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

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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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  • I enjoyed my visit to this museum and am glad that I made time to see it. There are very few signs in English, however, so the majority of the museum's displays cannot be comprehended by those who do ...  more »
  • An amazing museum that tells such a story of triumph out of tragedy. This museum is a must visit if your into your history. Not a lot in English but the audio guide is excellent.  more »
  • For me this museum was a very fascinating experience, considering that I knew practically nothing of the history of the Leningrad blockade. There is not much written explanation in English, so be sure...  more »

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