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C-189 Submarine Museum
C-189 Submarine Museum

C-189 Submarine Museum

Leytenanta Shmidta embankment , St Petersburg, 199034

The Basics

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.

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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.

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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.

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When to Get There

The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from late morning until early evening.

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Visit the Cruiser Aurora

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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