Military Historical Artillery Museum, St. Petersburg

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Gain an appreciation of the history of Russia's military weaponry at Military Historical Artillery Museum. Peter the Great opened the museum in 1703 with an exhibit of a cannon cast by Andrei Chokhov, a renowned cannon and bell caster during the reign of Ivan the Terrible. The museum boasts a collection ranging from the 15th century to the present, with weapons, armor, and military uniforms from Russia and Europe. Keep your eye out for the personal effects and arms of Russian emperors, Napoleon’s personal arms used during his disastrous invasion of Russia, and a gallery devoted to the AK-47 and its designer. The museum contains very little information in English. Use our St. Petersburg journey planner to add Military Historical Artillery Museum and other attractions to your St. Petersburg vacation plans.
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  • Interesting place, especially for boys. Lots of weapons, guns, plants. Try to gradually make repairs. The day off was not very much, quite quiet. If it were not for the rough isolation myself the most clever, garderobshhiki-would put 5. But, these "you" left a very nasty sludge.
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  • The front of the museum has a great selection of fixed and tracked artillery pieces and some armoured vehicles which you can see for free. The inside of the museum requires a fe of 400 roubles entranc...  more »
  • This museum is particularly interesting for the little boys, adolescents, boys ... Here you start to even more proud of their country, its military power. You can see, you can touch, and some exhibits can even climb)))
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  • The museum is impressive in its scale, but it seems that the staff aren't able to deal with the repurcussions that come from it. Some of exhibits obviously haven't been cared for in a very long time since there is a layer of dust on them. Some of the rifles are missing bolts and barrel band screws. During my visit, the staff started booting visitors about an hour before the posted closing time. They said that if you go to an exhibit hall further down the exhibition, that you could stay a little longer. Even if you did that, you still could only stay until the winter closing time, which is half an hour before the winter one iirc. The museum in its design and exhibits is obviously catered towards Russians. The bathrooms will look unusual for foreigners, but were considered really nice public restrooms until not too long ago. Most of the informational plaques are in Russian. The ticket price for foreigners is higher than for Russian speakers (which is the one and only time I've ever seen this in a Russian museum). However, it's still a really interesting place to go to even if you don't speak Russian because all of the exhibits are items, not some print outs, and there is an insane amount of items there. Overall, if I'd come a little earlier and was able to walk through the entire exhibition without being rushed, I would have really enjoyed the experience there. However, the fact that the museum started closing ahead of the posted time without warning is outrageous and the obvious lack of care showed on some of the items.
  • The artillery museum was a great experience and one that definitely should not be overlooked. While it's difficult to interpret much of the Russian and foreigners must pay a higher ticket price (just speak Russian and you can avoid this, it's only a few dollars), the experience is worth it. Don't spend too much time in the courtyard or the historical rooms and instead walk through and see what's upstairs. The Kalashnikov, WW2 and Cold war rooms are incredible, with amazing models and hardware that you can almost touch. I would high recommend this to anyone with an interest in military hardware from any era.
  • Museum is in russian, but fine for the militaristically interested tourist. Lots of interesting military hardware to see.
  • Unfortunately everything is written only in Russian, but the exhibited stuff are interesting and there are tanks and stuff in the front garden of the museum which is free to see
  • Poorly lit exhibits, it looks like a Soviet era museum. The actual items are okay. Lots of cannons. But the worst part is the staff, they are absolutely rude and unhelpful. Even the toilets are dirty. Bad experience

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