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State Memorial Museum of Leningrad Defense and Blockade

Solyanoi Lane, 9 | Metro: Chernyshevskaya, St. Petersburg 191028, Russia
(812) 275-75-47
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Ranked #95 of 1,064 Attractions in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Description: The museum tells about the life of the city during the 900-day siege in 1941-44b.
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Paarl, South Africa
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156 reviews 156 reviews
68 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

A unique story of courage and a city working together illustrated well with photographs and images from this difficult time in history. Through sheer determination and working together as a nation they defeated the Nazi's. Very moving story.

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This museum provides an informative and excellent guide to the Blockade of Leningrad. I liked the ambiance of the place, the feeling that you were stepping back into time upon entering the museum (circa 1970) and then further back in time to the Siege of Leningrad, which was a sober and highly informative experience. The guides are helpful and I... More

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TWells
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56 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

So so. The story is important and the guides do well to bring it to life. The stuff on display is interesting too - but the layout and design is circa a 1970's museum unfortunately, particularly for such an important topic.

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Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

The museum could do better in telling the fascinating and tragic history of the siege of Leningrad. Instead it just felt like a mix-mash of objects strewn together. There is not that much English. We were expecting to read about the personal accounts of survivors, however we couldn't find any - translated in English anyway. It might have been better... More

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Busan, South Korea
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

This is a very mediocre museum, and especially if you do not read in Russian. I've read a few other reviews on this thread before I visited, and decided it was worth a visit. It really isn't. It's quite a disappointment actually, since all you really get are some behind-the-glass displays of wartime memorabilia, some maps, artwork, and a few... More

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Oslo
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49 reviews 49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

The story of blockade is a tragical one and one that deserves a good story-telling museum. This one makes a good effort in picturing the different aspects of the siege and its progression. I do not agree to those who say that it is a "traditional", exhibit-centered museum. I would call it more of a transitional museum: the authors have... More

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New York City, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Museum is not that big but has a lot of interesting things on display like uniforms, guns, artifacts, clothing, documents, photographs etc. if only one can imagine what those people went thru during those 2-3 years. My friends were not impressed but i enjoyed it a lot and I think it's worth a visit for everyone interested in history or... More

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

A small museum not far away from the city center. About 15 minutes walk from the Summer Garden or Church on Spilled Blood. St.-Petersburg (former name - Leningrad) was besieged for almost 900 days (1941-1943) by Nazis during the WW2. More than 1 million of sitizens-mostly civilians - died of constant heavy bombing and hunger. Nazi troops were standing in... More

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near Phila.
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102 reviews 102 reviews
30 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

The English language summaries of the exhibits are sketchy, but if you have read up on the seige of Leningrad, during WW2, it is easy to work your way through this Museum. The collection of artifacts from weapons, to communications eqipment, to captured SS uniforms and nazi propaganda, is gripping. This is no disney style museum, and no attempt is... More

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NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

While there wasn't an English translation of every Russian story board, there was a summary English story board for every single display case. i found it to be sufficient, and it is a moving story, told with real artifacts. Staff made an effort to be helpful. my only objection is that we all know the guy who set up this... More

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