Museums and most famous memorials to the Siege of Leningrad

Hey, everyone! 

  • This year we celebrate 70-year anniversary since the end of the Great Patriotic War and the victory over Hitler’s Germany.
  • The celebrations took place in most of Russia cities and in my native city- St. Petersburg, indeed.

 It is no need to say how much Leningrad sacrificed during the days of the WWII. Nearly one million of its citizens died during the Siege of Leningrad.  The total loss of the Soviet Union during those years was over 25 million people. 

  • For Hitler Leningrad was one of the main strategic points of the Soviet Union. And he tried to destroy it in all possible ways: he tried to capture the city, then he attempted to starve the city to death, to cause epidemics in the city (because of thousands of the corps of the dead people in the streets and everywhere in the city)..but none of his plans succeeded.  There was a plan of Hitler to level the city to the ground… and there was an official document saying this!

 The city was never captured by the enemy, it was never occupied and what is more, life in Leningrad still went on!  

  • Those who were still alive kept working helping the front, mainly at the factories and plants of Leningrad; schools kept working and kids would go to school to study; there was even a football match between “Dynamo” and the team of Leningrad Metal factory (Leningrad Metallichesky zavod); no need to say about the well-known Symphony # 7 or Leningrad symphony by Shostakovich played in the besieged city in the year of 1942 which became a symbol of resistance, a symbol of patriotism and victory over the Nazi…

 My grandfather met my grandmother just after the War when they both were sent to Leningrad to participate in the restoration of the city.Due to all this I live where I live… 

  • Today in St. Petersburg we have a lot of museums dedicated to the victory in the WWII and mainly the siege of Leningrad.
  • They are:
  • The Rumyantsev mansion.  Museum of the Siege of Leningrad

  • English embankment,  44 (Angliyskaya naberezhnaya, 44)
  • The nearest metro station: Admiralteyskaya metro station, 15 min walking
  • Description: Originally the mansion of Nicolas Rumyantsev –a Russian Chancellor, a minister of the Foreign affairs in the 1st quarter of the XIX century.
  • Today the most famous exhibition is dedicated to the Siege of Leningrad
  • Open daily except Wednesday
  • Opening hours:  11 a.m. -18 00

 St. Petersburg memorial museum to the Siege of Leningrad and the defense of Leningrad 

  • Solyanoy lane, 9 (Соляной переулок, 9)
  • Opening hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: from 10.00-17 00, Wednesday: 12.30 -21 00.
  • Days off: the museum is closed every Tuesday and last Thursday of each month
  • Monument to the heroic defenders of Leningrad
  • It is the most famous memorial to the Lifting of the Siege of Leningrad.
  • It deserves a visit not just because of the monument representing Soviet soldiers and a broken ring as a symbol of the end of the Siege, but also because of the museum located underneath.
  •  It is a place to feel the atmosphere of those days..
  • Opening hours:  every day except Wednesday: 10 -18 00.
  • On Friday and Tuesday closes at 17 00
  • Wednesday: day off

 Mind that the ticket office in most of the Russian museums closes an hour before the museum closes. 

  • Your guide in St. Petersburg,


  • Maria