A. S. Popov Central Museum of Communications
Named after the great Russian radio pioneer, this museum is housed on Pochtamtskaya Ulitsa ("Post Office Street") in the former palace of Prince Alexander Bezborodko, a prominent statesman in the reign of Catherine the Great. It traces the history of the main media of mass communication - telephone, telegraph, post, radio, and television - in Russia and the Soviet Union.
The museum was originally founded in 1872, and the collections have recently been fully renewed to include a number of entertaining interactive displays, alongside more traditional exhibits such as a superb collection of Russian/Soviet and foreign stamps (one of the largest in the world), and a vast collection of communications equipment, from 19th century letter boxes to a complete Soviet satellite. Make sure they show you their pneumatic postal tube and fully operational mid-1950s automatic telephone switchboard. With plenty of English-language material and a very hands-on ethos, this is an excellent museum for children and adults.
|Location:||4, Pochtamtsky Pereulok|
|Telephone:||+7 (812) 323-9718 (For excursions: +7 (812) 571-0060)|
|Open:||Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm.|
|Closed:||Sundays, Mondays, and the last Thursday of each month|
|Admission:||Adult RUB 120.00. Students/children: RUB 60.00|
|Photo and video:||RUB 100.00|
|Accessibility note:||Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible (stairs).|