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Russian State Museum of Arctic and Antarctic
Ranked #95 of 1,896 things to do in St. Petersburg
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Owner description: 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.
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 paintings of ships or explorers – there’s one of LENIN discussing some ideas with a group of other men who are probably Polar Explorers.

They have a great collection of scrimshaw.

Unfortunately, the labelling is mostly in Russian so like with most places in Russia, you will get a lot more out of it if you learn the Cyrillic alphabet.

A very interesting museum if you are interested in polar exploration.

1  Thank Aussieeod
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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.

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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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Reviewed 21 January 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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Reviewed 27 June 2014

This very small museum is housed in a former 'old believers' church. There are very informative displays about the Arctic on the ground floor, while more limited displays about the Antarctic are on the upper floor accessed by several flights of stairs.

The Museum naturally has a Russian bias and most of the labelling is Russian. However, an excellent English audio guide is available and if you use the map and guide together you will not miss out on anything. The model ships, dioramas and paintings are very impressive and the church setting adds to the atmosphere.

All in all this was a really good find.

2  Thank Tom C
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