If you are interested in the history of Russia during the 20th century, the Museum of Russian Political History is the right place for you. Located in two former private mansions that belonged to two outstanding Russian people, the ballet dancer Matilda Kshesinskaya and Baron Brandt, the museum not only reveals the latest history of the biggest country in the world but also shows some interiors from the turn of the century.
There is an exhibition devoted to Matilda Kshesinskaya, an outstanding Russian ballet dancer probably as well-known as Anna Pavlova, who happened to be the lover of two Grand Dukes from the Russian Empire (Sergey and Andrew), and even had an affair with the future Tsar Nicholas II (before his engagement with Alix of Hessen). She had a son from Grand Duke Sergey called Vladimir. However in 1921 she married Grand Duke Andrew and later Matilda received the title of Princess, establishing her own Ballet School in Paris (Margo Fountain was her pupil).
Chronologically the museum displays the events starting from the reign of Catherine the Great. However, the biggest and the most exciting part of the exhibition is devoted to the history of Russia starting from the World War I (1914) and finishing with the year 2000 when Vladimir Putin became the president of Russia.