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“Real Gem”

Kirov Apartment Museum
Ranked #172 of 1,807 things to do in St. Petersburg
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Sergei Kirov Museum is one of the most unique monuments of the Stalin epoch. From the 1926 to 1934, Kirov headed the Leningrad Communist Party organization. He was Stalin's closest friend and associate. His tragic dead, the circumstances of which remain unknown to this day, triggered the bloodiest round of Stalin's terror and repression. From 1926 to 1934, Kirov lived in apartment No20, 26/28 Kamennoostrovsky Prospect. In March of 1955, it was made into his museum. Simultaneously, three apartments were turned over for exhibition purposes. Kirov's memorial five-room flat is remarkable for its collection of authentic personal belongings and almost entirely intact interior elements. Visitors included: Stalin, Bukharin, Kuibyshev, Orjonikidze, and Voroshilov. The apartment offers the chance to learn about daily life of a Party leader of the 1920-30s. There are the gift presented by Leningrad workers during the first Five-Year Plan, the speeches of Kirov and other Party leaders from Stalin's circle, and Kirov's personal music collection. Metro: Gorkovskaya or Petrogradskaya Open: Daily from 11am to 6pm (ticket office until 5.30pm) Closed: Wednesdays Admission:RUB 150.00. Students/children: RUB 100.00 Photo and video: free/included Guided tours: Individual visitor - 300 rubles Group of up to 15 visitors- 500 rubles Accessibility note: Elevator/lift is available. Please call in advance as staff assistance may be required.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Real Gem”
Reviewed 8 December 2012

We had a memorable visit to this museum. I am a Russian speaker, so we were able to chat with the invigilators. Once they realised how interested we were in the museum, they warmed and generously shared their knowledge. They gave us sheets written in English for each room. I also had permission to take photographs, which I did after we had toured the whole museum thoroughly. Note that in most Russian museums you have to pay a modest fee to get this permission. Once you've done it, everyone is really nice and helpful. The invigilators kindly went back and turned the lights on each room for me to take photos. Consequently we have a marvelous record of our visit. We also bought interesting material from the publications desk, including a wonderful CD. I highly recommend a visit.

Visited August 2012
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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Advanced place to leave in 20s”
Reviewed 21 August 2012

I was amazed by bath and toilet facilities, GE refrigerator - all these was almost impossible in 20s in Russia. If only you have spare couple of hours go for it if you time in St Pete limited this may be missed. I am a frequent visitor to St Pete, so looking for new places to explore. They have got Kids in 1920s exhibition - a bit of fun for our teenager to explore.

Visited August 2012
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Leipzig, Germany
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“Very interesting but give yourself plenty of time”
Reviewed 1 August 2012

The apartment of Sergei Kirov as he lived before his assassination in the 30s. Very interesting to see how the party leaders lived in the era, set up like it was when he lived there, complete with communist party publications in the bookshelves and pictures of Lenin and Stalin on the walls. The kitchen and bathroom are amazingly retro. The only sour point was that we were shoved out at 5.45pm when the museum itself displays signs saying it closes at 6pm. The old woman at the door in typical Russian fashion is quite strict and more interested in getting home early than sharing Soviet history. Despite this it's worth a visit and there is an English guide available for each room which the staff are happy to hand over.

Visited July 2012
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