Meshchansky & Basmanny

A 'design centre', ArtPlay occupies the buildings of the former Manometer factory and is home to firms specialising in urban planning and architectural design, as well as furniture showrooms and antique stores. Considering the architectural emphasis, there is perhaps less for the casual caller to see, although there are always diverse and dynamic rotating exhibits in the display spaces. Come here to feel the pulse of new Moscow.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Meshchansky & Basmanny attractions

1. Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art

0.14 MILES

Formerly a wine-bottling factory, this facility was converted into exhibit and studio space for Moscow artists in 2007. The post-industrial complex is now…

3. Sakharov Centre

0.36 MILES

South of Kursky vokzal, by the Yauza River, is a small park with a two-storey house containing a human-rights centre named after Russia's most famous…

4. Vysotsky Cultural Centre

0.83 MILES

Part museum, part performance space, part art exhibit, this cultural centre pays tribute to local legend Vladimir Vysotsky (1938–80). Singer and…

5. Museum of the Russian Icon

0.96 MILES

This museum houses the private collection of Russian art patron Mikhail Abramov. He has personally amassed a collection of more than 4000 pieces of…

6. Chistye Prudy

1.01 MILES

Clean Ponds is the lovely little pond that graces the Boulevard Ring at the ul Pokrovka intersection. The Boulevard Ring is always a prime location for…

7. Kotelnicheskaya Apartment Block

1.03 MILES

Completed in 1940, this 176m Stalinist skyscraper towers over the south of the city, at the confluence of the Moscow and Yauza Rivers.

8. Bunker-42 Cold War Museum

1.06 MILES

On a quiet side street near Taganskaya pl, a nondescript neoclassical building is the gateway to the secret Cold War–era communications centre. The…