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Russian State Museum of Arctic and Antarctic

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Must Visit...even knowing there's little English!

Once I knew this museum was just around the corner from my hotel, I had to go, even knowing that... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2018
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A gem in the ice

Don't let the exterior throw you off, this old church holds a real history of arctic exploration... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2017
Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada
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Celebrated Russian polar expeditions and rescue missions are dramatically detailed and illustrated at this museum, which contains the original small plane that carried the Chelyuskin crew to safety in a 1934 rescue operation.
Marata St., 24A, St. Petersburg 191040, Russia
+7 812 571-25-49
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Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

Once I knew this museum was just around the corner from my hotel, I had to go, even knowing that there's not much English - any exhibit around the subject of Arctic and Antarctic life and exploration is always fascinating! Considering previous reviews, I was...More

Thank Anfield33
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Don't let the exterior throw you off, this old church holds a real history of arctic exploration. Be warned there is no ENGLISH at this muesum However the richness of the displays is overwhelming and you can pretty much interpret all they have to offer....More

1  Thank Bryan_Landry
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

This museum is situated in an old church which gives it great surroundings. The Museum itself is fascinating, not the topic you'd usually find in a museum but well done Russia. Probably about a third of descriptions have an English translation and no audio guide...More

Thank leeatlife
Reviewed 4 May 2017

The Russian State Arctic and Antarctic Museum was established in November 1930 as part of the Soviet Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, but was not opened until six years later. The museum is located in Avraam Melnikov's Neoclassical church from the 1820's and remains the...More

Thank Sachin0408
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

It has some very beautiful and well kept animals and interesting paintings almost everywhere. Definitely worth a look.

Thank Bradley W
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

This church building belongs to museum since 1930s. But in 2016 there are some reasons to close museum and return building to church. It means that ALL beautiful dioramas from 1930s will be destroyed!! So don't miss the chance to visit it. Even if you...More

Thank Irina B
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

This is for sure an uncommon museum, both for the topic - Russian/Soviet polar explorations - and for the setting - a former church. The museum is on two floors. The lowest is dedicated to the exploration of the Arctic region by Russian and Soviet...More

1  Thank Carlo R
Reviewed 31 July 2016

Catch the Metro to Dostoevskaya Station. Outside to Kolokonaya Ulitsa, right into Marata, and on the next corner, in what is obviously an old church, is the Arctic and Antarctic Museum. On several levels, the places that would have once held religious paintings now have...More

1  Thank Aussieeod
Reviewed 31 December 2015 via mobile

The place isnworth the visit but however will be more fruitful if there was narration in English for every exhibit. For non Russian speaker like us we were quite lost as there was no translation provided. Nevertheless, the exhibits were still interesting to look at.

Thank FinaIshak
Reviewed 29 November 2015

Unique museum...the great discoveries of scientists and travelers, a lot of artifacts, a small plane that saved the life of some crew, great history....Not comfortable for wheel-chair, only 1st floor is accessible. Not open every day.

Thank Lilian C
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