Saransk also plays an important role in the cultural life of the republic. There are a lot of of theatres, museums, cinemas and churches in the town.
In 1935 the Mordovian Drama theatre was open. The actors of the Moscow Academic Maly Theatre had a great influence on formation and development of the theater in Mordovia.
It is Mordovian state national theatre. The grand opening of the new building of theatre took place on July 19, 2007 during the international festival "Shumbrat, Finno-Ugriya!" The facade of the building is decorated by the sculptures of the national Mordovia artist N. M. Filatov. Performances are given in the Moksha, Erzya and Russian languages.The performances in the national languages are interpreted into Russian.
The State Musical Yaushev theatre . In September 2011 the staff of theater moved to anew building. From that moment on the theatre is called Opera and Ballet Theatre. The theatre has a big hall with 714 seats and a scene of 400 sq.m. The hall has excellent acoustics.
The Erzya Gallery is a fine place to enjoy Art. The sculptor’s masterpieces made of special kinds of tropical trees are famous all over the world.
The museum of Local Lore is dedicated primarily to the history of the city. it is the place that you ought to visit if you want to know something about Saransk and the republic. .
On December 9, 2004 in Saransk the cinema of new generation "Victory" solemnly opened the doors. The leading designers of the country realized the maim victory symbol -a sword- in the form of the cinema building. In the cinema the best known world and Russian films are shown. Hundreds of people come here on holidays to have a rest and watch a movie with children.
There are a lot of tourist attractions within walking distance of the centre. Soviet Square is the heart of Saransk. Here you can see the monument to the Unknown Soldier. It reminds that the Second World War has taken away the lives of millions of people and Eternal Flame at the monument is the reminder of those who died liberating the country from German fascists.
Spacious Sobornaya Square is situated near the Soviet Square.
The tourists may appreciate the charm of Pushkin Park, where they can walk and enjoy its beauty.