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Grand Maket Russia, St. Petersburg

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Boasting one of the largest railway models in Europe, Grand Maket Russia features a three-dimensional layout with mountains, lakes, forests, rivers, and small towns. Hundreds of modelers and artists worked on this display, opened in 2012 with the aim of introducing visitors to the country's diverse communities and lifestyles. The layout contains street scenes depicting modern Russia, with functioning factories, flying helicopters, moving cars, and lifelike figures of people and animals. The museum's two-level railroad links the entire setup, with automatic changes from day to night and back giving the representation an added feeling of reality. Photography is permitted free of charge, so don't forget to bring your camera. To visit Grand Maket Russia and other attractions in St. Petersburg, use our St. Petersburg trip itinerary builder.
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  • I was concerned about hitting museums with young children. So, we opted for the Grand Market to give our children a survey of Russia rather than boring them with a bunch of pictures. I was shocked at ...  more »
  • Very clever set up and the models are stunning, with great attention to detail. It was fun to actually see what all the interactive buttons do - some are not obvious at all. It's really impressive whe...  more »
  • We visited this museum with my teenage sons and they seemed to enjoy it. The exhibition is indeed interactive with lots of moving trains, cars and other elements. The creators used their sense of humo...  more »
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  • Nice place for children! You can see model of places and facilities all over the Russia. Very detail in shape, almost looks like to see real one.
  • Such a wonderful place to pass time if you have some extra time in St Petersburg
  • Amazing exhibition! Recommend to everyone who wants to explore Russia from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok in 2 hours. Creators deserve a special thank for sense of humor.
  • A place not generally on tourist itineraries in St Petersburg, but definitely highly recommended. Beautiful interactive model of all Russia, with every type of landscape and constructions. We could have stayed so much longer.
  • Very interesting model highlighting both the diversity and the size of Russia. We aren't all polar bears in the Arctic here ;) The major focus of the model is on transportation, a huge number of trains running all across the huge relief map in full auto, including traversing over the visitor passageway separating European and Asian parts. The day/night cycle flows from east to west, not for the whole expo at once, again, emphasizing the size. Model animations are relatively simple otherwise, at least, compared to some of similar projects I saw. Grandmaket creators have a very interesting sense of humor, part of which might sail ten feet over the head of non-natives, because it relies on current and Soviet cultural tropes. Also, oddly for a project as big as this, Grandmaket could not find a half-decent translator.

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