VDNH– the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy– is the largest exposition, museum and recreational complex in the world, one of the most popular public spaces of the capital of Russia. It is visited by almost 30 million guests a year.
The exhibition was opened on August 01, 1939. Its name changed several times – VSHV, VPV, VDNH of the USSR, VVC.
VDNH is united with the “Ostankino” Park, and their total area exceeds 325 hectares: 240.2 hectares – the total area of VDNH, 75.6 hectares – the “Ostankino” Park and 9.5 hectares – the Museum and Exhibition Center “Worker and Kolkhoz Woman”, as well as an area in front of the Main entrance. The territory of the Exhibition accommodates an array of masterpieces of architecture: 49 objects of VDNH are recognized monuments of cultural heritage.
VDNH began its return to life at the end of 2013, when Russian President Vladimir Putin handed over the unique exhibition complex to the Government of Moscow. In the spring of 2014, Moscow Government launched a large-scale project to renew the Exhibition. Following an initiative of the Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin and the results of electronic voting of city residents on the “Engaged Citizen” portal, the complex was returned its legendary historical name – the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy.
In the spring of 2014, accident-prevention works were carried out in the pavilions of VDNH, tons of garbage were removed, trade in historic buildings was prohibited.
In 2017, the second stage of the exhibition renewal began – large-scale reconstruction and site improvements, creation of new development zones and restoration of historical pavilions.
Today VDNH is a unique space of museum and exhibition projects, international business exhibitions and congresses, festivals and holidays.
According to a comprehensive concept of VDNH development, its territory will be divided into seven zones with the distinctive theme, image and meaning of each. These are: a Central Alley with a unique exhibition space “Museum City”, an all-season Theme Park, an educational cluster “Knowledge Park", a Landscape Park, a Crafts Park, an EXPO zone and the “Ostankino” Park.