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

Russian State Museum of Arctic and Antarctic
Ranked #95 of 1,896 things to do in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
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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 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 surprised to find as many as 3 people working there, and about another 8 or so visitors while I was there, but now I'm surprised that it doesn't get a lot more visitors!
Yes so there is very little English, in many parts none at all, but the exhibits are well laid out, stories well told through photos, models and various items on display, including displays of penguins, a polar bear and various birds and foxes, tools and implements, ship models, clothing, maps...so I found it well worthwhile to spend about 40 minutes walking through the museum...in an old church building, so not so large a space, downstairs is the Arctic section and upstairs the Antarctic.
With more English translations, I would rate this very highly!

Thank Anfield33
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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. I had no idea how much the Soviets wanted to explore the Arctic in the 30's. The section of World War II was very educational .They do have a large polar bear stuffed but the poor guy is showing his age. This is a not a heavily visited site and I hope that will change for the better! PS - The staff was extra nice even thou their english skills were near none

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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 but I didn't think it mattered. An excellent display of animals and birds. Also the the items used to get their and do research. Well worth a visit

Thank leeatlife
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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 largest museum dedicated to polar exploration in the world. The current director of the museum is Victor Boyarsky. It is a fascinating museum located in an orthodox church.

I wasn't very keen in entering the museum as I already had enough share of museums in the city since my arrival. Hence, I decided to give it a pass. On further research, I was informed that this museum houses collections of polar offerings like stuffed polar bears, eccentric aircraft, fine detailed maps of the region and the likes. Do visit if you are a history aficionado.

Thank Sachin0408
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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
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