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