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Military Museum, Chisinau

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  • Well, they had an event when I went, so we could not visit it. But we could take photos and poke all the exhibits in the yard, so that was pretty neat. Quite a few interesting exhibits, ranging from.....  more
    Well, they had an event when I went, so we could not visit it. But we could take photos and poke all the exhibits in the yard, so that was pretty neat. Quite a few interesting exhibits, ranging from.....  more »
  • We came here on our final day in Moldova before our late afternoon flight. Finding the building was easy and it's hard to miss the various aircraft, missiles and aeroplanes outside. But when... 
    We came here on our final day in Moldova before our late afternoon flight. Finding the building was easy and it's hard to miss the various aircraft, missiles and aeroplanes outside. But when...  more »
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  • Fantastic experience, must see.
  • I think this place is best known for a few tanks, MiGs, rockets and artillary pieces outside, which it seems entirely possible to see for free even outside museum hours, but the inside is also worth visiting. It starts with a room of both ancient and medieval weaponry and proceeds through 17th, 18th and 19th centuries to the major conflicts of the 20th century, including the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. There is also a bit about the 1992 secession of Transnistria (worth contrasting with the treatment of the same event in the Tiraspol museum, if you get there too) and Chernobyl, where you can real photos of events you may have seen in the drama series. Then, just as you think it is coming to an end, it all gets very dark. You head down into the basement past displays on the Molotov/ von Ribbentrop pact and the Soviet occupation to a series of galleries about the Cheka, NKVD and various stories of deporation to the gulag in Siberia. English language signage is quite good, but there are lots of letters and documents which are not. Nonetheless, it is quite moving and makes this museum stand out over other, similar institutions I have seen.

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