the world’s largest naval museum, the oldest Russian museum, founded in 1709. It located in the historical building of the Stock Exchange. The museum numbers over 800 000 items, incl. “the Grandfather of the Russian Navy” – the old boat of Peter the Great, models of vessels, examples of armaments and military machinery, marine paintings.
Military-Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineers and Signal Corps
The world’s largest martial museum located in the building of the old Arsenal. The collection of the museum numbers about 750 000 items: examples armaments, military uniforms, banners, orders, battle relics of the Russian Army
(Narodovolets until 1934) is one of the first Submarines built in Soviet period. It was put into service in 1931. It is a historical memorial of Russian Navy and Submarine building. The submarine participated in the World War II (1939-1945). From 1956 till 1987 D-2 was used as a training station for survival practice. At the end of 1980s - beginning of 1990s submarine had been repaired by Baltic Shipyard. Exteriors and interiors of the submarine were restored as they were during the war. The branch of the Central Naval Museum was established on September 2, 1994. The memorial complex is a unique one in Russia and meets serious interest of visitors.
The battle ship, anchored off the banks of Petrograd Side, has become somewhat a Soviet shrine. This is because blank shots fired from the Aurora are said to have been the trigger for the revolution of 1917. The ship was sunk during WWII, to protect it from German bombing, and, in 1958, it was made into a museum.