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Russian State Museum of Arctic and Antarctic

Marata St., 24A, St. Petersburg 191040, Russia
+7 812 571-25-49
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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 July 30, 2017
Bryan_Landry
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Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada
Different but very good

This museum is situated in an old church which gives it great surroundings. The Museum itself is... read more

Reviewed May 18, 2017
leeatlife
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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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.
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  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Marata St., 24A, St. Petersburg 191040, Russia
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Reviewed July 30, 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

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Reviewed May 18, 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
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Reviewed May 4, 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

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Reviewed February 23, 2017 via mobile

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

Thank Bradley W
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Reviewed February 9, 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
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Reviewed January 22, 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
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Reviewed July 31, 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

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Reviewed December 31, 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.

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Reviewed November 29, 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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Reviewed January 21, 2015

Lovely place with a huge collection of artefacts and reproductions during Russian expeditions in the Poles.

1  Thank Fabien P
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