Post Office Museum
Russian post is one of the oldest in Europe. It dates back to the formation of Kievan Rus in IX-X centuries. In those days, the so called “povoz” tax was laid on the peasantry. The population was obliged to maintain the roads, provide carts with horses, food and guides for public use. Subsequently, “povoz” became the basis for the creation of the postal services.
At present, the museum has a collection of over 40,000 original artifacts and historical documents related not only to the postal industry, but also to the communications industry, including “the Telegraph”, “the Telephone” and “the Radio”. In the cabinets and display cases of the museum you can find unique archive inventory lists of the Moscow post of XVIII – XIX centuries.
In the exhibition one can also find mailboxes; cash registers and vending machines of the sixties and seventies, which sold cards and envelopes; work tools of postmen and telecom operators; letters; telegrams; photos, communication gear of the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945). The museum also has a large stamp display.