State Memorial Museum of Leningrad Defense and Blockade, St. Petersburg
(4/5 based on 160+ 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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  • We visited this museum due to the closure of the exhibition of photography. The exhibition is very impressive, but November 15 it will be gone, so that it is just a couple of words, but they can be attributed to the permanent exhibition: with very great sensitivity shows life in the besieged city, photographs are accompanied by dnevnikovymi records people, creates the effect of slew of horror the daily life of the besieged city, rolling in stoic to it addictive and through it out in daylight in a breakout of the blockade. Actually, the entire museum-about it, about overcoming the daily, doughy, painful. It's quite a bit of ceremonial, pompous, ostentatious and it is wonderful. In this Museum, it becomes clear why this victory took place, despite still shattering at first advantage of the German war machine. 'S a titanic Perseverance throughout, ranging from a simple life, sporting events, concerts and performances, planting vegetables and Greens from the Hermitage and Saint and finishing daily feats of soldiers and officers of all branches of the armed forces, militias, workers and other residents of the city, ensured victory. This museum reminds me of a modest tacit veteran whose war-monstrous lifetime psychological wound, so saying such a war veteran, as a rule, you don't want to, because it hurts. But still need to talk. Thank you for such a museum.
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  • Although the building is small there is an awful lot of information so you will need a couple of hours at least. Well worth visit 
  • Being aficionado theme, having already visited several museums of war around the world, and read some books about the siege of Leningrad, I decided to come to this museum. It was disappointing. The Museum has very modest dimensions (read: is small), and almost everything is written only in Russian. But the worst is that the Museum adopts a very old-fashioned approach of the subject. A poster explaining some pictures on the wall, Chronicles: "the Finns had already attacked the motherland before, this time joined the fascist aggressors". Well, this is sheer Stalinist rhetoric of the Decade of 1940. In addition to Stalin invaded Finland for free on "Winter war", that already accepted by the Russians. In addition, not tells the story this way (as if it was communist propaganda speech) even in Russia today. So, I got the impression that this was a Museum created in the time of communism, and that little is renewed since then.
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