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“Interesting but Incomplete”

State Memorial Museum of Leningrad Defense and Blockade
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Siege of Leningrad Private Tour in St. Petersburg
Ranked #85 of 1,781 things to do 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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 571 helpful votes
“Interesting but Incomplete”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013

While there wasn't an English translation of every Russian story board, there was a summary English story board for every single display case. i found it to be sufficient, and it is a moving story, told with real artifacts. Staff made an effort to be helpful. my only objection is that we all know the guy who set up this museum was executed by Stalin shortly thereafter and the museum was shut down until the Soviet era ended. Why did the Soviets object? Why was the museum founder killed? This needs to be added to complete the story.

Visited August 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Blockade of Leningrad Museum - St Petersburg”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

A fascinating and very moving insight to the 900 days St Petersburg was isolated from the rest of Russia during Worl War 2. Discovering this museum was so exciting.

Visited August 2013
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Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Terrible experience”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

No storytelling, no multimedia, no interaction, no english, just objects -without any description behind. This is definitely not the way to tell new generation about the history.

Visited August 2013
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Small and a bit strange place with it own attitude.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013

This place was a bit hard to get into, strange openhours with something called "clening day" where they just are off, but this i a Russian habit, it is simply the way it is but it is not very userfrindly.
Interisting place, lots of stuff to see, some few signs there was writting info in English.
Looks like things had been standing still for decades, btw the wwII is quite some years ago so I thing that fact is ok.

Visited August 2012
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Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
“Old fashioned presentation but still worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

We had a private tour guide for our visit to St Petersburg but were told that when we got to this museum we would have a tour by someone from the museum and our guide would translate. This did not happen so our guide did her best to explain what needed explaining. They try to cover the blockade from a military and a social standpoint and some translation into English has been done but the exhibits really need a new home and an update. We did, however, feel that the paintings and the sculpture at the top of the stairs were very moving. Contrast this museum with the Siege Memorial building then think how good it could be if as much money was spent on it as has been on the Memorial. We learnt a lot here though.

Visited May 2013
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