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 made to either sugar-coat, or dumb down history. The displays on the effects of the mass starvation of the population are not for the faint of heart, but are compelling, and remind us just how close Hitler came to seizing Leningrad. I went with my wife, so I have checked this off as a couples visit - though I cannot imagine anyone coming here for a first date.
There is no bookstore, or Museum Shop of any kind either in the museum, or vicinity. If you are trying to find the museum using the Insight plastic coated visitors map, you may get lost, as the location is incorrectly listed on the map. There is no cafe at this museum - you may not have much of an appetite after seeing exhibits on cannibalism - but the Botanika Cafe is only about a block away, on ul Pestelya (vegetarian only - just as well).
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