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“Very worthwhile experience!”

Kirov Apartment Museum
Ranked #188 of 1,852 things to do in St. Petersburg
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Sergei Kirov Museum is one of the most unique monuments of the Stalin epoch. From the 1926 to 1934, Kirov headed the Leningrad Communist Party organization. He was Stalin's closest friend and associate. His tragic dead, the circumstances of which remain unknown to this day, triggered the bloodiest round of Stalin's terror and repression. From 1926 to 1934, Kirov lived in apartment No20, 26/28 Kamennoostrovsky Prospect. In March of 1955, it was made into his museum. Simultaneously, three apartments were turned over for exhibition purposes. Kirov's memorial five-room flat is remarkable for its collection of authentic personal belongings and almost entirely intact interior elements. Visitors included: Stalin, Bukharin, Kuibyshev, Orjonikidze, and Voroshilov. The apartment offers the chance to learn about daily life of a Party leader of the 1920-30s. There are the gift presented by Leningrad workers during the first Five-Year Plan, the speeches of Kirov and other Party leaders from Stalin's circle, and Kirov's personal music collection. Metro: Gorkovskaya or Petrogradskaya Open: Daily from 11am to 6pm (ticket office until 5.30pm) Closed: Wednesdays Admission:RUB 150.00. Students/children: RUB 100.00 Photo and video: free/included Guided tours: Individual visitor - 300 rubles Group of up to 15 visitors- 500 rubles Accessibility note: Elevator/lift is available. Please call in advance as staff assistance may be required.
Reviewed October 29, 2013

I use the term 'experience' here as every bit of the museum, from the barely marked entrance (don't trust sat nav go by address) to the polite but forceful women who watch you vigilantly while you thumb your translated booklet, is just that, an experience.

Housed on the fifth floor of a soviet-era apartment block the museum is a collection of Kirov's and other families items and provides a real glimpse into their life. Knowing relatively little about the revolutionary beforehand I can now say having visited that I still know practically nothing of his achievements nor demise. It's not that the exhibits aren't full of information it's just all rather odd stuff, like what birds he shot! Then again that sort of wraps the whole place up, wonderful in its own way but decidedly random!!

Worth a visit, very odd but for 200 rub its worth it!

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Reviewed June 2, 2013

An elegant apartment in this building on 26/28 Kamenoostrovsky Prospekt . Located in the historic center of St Petersburg, and is among other beautiful buildings on this street. Definitely worth a stroll. This famous tenement house, one of the largest in pre-revolutionary St Petersburg was awarded after the Revolution to Party Leaders, members of nobility, honored citizens, government officials, celebrated writers, and architects. Additionally enjoyed, and not to missed, is the exhibit devoted to childhood in the pre-war years of the Soviet Union. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

1  Thank RolandG9
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

this was one of my fave places in St Petersburg - it was great to see a little bit of Soviet cultural history, in between all the Tsarist grandeur that is most commonly associated with St Petersburg. Kirov was the Leningrad party boss whose killing prompted Stalin to start the Great Terror in the late 1930s. The apartment shows how Kirov lived, and it also includes a great children's Soviet history museum! lots of great kitsch. If you like Soviet history, definitely come here!

2  Thank Kristina P
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Reviewed December 8, 2012

We had a memorable visit to this museum. I am a Russian speaker, so we were able to chat with the invigilators. Once they realised how interested we were in the museum, they warmed and generously shared their knowledge. They gave us sheets written in English for each room. I also had permission to take photographs, which I did after we had toured the whole museum thoroughly. Note that in most Russian museums you have to pay a modest fee to get this permission. Once you've done it, everyone is really nice and helpful. The invigilators kindly went back and turned the lights on each room for me to take photos. Consequently we have a marvelous record of our visit. We also bought interesting material from the publications desk, including a wonderful CD. I highly recommend a visit.

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

I was amazed by bath and toilet facilities, GE refrigerator - all these was almost impossible in 20s in Russia. If only you have spare couple of hours go for it if you time in St Pete limited this may be missed. I am a frequent visitor to St Pete, so looking for new places to explore. They have got Kids in 1920s exhibition - a bit of fun for our teenager to explore.

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