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Historical and Memorial Museum Smolny

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Historical and Memorial Museum Smolny

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alexey2612 wrote a review Apr 2020
Moscow, Russia15,941 contributions2,175 helpful votes
I agree with the previous contributors, that it is hard to get in. I was in Smolny on business, after the meeting was over, the hosts were kind enough to offer a tour of the Lenin's office on the third floor. The one on the second floor was under repairs. It is situated in the left wing. A small room where it all happened. In the corner a bed where Lenin slept during the fist days. Then he moved to the second floor where there was a bigger room for him and Nadezhda Konstantinovna.
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Date of experience: December 2019
opera_fanatic47 wrote a review May 2018
Arles-sur-Tech, France246 contributions182 helpful votes
Smolny Institute, a school for girls, the first in Russia, was founded by Catherine the Great, and, more importantly, later became the headquarters of Russia's Bolshevik Party in the period immediately before and after the October Revolution. It is now the seat of the St. Petersburg Governorate. Hence, in order to visit, one must provide one's passport details at least 2-4 weeks in advance, and, on the day of the visit, the actual passport must be presented. All of this is best done through a tour organization, through the concierge of a hotel, or, as I did, via the services of a private guide who knows what he or she is doing. On the day of the visit, one is conducted for about 90 minutes by a guide who gives the tour entirely in Russian, hence the necessity of providing one's own translator/interpreter. The cost of the visit is 1500 rubles per person, with a minimum charge of 4500 rubles, about $70. I was on my own, with my Russian guide-translator, so I paid the price for 3, even though we were just the two of us. The official guide was a very nice young woman who was waiting for us in the lobby upon our arrival, who facilitated everything, and who answered all questions. And after all is said and done, the visit was easy to accomplish, and all the staff of the Institute, including the security guards, were extremely welcoming. The point of visiting Smolny is to see first-hand the place where Lenin actually proclaimed the Revolution on October 25, 1917. (That's the old-style date.) It's a thrill to see. It's still used today for city government meetings. It is a room which frequently saw the presence of John Reed, American journalist played by Warren Beatty in the movie Reds, who was given a written laissez-passer by the Bolshevik Military Revolutionary Committee. (One interesting sidelight: Franz Liszt and both of the Schumanns performed in this very hall in the 19th century.) Lenin lived in the Smolny until March 1918, when the entire Soviet government was transferred to Moscow to escape the Civil War. You see the extremely modest living quarters of Lenin and of Krupskaya his wife, as well as his office and the rooms where he conducted business. Somewhere in Smolny's main corridor, Sergei Kirov, head of the Leningrad Communist Party organization, was assassinated in 1934 under circumstances still not entirely clear. Vladimir Putin worked here as part of Mayor Anatoly Sobchak's administration for 6 years in the 1990s. Look: This visit would bore probably 99% of visitors, even with a translator. You really need to be into it. You need to be a fanatic about Russian history. I loved it and was moved by it. To be in the very space where the Revolution was proclaimed, how incredible was that!
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Mike Z - Marlene O wrote a review Sep 2017
San Jose, California177 contributions85 helpful votes
This building has two museums: Lenin's office and living quarters, and a boarding school for young girls of noble families founded by Catherine the Great - which is what the building was built for. The other parts of the building are used by the governor of St. Petersburg so make sure you have your passport with you. No passport - no entry! It's a very interesting place - both museums that can't be on more opposite side. Lenin's office and quarters symbolizing the revolution and the boarding school for aristocracy. Add to that the fact that Russian president Putin used to work there and you have a perfect plot for a novel. Visits are available as guided tours only and accompanied with an official (policeman) all the time since the building is still used for government offices. Quite interesting visit. Recommended!
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Date of experience: August 2017
Mark Benjamin L wrote a review Sep 2017
Dubai, United Arab Emirates556 contributions201 helpful votes
This beautiful building was originally a boarding school for young girls of noble families founded by Catherine the Great . The girls were schooled to become accomplished and well educated young ladies . When the 1917 revolution took place in Russia the building became the headquarters of the Bolsheviks and Lenin lived in an apartment in the building for some time afterwards . When Leningrad became the second city of Russia and government moved to Moscow , Sergei Kirov , the glamorous , young Bolshevik party boss of the city ( the man tipped to inherit leadership of the Party from Stalin ) had his government office here and it was here he was assassinated. My wife and I visited on enjoyed walking around outside but we came too late to go inside to the museum ( a great regret ). An attractive and important historical building - well worth a visit .
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Date of experience: August 2017
Nehama b wrote a review Jul 2017
11 contributions3 helpful votes
Need to arrange the visit IN ADVANCE AND MIN COST IS 150$ No matter if you are a 1 person or 25 persons
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Date of experience: July 2017
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