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State Memorial Museum of Leningrad Defense and Blockade

Address: Solyanoi Lane, 9 | Metro: Chernyshevskaya, St. Petersburg 191028, Russia
Phone Number: (812) 275-75-47
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Ranked #144 of 976 Attractions in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: The museum tells about the life of the city during the 900-day siege in 1941-44b.

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Wiltshire UK
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Other reviewers are right in that this is a low key museum with little modern interactive wizardry, but to those of us who grew up having to look at stuff for ourselves rather than be told what to see and think, that is not a problem. What makes the museum work for non-Russian speakers is the excellent English audio guide.... More

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Raanana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This is an extremely disappointing museum. We made great efforts to find and reach it being interested in World War II history. The place is dilapidated, there were not enough self-guiding tools to rent, exhibits were static, dark, poor English, very poor visuals. They do not even show a short documentary on the siege --- yet so many good ones... More

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Paarl, South Africa
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167 reviews 167 reviews
72 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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162 reviews 162 reviews
62 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
6 helpful votes 6 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
31 helpful votes 31 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
11 attraction reviews
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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