State Memorial Museum of Leningrad Defense and Blockade, St. Petersburg

(4/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
Learn about the most harrowing period of the city's history at State Memorial Museum of Leningrad Defense and Blockade. Commemorating the 900-day Blockade of Leningrad, which lasted from September 8, 1941, to January 17, 1944, the museum tells the story of the advance of the combined German and Finnish forces and their eventual repulsion by the Red Army. You'll see photographs, arms, and personal effects of soldiers of all nationalities. Other exhibits include diaries kept by Geman offices and newspaper articles chronicling the feats of Soviet snipers. Get a closer look at propaganda material, a replica of a typical apartment interior of that time, an example of the minimal daily bread ration, and numerous handwritten notes about life under siege. View the uniforms of German siege forces and Russian defenders, paintings honoring those who led the defense, and letters and photos bearing witness to the blockade that led to the death of over 700,000 civilians. Note that exhibits are only labeled in Russian, so rent an English audio guide, or call ahead to organize an English speaking translator for group tours. Our St. Petersburg vacation generator makes visiting State Memorial Museum of Leningrad Defense and Blockade and other St. Petersburg attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • All who were lucky enough to be born and live in the city-hero of Leningrad, proud history of his native city, and, in particular, a feat the inhabitants of the city during the siege. The Museum allows you to get in touch with history, living evidence of that terrible period that survived our city, with original documents and objects, see the details, to experience them. Seats are piled up tears when reading notes and drawings by children-videsh' people. This is the story that we are obliged to know and remember. Recommend as a mandatory visit to the City Museum for all ages.
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  • Here, very near to the Fontanka River and Summer Garden of Peter the Great is located this rather modest by its exterior appearance and small museum of the Leningrad Blockade and Defense. But when we ...  more »
  • Useful, informative Museum, which shows the life of Soviet people in these endless days of blockade. Everywhere has become ordinary death. And cultural activities, sports, birth of new people. It's all so vital and so sad. In addition to general facts in the Museum a lot of personal stories, tragedies of individual families. This is a very different way of looking at things. Worth a visit and think about a lot and once again rejoice that we live in a peaceful and full time with millions of possibilities.
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