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Review of State Memorial Museum of Leningrad Defense and Blockade

State Memorial Museum of Leningrad Defense and Blockade
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Siege of Leningrad Private Tour in St. Petersburg
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Owner description: The museum tells about the life of the city during the 900-day siege in 1941-44b.
London, United Kingdom
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“Deeply moving experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

This is off the beaten track a little but easy to find with a good local map. About 15-20 minutes walk from Nevsky Prospekt. The museum depicts in great detail the 900 day blockade. When you go in there is very little written in English but once you go upstairs to the actual exhibit about half way along on the right is the first sign in English. Then just go round clockwise and there are commentaries in English every few feet.

Visited November 2012
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“Potent insight into Leningrad's history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

Great insight into Leningrad's survival during WWII where the Nazi's basically condemned this city to starvation by blocking all supply lines. This museum is hidden off the tourist path and poorly signed. Do not expect any staff to speak English, but basically buy your ticket inside for 200rubles, put your coats in coatcheck and wander the 2nd floor full of displays. On the 2nd floor there are English translations giving you a good history lesson but most of the items in cabinets do not have translations. There are stairs and no lifts so made it difficult for us travelling with a baby in a buggy, and those with disabilities would have difficulty also.

Visited November 2012
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South West Scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

An alternative to the Blockade Museum is available.

There is a very moving memorial and museum which many travellers pass on the road from the airport to St. Petersburg city centre (Moscow Prospect). From the road you will see the huge column rising in the centre of a massive roundabout; what you cannot see is the museum below ground level.

As far as I could see this memorial/museum is not on many organised city tours, but it is easily accessable from the metro and a short walk of 10 minutes or so (blue line 2 Moscovskya station).

Visited September 2012
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“Essential Part Of The History Of St Petersburg”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

In such a beautiful city it is hard to imagine all the real history and this museum highlights a dark period. The main attractions in St Petersburg show all the glamour of the Romanov dynasty such as the Hermitage, Church Of The Spilled Blood etc. However a lesser known period is the Siege of St Petersburg during WW2. Generally the Battle of Stalingrad is better known. However St Petersburg suffered terribly during WW2 and this museum tells that story.
The blockade of Leningrad as it was called at the time lasted almost 900 days and during that time hundreds of thousands of civilians died due to bombing and starvation.
We went to this museum on our first day in St Petersburg and it helped us to understand during the rest of our trip what many of the landmarks and people had been through. There were explanations in english for all exhibits.
It is quite traumatic but an essential visit if you really want to look at the history of St Petersburg. It shows the horror of the deaths of so many inhibitants. However it also shows how they managed to preserve such a beautiful city and all its treasures by hiding them during the war. While starving and under siege people were still able to cover up St Isaacs, and surround and cover up monuments such as the bronze horseman allowing the city to retain all its spendour years later.
When we were there it was quiet and all the visitors were russian. Which seemed a shame as it is such a huge part of the history of the St Petersburg.
Well worth a visit as it explains so much about how the city was preserved during WW2 and the suffering of the people.

Visited October 2012
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“2 floors of this and you understand Russian psychology”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2012

Dimly lit, not publicized enough, no sings outside. But well worth the 5 minute walk 3 blocks west of the hermitage.
Shows life before the nazis, the whole siege of 900 days and how people lived during that time. Ps. About 2/3's of the city folk who stayed starved to death. Heros of Russia, they say.

Visited September 2012
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