museum, the "Garage" modern art center was situated there). The museum's program offers not only a modern scientific view of the history and culture of the Jewish people, but also the openness of all world cultures. Thanks to this broad approach at the Jewish Museum one can see truly unique exhibitions: contemporary art from China was on display there in the fall, and in the summer the descendants of a tribe of Indians and Russian settlers of America's Fort Ross presented the exhibition "Indians in the 21st Century. Fort Ross: People of One Earth, Then and Now." Additionally, the year of 2014 began with the presentation of a series of portraits of Jewish geniuses created by Andy Warhol. The museum hosted a major exhibition of "Vanguard and Aviation," in the middle of the year, and in September launched a program called "Different Opportunities — Equal Rights," which allows children with disabilities to be full members of society by socializing with their peers.

This year, the Jewish Museum set up an endowment fund of $4.5 million, with co-founders including Viktor Vekselberg, Len Blavatnik, Roman Abramovich, Vadim Moshkovich, Alex Lichtenfeld, Alexander Klyachin, Gennady Timchenko and Mikhail Gutseriev.

Museum of Moscow

In 2006, the city government donated to the Museum of Moscow the Proviantskiye depot from the 19th century from the creation of a universal museum complex. The reconstruction of the historical buildings has not yet been completed, but the museum actively hosts various urban programs. This year, however, the museum is notable for an event taking place outside of its walls: the flea market that was open from Aug. 24 until Sept. 28. During these two days, the organizers managed to create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere in the museum's courtyard, with retro music from a gramophone playing and essays by Gilyarovsky being read out as guests browsed through vintage clothing, jewelry and antique dishes, took photos in retro shops, sampled vintage chocolates and drank tea and coffee. Those who came wearing retro clothes were presented with gifts. In the evenings, guests could dance to hits from the 1930s-1950s played by a jazz band.

Sokolniki

The Sokolniki park of culture and recreation is the largest in Moscow, covering 515.7 hectares of land. In September, an international competition for the park's development concept was won by the British bureau Groundlab and the Russian company Wowhous. The plan of the Russian-British team was to divide the park into three separate territories — a specially protected zone, a forest, and a regular park area that would serve as the main area of activity. Currently, most of the park's visitors are concentrated in the central area of the park, and the bulk of the land area remains uncultivated. A consortium of architects have been enlisted to solve this problem. In addition, the company has proposed developing the existing fairgrounds and the sports areas of the park. Also, the park will be merged with Losiny Ostrov's special paths for animals.

Crocus City Hall

Russia's only multi-level venue for 7,500 spectators is equipped with the latest technology. The concert hall — built by entrepreneur Aras Agalarov in honor of his friend, singer and musician Muslim Magomayev — is located in the third pavilion of the Crocus Expo exhibition center on the MKAD. In addition to the exhibition center and concert hall, Crocus Group has built a new subway station, "Myakinino," the first metro station to be built with private investment in the history of the Moscow Metro. The Crocus complex was opened in 2012.

In Crocus City Hall, there are concerts, dance and music shows, festivals, ceremonies and TV shoots almost every day, with more than 200 events per year. The complex gets millions of visitors. In 2014, there were such world stars as Charles Aznavour, Lenny Kravitz, Tori Amos, Motorhead, Jos? Carreras. The center is also known for having held an international competition on reciting the Quran.

VDNKH

The government of Moscow began reconstruction of the All-Russia Exhibition Center of Achievements in 2014. By the summer, the asphalt had been replaced and a system of public catering established, and concerts and film screenings were held every weekend. Preventative work against fires had also begun. In November, the area got an open skating rink with an area of 53,000 square meters, 20,500 of which consisted of ice. The largest ice rink in the capital includes the entire central part of the Exhibition Park – guests can even skate around the "Friendship of Peoples" fountain and the "Stone Flower" (incidentally, these fountains were turned on in the summer for the first time after many years of inactivity). The most remarkable solution here was the use of lighting in the ice. More than 100,000 LED modules capable of reproducing 16 million colors will work as a giant screen, creating different optical illusions: Skaters will find themselves in the midst of the northern lights, or in the kingdom of the Snow Queen.

The completely new development concept for VDNKh will be done by February 2015. The working group includes Ilya Oskolkov-Tsentsiper and Yuri Saprykin, the authors of numerous cultural and educational projects in Moscow. At the end of 2014, VDNKh will also be home to Europe's largest oceanarium.