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Military Historical Museum of Artillery
a vast amount of great history
in saint petersburg russia

The off-the-beaten-path Military Historical Museum of Artillery is a place for history-lovers.

The Military Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineers and Signal Corps, is a must-see for military enthusiasts and the place to explore an extensive collection of uniforms, arms, equipment and artillery from the middle ages to the present.

From 17th century cannons to arms used during the days of the Mongols, to early attempts at machine guns to cutting edge technology of its time that failed, visitors are taken on a journey through history from medieval times to WWI, WWII and the Cold War.

The large 3-story building, which was once an arsenal, now offers a collection of memorabilia, such as medals and gifts given to Russian emperors and high-ranking commanders, along with Swedish and Turkish trophy arms and the personal arms of Napoleon from his invasion of Russia.

One of the most popular exhibits is a large room dedicated to the Kaladhnikov AK-47 and its designer, Mikhail Kalashnikov. The outside courtyard offers an impressive exhibition of heavy artillery and missile launchers, which can be explored for free.

Those who aren't normally interested in the subject of military history say the Artillery Museum is a pleasant surprise and a great place to take a family of all ages for a relaxing 2-3 hours of education and fun. Only a 10 minute walk from Gorkovskaya Metro Station, military buffs encourage those who have a passion for military history to put this attraction at the top of their to-do list.

a look inside the
Military Historical Museum of Artillery

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more about the museum of artillery

Within easy walking distance from the city center, the Military Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineers and Signal Corps is direct across from the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Kronverskiy Canal on Petrogradskiy Island.

The museum is very big and the entrance fee is cheap. Here you can learn a lot about all the wars that Russia fought in the past. If you decide to go, the following exhibitions await you:

  • Cannons made by Andrei Chokhov, maker of the famous Czar Cannon

  • An official 18th century chariot used for transportation

  • Cannons from the “Entertainment Regiments” of Peter the Great

  • Medals and personal arms of Russian emperors and high ranking commanders

  • Gifts given to emperors and military officers

  • Trophy arms of the Swedes and Turks

  • Napoleon's personal arms from his invasion of Russia

  • The famous Katyusha rocket launcher of WWII

  • Large room dedicated to Mikhail Kalashnikov and the Kalashnikov AK-47

  •  Cold War era artillery, anti-aircraft systems, armored vehicles and missiles

  • 15V75 Signal Vehicle

  • 15V148 Command Vehicle

  • 15U168 Topol ICBM Launcher

  • 9P149 Shturm-S Tank

As with most Russian museums, visitors are allowed to get close to the exhibits and see many of the intricate and interesting details, and although the descriptions are written in Russian, those familiar with military history say the information and dates are self-explanatory.

interesting facts

You should know that the building was originally an old arsenal and it is both large and over multiple levels.

Visitors are allowed to climb on designated tanks, which is as exciting for grown-ups as it is for kids. The Military Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineers and Signal Corps also has a small shop to purchase models and miniature soldiers as souvenirs and a small cafe for a quick refreshment.

where to buy tickets

You can buy tickets upon your arrival at the ticket office inside the building.

how to get there

Take the subway metro to Gorkovskaya Station. Exit to the right and walk through the park towards the Peter and Paul Fortress. At the Kronverkskiy Canal, turn right and walk about 10 minutes along the Kronverkskaya Embankment and Kamennoostrovskiy Prospekt. The Artillery Museum will be on your right-hand side. The entrance is on the riverside.

practical information

Address: 7, Aleksandrovsky Park

Metro: Gorkovskaya or Sportivnaya

Telephone: +7 (812) 232-0296

Open: Wednesday to Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm, last admission is at 5 pm

Closed: Monday, Tuesday as well as the last Thursday of each month

Website: www.artillery-museum.ru

Admission: Adult: 400 Rubles Student: 250 Rubles

Photo and video: Possible but under payment

Accessibility note: Wheelchair access is available to main collections on the 1st and 2nd floors. Third floor is not accessible.

tips & recommendations

  • Please note that exhibits are identified in Russian only. If you would like to have assistance in English, a local tour guide or a staff member from the museum can provide a guided tour. Also note, many visitors familiar with military history say the lack of English does not impede their ability to understand, as the dates provided are self-explanatory.
  • For your information, the outside exhibits in the courtyard are free.

  • Visitors are allowed to climb on some of the outdoor tanks. Kids love this!

  • The souvenir shop and cafe are very small but good enough to have a cheap and decent cup of tea and rest.

  • If you plan a visit there takes at least 2-3 hours to see it all. Some say they could easily spend more time there.
  • You can combine a stop to the Museum together with a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress as they are very close to each other.
  • Before you start your visit we suggest that you remove bags and coats and leave them at the cloakroom, where there is a free service before visiting the halls. Start your tour on the right-hand side of the main ticket office.

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