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State Memorial Museum of Leningrad Defense and Blockade
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Tried to go...”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Tried to go twice, both times closed when it was supposed to be open. Don't count on this being open, check before planning your day.

Visited March 2013
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“Good materials but avoids issues and is a bit dreary”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

I had read Harrison Salisbury's book about the siege before I came and was very keen to see this museum, but found it disappointing. It contains many artefacts from the period but is a bit old-fashioned and dusty. There are a few signs in English which give basic info on each section of the museum but non Russian-speakers should be aware they will not get the best from the displays. The museum concentrates on the efforts to defend the city, on the Ladoga road, rations, casualties and the cultural life which was maintained through much of the period. It might have been set up before 1991 which would account for the presentation which emphasises the (undoubted) heroism/stoicism of the inhabitants but (so far as I could tell) avoids the negative - how Leningrad came to be poorly defended, the black market, cannibalism. Perhaps with the passing of the remaining survivors of the blockade it will be possible to update the museum and present a more rounded history of the period.

Visited March 2013
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Stamford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“do not miss this small museum”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

If you read The Madonna's of Leningrad by Debra Dean and City of Thieves by David Benioff and then visit this museum, you'll never forget it. My 13 year old daughter has not yet studied much about WWII, but when she does, she is sure going to be engrossed with the blockade of Leningrad thanks to this visit.

I found the English labels here pretty good actually considering the smallness of this museum - and how much it is off the beaten path. I would have thought that the tragedy of the blockade would have warranted a bigger museum, but I guess it does not hold the same kind of interest as Catherine The Great's art collection at the Hermitage.

So glad we visited.

Visited February 2013
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“A must see!”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

Does a good job of telling the story of what life was like during the Nazi siege from Sept 1941 thru Jan 1944. Exhibits portray how the residents coped, and what efforts the government made to keep morale up, including operating 39 schools, 3 universities, a couple of research institutes, cultural events (including an original Shostakovich concert broadcast on radio across the enemy lines and to the world), sporting events, victory gardens, social welfare committees, and "red rooms" (which served as places where residents could go for brief interludes to warm up or "relax"), and decentralized factories where production of war materiel went on throughout. The most devastating and heart-breaking exhibit presents the story of residents' daily rations, however - a mere 125 grams of very coarse bread (about 5 oz) for most, with "workers" getting a double ration.

Visited February 2013
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“Read a little about the Blockade before you come here...”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

Definitely a must-see for anyone visiting St Petersburg and not just those interested in WWII. The Siege of Leningrad is such an important part of the city's history and identity that it would be almost criminal for anyone visiting the city not to come here and learn about what happened during the Blockade.
On the day I visited, the museum was packed with groups of impeccably behaved schoolchildren learning about their city's history. Not many of the exhibits are in English so, to get the most out of your visit, I'd recommend you do a little background reading about the blockade before you come [I read Anna Reid's excellent book "Leningrad: Tragedy of a City Under Siege"].
The museum is a little out of the way as it isn't particularly close to a metro station. I went there after visiting the Church on the Spilled Blood on the Griboedova Kanal from where it was about a 15 minute walk.

Visited February 2013
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