Sakharov Museum

Lonely Planet review

South of Kursky vokzal, by the Yauza River, is a small park with a two-storey house containing the Andrei Sakharov Museum. The park is dotted with unusual sculptures, most built from weapons and other military-industrial waste. Look out for a piece of the Berlin Wall that has been repurposed in a poignant display. The exhibits recount the life of Sakharov, the nuclear-physicist-turned-human-rights-advocate, detailing the years of repression in Russia and providing a history of the courage shown by the dissident movement. Temporary expositions cover current human-rights issues and contemporary art. Curators at the Sakharov are frequently in the news for the controversy surrounding their exhibits.