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Arctic and Antarctic Museum

The dramatic story of Russian and Soviet polar exploration unfolds before visitors to this museum. From the first days of polar navigation in the Russian Far North to the modern-day research stations in Antarctica, the breathtaking achievements of scientists and travelers are covered in great detail and illustrated with authentic artifacts. The 'Chelyuskin' rescue operation, which hit the headlines in 1934, forms the emotional centerpiece to the collection. Among other things the museum exhibits the original small plane, which was kept on board the 'Chelyuskin' and was later used (along with several others) to carry the crew of the unfortunate ship to safety on the mainland. The museum also details the history of the Russian expedition to Antarctica by Bellinzgausen and Lazarev between 1819 and 1821 and the story of Russian Antarctic research.

  • Former Common Faith Church of St. Nicholas (currently the Arctic and Antarctic Museum) in St Petersburg, Russia
    Former Common Faith Church of St. Nicholas (currently the Arctic and Antarctic Museum)
  • Arctic Explorations exhibit at the Arctic and Antarctic Museum in St Petersburg, Russia
    Arctic Explorations exhibit at the Arctic and Antarctic Museum
  • Arctic Explorations exhibit at the Arctic and Antarctic Museum in St Petersburg, Russia
    Arctic Explorations exhibit at the Arctic and Antarctic Museum
  • Antarctic Explorations exhibit at the Arctic and Antarctic Museum in St Petersburg, Russia
    Antarctic Explorations exhibit at the Arctic and Antarctic Museum
  • Exhibits at the Arctic and Antarctic Museum in St Petersburg, Russia
    Exhibits at the Arctic and Antarctic Museum
  • Antarctic section of the Arctic and Antarctic Museum in St Petersburg, Russia
    Antarctic section of the Arctic and Antarctic Museum

The museum is currently located in a former church building not far from Nevsky Prospekt and the city center.

Address:24a, Ulitsa Marata
Metro:Vladimirskaya
Telephone:+7 (812) 571-2549
Open:Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm. Last admission is at 5:30pm. Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Last admission is at 4:30pm.
Closed:Monday, Tuesday and the last Friday of the month
Website:http://www.polarmuseum.ru/
Admission:Adult: RUB 280.00. Children: RUB 70.00
Photo and video:RUB 100.00
Accessibility note:Limited access for wheelchair-bound visitors: only the 1st floor (Arctic). Cloakroom and bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible.
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