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  • Location:Moscow, Russian Federation
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Private Tour of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow

Discover the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, one of the most famous theaters in the world! You'll see its architectural highlights, including the ornately decorated interiors where top-notch ballet and opera performances have been featured for over 250 years. You'll also learn the dramatic history of this national treasure from your professional guide on this 2-hour private tour.


  • Tour of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow with a private guide
  • Marvel at the lavish decor of the Main Hall, the Imperial Foyer and the Presidential box seats
  • Learn about the recently completed 6-year renovation that restored the theater to its former opulence
  • See the legendary stage where famous Russian ballets such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake were first performed

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow

See inside the historic Bolshoi Theater in Moscow

After meeting your guide in front of the theater, you’ll pass through the tall columns of the building and enter the grand interior. Follow your guide to the main hall of the Bolshoi, a six-tier auditorium handsomely decorated in crimson and gold, and one of the largest theater halls in the world.

The Bolshoi originally opened its doors in 1856 on the coronation day of Tsar Alexander, but was damaged by fires and Soviet-era neglect. Recent restorations have returned the theater to its historical appearance and brought back its legendary acoustics. State-of-the-art machinery and stage equipment have also been added. Your guide will share tales of the six years, thousands of specialists and bundles of money (with attendant scandals) that it took to renovate this world-class theater.

As you walk around the theater, you’ll check out the box seats that were once designated for Russian emperors and are now reserved for the Russian president. Then you’ll stop into the richly adorned Imperial Foyer, where emperors walked with attendants before performances and during intermissions. The architect designed the acoustics of the foyer so that even the emperor’s whisper could be heard throughout the room. You’ll also stroll through the museum of the Bolshoi Theater where you’ll find interpretive displays and memorabilia of the theater’s long history.

This is a chance to visit this historic building without the hassle of buying expensive and hard-to-find tickets. Your guide will provide lively commentary on the history of this Russian architectural treasure, as well as local knowledge about current performances and news.

Customer Reviews

Sujeni W

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

The tour guide who met us up in front the Bolshoi theater was actually the translator. She translate all the narration given by the Bolshoi Theater staff in Russian, which in this case make the tour a bit boring which we have to listen twice the same explanation in Russianwhich we don't understand and then in English. Then the audience hall is not light up when we enter the hall. I did ask for the lights to be turn on for some 5-10 minutes for me to enjoy and feel the atmosphere of the theater with all the grand chandelier lights, rows of audience seats glimmering in gold while the lights is on. But the Bolshoi Theater staff said No. A bit disappointed. But for soem unknown reason, the lights did turn on for some 2-3 minutes. Overall, the tour guide is very friendly and I can tell she is trying her best to make sure we enjoy the tour.

Michael A

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

Enjoyed the tour and the guides were very good. Two disappointments - that we were unable to see behind the scenes of the theatre and that we did not have an English speaking guide which we realised there were at the theatre. Our guide from Viator made a really good job of the translation but it obviously took a bit of time and some of the meaning was inevitably lost a bit.

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