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Military Historical Artillery Museum
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Half-day Private Tour of Saint-Petersburg
Ranked #51 of 1,781 things to do in St. Petersburg
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Owner description: A vast collection of weapons and military objects from the Middle Ages to modern times are displayed at this museum which includes artillery and missile launchers in an open-air exhibit and a small souvenir shop.
Dallas, Texas
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“Free Ride? Awesome Cannons!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

I arrived on a day the main museum was closed. No way in. So why the five stars?

Five stars because I still got to wander around the outer courtyard for free and take a million pictures of cannons and artillery and missiles and military tractors and nuclear missile launchers and and and and and and and

Needless to say, my inner ten-year-old was quite pleased with the exhibits... and I got 'em all, free! Had I been able to go on in, I would have had even more fun.

Visited July 2012
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“An amazing historic military museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2012

I visited this museum by chance as we came across it on the way to another site, walking along in the snow I was very impressed by the exhibits outside which made me want to go inside.

English is not well spoken or well sign posted as previously mentioned, as with many attractions in Russia you pay an entrance ticket for yourself and your camera. A video camera can cost more, luckily my SLR can do both but I still had to have a ticket.

A lot of history in this museum and some amazing pictures / exhibits from WWII and the battle over Petrograd/Leningrad and the amazing endurance of the Russian people during that time. The museum is managed by lots of babushka's who do not speak english and generally do not seem to like any tourists! However we just learnt to ignore them and if you walk purposely they ignore you.

If you are into military history, visit this museum. Quite good for kids as lots of fantastic exhibits and many kids were climbing over most of them. Not so good for wives though..

There was a small cafe which did typical russian sandwiches (eat elsewhere) but the drinks were OK. It was pretty quiet as it was winter when we visited, nice and warm inside though

Visited March 2012
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Ronneby, Sweden
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“Military excellence”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2012

If you don't like military stuff - don't come here since this place is full of it. The collection is very large and for anyone with the slightest military interest, this should be a must when visiting St Petersburg. Some advises:
1. I found two signs in english: "Toilet" and "Display starts here". The rest are in Russian, so unless you buy the rather thick english guide book in the museum shop (300R and I haven't read it so...quality unknown to me) or get a guide/translator you will have signs in Russian to guide you only.
2. You are not allowed to carry backpacks or outdoor clothes in the museum, but hanging in your coat is free, so no issue.
3. The cafe in the museum serves authentic Russian food and are for St Petersburg, rather cheap. Not the largest portions however, and drinks are somewhat expensive. Good value in total thou. Menu in english (ok...I may have lied in advise 1, but this is the café - not the museum).
4. The legendary Katiusja rocket artillery is on the third floor, so don't search for it in the outdoor vehicle display as I did.
5. When I visited, the outer ticket office were closed making it possible to enjoy the outdoor display for free. Maybe a winter routine only.
6. Photos allowed against special photo ticket.
7. Foreigners pays a much higher entrance fee compared to Russians (as usual in Russia). So if you have a a Russian speaking friend with you, you can save a couple of 100 Rubel by letting your friend buy the ticket while you keep your mouth shut and tries to look like a local.
8. The entrance to the place are form the Peter and Paul fortress side, so don't let the maps of the building, in which you might misunderstand the location of the entrance, fool you to try to find the entrance from the backside.
9. Engineers and communication museum are not so good as the artillery part. Except for the outdoor vehicles, the indoor displays are limited. A few gems but nothing to write home about. This museum is mainly about artillery!

Visited January 2012
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2011

This is an excellent collection and is well worth a visit. Also has a nice little good value cafe.

Visited November 2011
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New York City, New York
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“Only for the dedicated military historian.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2011

A huge building stuffed with cannons, swords, radios, missiles, etc. It has one spectacular thing: a showpiece Royal War Chariot.

Great military gift shop (models, games, books) as well as a memoribilia shop where they sell genuine articles. I also saw a small firing range but I did not have time to try it.

Marches play over the loudspeaker in the courtyard, which is littered with howitzers and rocket launchers. The whole place is quite an experience, but only for the dedicated.

Visited September 2011
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