C-189 Submarine Museum
A diesel-electric attack submarine from the early Cold War era, the C-189 was built in 1954 and used in the Soviet navy until 1990. Nowadays, visitors can get onboard and explore the docked submarine-turned-museum.
Military history enthusiasts will especially enjoy the C-189 Submarine Museum, but kids and other visitors find it interesting too. Learn more about Russian Cold War–era history while getting a feel for life on a Whiskey-class submarine. Tour the cramped living quarters, and don’t forget to take a look through the periscope.
Things to Know Before You Go
Students, seniors, and visitors with disabilities get discounted admission only if they’re Russian citizens.
Travelers who suffer from claustrophobia might not be comfortable in the submarine.
You can access the submarine only with a guide, and may have to wait until a group has gathered before being shown around. The tour lasts about 20 minutes.
Guides typically speak Russian only, but English information pamphlets are available for a small fee.
How to Get There
The C-189 Submarine Museum is located beside the Lieutenant Schmidt Quay, a passenger terminal on the Neva River. To get there, take bus number 1 from metro station Chernaya Rechka, Petrogradskaya, Chkalovskaya, or Vasileostrovskaya. The entrance to the museum is past the security check in the terminal.
When to Get There
The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from late morning until early evening.
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Military and history buffs shouldn’t miss the Cruiser Aurora, a museum ship docked on the banks of a canal leading off from the Neva. Launched in 1900, the Aurora served in the Russo-Japanese War—and in 1917, a shot was fired from the ship, signaling the start of the Russian Revolution.
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