Artillery Museum in Saint-Petersburg
Within a trip to Russia it is really interesting to learn about a part of its history; to complete this is option visit the museum of Artillery in St. Petersburg. The building was built in the times of Peter the Great; the museum tells the history of the weapons, with an emphasis on Russia, in an exciting way.
The Artillery museum is one of the most important in St. Petersburg; it exhibits a badge of the Soviet Union. If you are interested in circuit boards within the ballistic missiles, this is the ideal place. It also contains a wide variety of military curiosities, both ancient and modern.
The Artillery Museum was founded in 1756. The museum is still located in the same building that in its early days. The current name, “Museum of Artillery”, was given to it in 1965.
There are different activities in the museum: exhibitions, guided tours, conferences. It possesses valuable collections of weapons, rifles, swords, computers of military engineering, signals, flags, medals, military’s uniform, photos and drawings of battles.
There are more than 700 000 objects in the museum, as well as 215 000 archived files, 100 000 volumes of books on military history, 90 000 photo negatives and slides.
The exhibitions of the museum show the military history of Russia from the earliest times until the present. The rarest exhibited objects are: the cannons made by Andrei Chokhov (the famous Canyon Czar manufacturer), an official wagon that was used for the transport of the artillery in the 18th century, the canons of Peter the Great’s “entertainment regiments”, personal arms, medals and gifts received by Russian emperors, military commanders and designers of arms, and also trophies.
It is a great place to visit on a tour through St. Petersburg, for those who enjoy weapons since there are lots of objects to explore belonging to many different periods, including Lenin’s armored car.There is a collection of weapons in the museum courtyard that you can observe from the outside, without entering. Recommended for adults, but in the same time – for children because of their spectacular nature and ability of climbing on the tanks.