Icebreaker Krasin

This historic ship, moored off the southern bank of Vasilyevsky Island, is one of the more recent additions to St. Petersburg's museum scene. Despite its age, the "Krasin" is still in good working order and eminently seaworthy, but after undergoing extensive restoration work it has now become a floating museum.

Designed by the famous Russian seaman, Admiral Stepan O. Makarov and built in 1916 in Britain, the ship was originally named after the Russian mythological warrior - "Svyatogor". Renamed "Krasin" during the Soviet era, the powerful icebreaker took part in the rescue operation to save the Italian polar expedition led by Umberto Nobile. During WWII the "Krasin" led Allied convoys, which brought strategic supplies, arms and ammunition to the Soviet Union. The convoys fought their way to the northern Soviet seaports, despite heavy Nazi bombardment and the constant threat of submarine attacks. Many Allied ships and cargo vessels failed to reach their destination, but the "Krasin" was lucky enough to survive. After the war the historic icebreaker took an active part in research expeditions in the Polar Ocean and led Soviet cargo convoys through the polar region. Rather than being destroyed (like the famous icebreaker "Yermak") to make way for more modern ships, the "Krasin" was preserved and restored, thanks to the tremendous dedication of its captain and crew and of volunteers and naval history enthusiasts.

  • Icebreaker Krasin moored off Vasilevskiy Island in St Petersburg, Russia
    Icebreaker Krasin moored off Vasilevskiy Island
  • Funnel of Icebreaker Krasin in St Petersburg, Russia
    Funnel of Icebreaker Krasin
  • Stuffed polar bear at Icebreaker Krasin in St Petersburg, Russia
    Stuffed polar bear at Icebreaker Krasin
  • Interiors of Icebreaker Krasin in St Petersburg, Russia
    Interiors of Icebreaker Krasin

The museum displays some of the ship's equipment and details its participation in various rescue operations, convoys and research expeditions.

Location:22, Naberezhnaya Leitenanta Shmidta, corner of 23rd Liniya, V.O.
Telephone:+7 (812) 325-3547
Open:Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm
Closed:Mondays, Tuesdays and every last Wednesday of the month
Admission:Adult: RUB 300.00. Students: RUB 150.00. Children: RUB 70.00. Note: Children under 14 years of age should be accompanied by an adult.
Photo and video:RUB 100.00
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.