Cruiser Aurora

Travel back in time by stepping on board the memorial ship Aurora, which played an important role in the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. The cruiser Aurora was built between 1897 and 1900 by the "New Admiralty" in St. Petersburg and joined Russia's Baltic fleet in 1903. The ship measures 126.8 meters (418 feet 5 inches) in length, 16.8 meters (55 feet 5 inches) in width and weighs a staggering 7,600 tons. Maintaining a speed of 20 knots (23.3 miles per hour) it can travel independently for up to 1,440 sea miles.

During the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 the cruiser took part in the Battle of Tsusima. Amongst the ship's exhibits visitors can see a portrait of the ship's captain, who was killed during the battle. The crew used part of the Aurora's penetrated armor to frame Captain Yegoryev's photograph.

  • Cruiser Aurora on Petrogradskaya Embankment in St Petersburg, Russia
    Cruiser Aurora on Petrogradskaya Embankment
  • Cannons of the Cruiser Aurora in St Petersburg, Russia
    Cannons of the Cruiser Aurora
  • Interiors of the Cruiser Aurora in Saint-Petersburg, Russia
    Interiors of the Cruiser Aurora

In 1917, as the main training ship of the Baltic fleet, the Aurora took an active part in the Revolution. On the night of October 25-26 1917, it fired a blank shot at the Winter Palace (then the residence of the Provisional Government), giving the signal to the rebellious workers, soldiers and sailors of the city to storm the palace. That moment triggered a dramatic episode in Russia's history and was the start of over 70 years of Communist leadership.

The Aurora is now maintained by cadets from the nearby Nakhimov Navy School. Admission to the Aurora is free, but for an extra fee you can tour the engine-room (ask an attendant).

Address:Off Petrovskaya Naberezhnaya, opposite the Nakhimov Navy School
Open:Daily 11 am to 6 pm
Closed:Monday and Friday
Telephone:+7 (812) 230-8440, 303-8513
Admission:RUB 600.00. Students: RUB 400.00
Photo and video:Photo: RUB 100.00. Video: RUB 200.00
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.