Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

The Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines in St. Petersburg offers 40 or so original video arcade games from the 1970's and 80's period which are presented in a Soviet-style arcade of the period. Oddly enough the original impetus for the creartion of this seemingly Western and capitalist form of youth entertainment came from the Cold War-era Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev after his encounter with arcade games in America. However, the games follow the Marxist ideology of the time so high scores are out! Instead, the focus is on hand to eye coordination, rational thinking and reaction speed. Game titles include: Battleship, Towns (based on a traditional Russian village game), Winter Hunting and Air Battle. The arcade also has functioning early 1980's Soviet soda machines which dispense drinks of the period. The Museum is very popular with locals and tourists and it's not unusual to see a generation or two of a family enjoying the arcade together.

  • Collection of Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines in Saint Petersburg, Russia
    Collection of St. Petersburg's Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines
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    The arcade game "Morskoi Boi" (Battleship)
Location:2b, Konyushennaya Ploshchad
Metro:Nevskiy Prospect, Gostiny Dvor, Admiralteyskaya
Telephone:+7 (812) 740-0240
Open:Daily from 11 am to 8 pm
Admission:Adult: RUB 450.00. Schoolchildren, students, pensioners, multi-child families, disabled people: RUB 350.00. The entrance for children under 6 years old is free without tokens. The ticket includes 15 vintage coins to play the arcades, excursion. Photo and video: free/included.
Accessibility note:There is no special equipment for wheelchair-bound visitors, but there are spacious halls with wide doors only on the 1st floor.