We invite you to visit the Bolshoi theatre which recently opened its doors after 6 years of a major renovation. During the tour you'll see the fabulous halls with restored 19th-century interiors, learn about the most advanced technologies used in the theatre today and even go behind the scenes to watch a rehearsal if there is one during your visit.
Bolshoi theatre tour
The history of the theatre goes back to the late 18th century; the existing old building was designed by the architect Joseph Bové in 1825. During the Soviet years, the Bolshoi was refurbished a few times, but the original tsarist interior and acoustics were seriously damaged. But now the experts can prove that the unique acoustics and the interior decorations of the theatre are restored.
Restored halls of the Bolshoi theatre
The Bolshoi today is one of the most technically advanced theatres in the world. During the tour, you'll visit the lower lobby, White (main) lobby, the luxurious imperial Great and Small Halls that offer exhibitions of Opera and Ballet. You will also learn about the features of Beethoven's underground hall-transformer: in a few minutes, it turns into a concert hall, orchestra pit, and a choir hall or into an auditorium depending on the event.
Beethoven's underground hall-transformer
Bolshoi theatre tour highlights
- Enjoy a 1,5- 2 hour private guided tour of the Bolshoi
- Marvel at the splendid interior of the six-tier auditorium with no people inside.
- Take a stroll through marvelous Imperial Foyers.
- Visit the museum with a theatre historian. Discover a fascinating collection of costumes and photos and hear intriguing stories of the Bolshoi.
- Learn the secrets of the incredible acoustics of the theatre.
- There might be a rare opportunity to watch the rehearsals; however, we can never guarantee it.
Crystal chandelier in the main hall
Optional Tour extension
Willing to meet and talk with Bolshoi theatre ballet dancer? You will have a marvelous opportunity to dive into the world of ballet and pointed shoes. Upon request, we invite a ballet dancer to our tour to share some of her art's ins and outs during an improvised Q&A session. The session usually lasts 30-40 min.
Interested? Please indicate 'ballet dancer meet' in your tour order, and the manager will check her availability.
When to visit
Private Bolshoi theatre tour is available daily from 10 am till around 4 pm. In general, we do not recommend visiting the theatre on Monday as on this day you have fewer chances to watch a rehearsal.
Bolshoi theatre tours are not always available on weeл-ends. If you wish to visit the theatre on Saturday or Sunday, we'd need to contact the theatre and reconfirm if there's a chance to schedule the tour for a weekend.
We will be happy to make the theatre visit as a part of your Moscow tours
Bolshoi theatre tour