Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy was originally meant to be a temporary exhibition to the 20th anniversary of Soviet power, but due to its delayed construction, the original concept had to be reconsidered. The exhibition complex was inaugurated in August 1939. There were numerous thematic pavilions, each of which was constructed in an original style. At the entrance stood the Worker and Kolkhoz Woman sculpture, created by Vera Mukhina for the international exhibition in Paris, where it received rave reviews. Later, monumental fountains appeared in the park, and the famous American National Exhibition took place in 1959. Soon, the complex's exposition became a year-round public event.
The exhibition was closed in the 1990s after falling into to disrepair, but in 2014 the pavilions underwent reconstruction, and the territory of VDNH was connected with Ostankino Park and the Moscow Botanical Garden.
Today, VDNH is not only an illustrative monument to the Soviet era, but also a modern city park with a variety of activities. The park has preserved its historical appearance, but their insides have been modernized: some pavilions host museum expositions and lecture halls and others serve as educational spaces. The Cosmos pavilion, with unusual glass-and steel-dome was made into a thematic museum, featuring models of modern spaceships and futuristic exhibits alongside Soviet artifacts. And Moscow's main museums organize temporary expositions at the pavilion where Worker and Kolkhoz Woman statue was moved. Some buildings in the park were completely rebuilt: the Cinema Museum has three rooms and a lecture hall (pavilion No. 36), Fairy Tale Theater features performances based on Russian folklore (Pavilion No. 9), and the Soyuzmultpark Multimedia Center hosts and Interactive exhibition "Robostation".
Festivals often take place in the park: the Green Theatre, a large open-air concert venue, appeared here after reconstruction. In winter, VDNH also plays host to Moscow's largest. It is located on the Main Alley around the famous Friendship of Nations and Stone Flower fountains.
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