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Museum of Cosmonautics and Rocket Technology

Of the several museums housed in the Peter and Paul Fortress, this is one of the most interesting, although it appears to have the least connection with its historic surroundings. In fact, these particular buildings were used in the 1930s to house one of the Soviet Union's first military rocket research laboratories.

  • Collections of the Museum of Space Exploration and Rocket Technology in St Petersburg, Russia
    Collections of the Museum of Space Exploration and Rocket Technology
  • Entrance in the Museum of Space Exploration and Rocket Technology in St Petersburg, Russia
    Entrance in the Museum of Space Exploration and Rocket Technology
  • Exhibits at the Museum of Space Exploration and Rocket Technology in St Petersburg, Russia
    Exhibits at the Museum of Space Exploration and Rocket Technology

Located in the Ioannovskiy Ravelin, the museum, which has been open since 1973, traces the history of the development of rocket technology in the Soviet Union and Russia. Among the exhibits, visitors will find a number of historic rocket engines, as well as a Soviet era re-entry capsule, cosmonauts' space suits, and a flag of St. Petersburg that was hung from the Mir Space Station for 161 days, before being returned to the city in time for the 300th Anniversary celebrations in 2003. The museum's simply presented exhibits still have the power to thrill, especially for those who remember the heady days of the Soviet-US space race.

Location:3, Petropavlovskaya Krepost'
Metro:Gorkovskaya, Sportivnaya
Telephone:+7 (812) 230-6431
Open:Thursday to Monday, 11 am to 7 pm. Tuesday, 11 am to 6 pm
Closed:Closed Wednesdays and the last Tuesday of each month
Website:http://www.russianmuseums.info/M223
Admission:Adults: RUB 100.00
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.
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