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Kirov Apartment Museum

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Address: Kamennoostrovskiy Ave., 26-28, St. Petersburg 197101, Russia
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11:00 - 18:00
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Thu - Tue 11:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Sergei Kirov Museum is one of the most unique monuments of the Stalin...

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.

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I think to come to this museum it's worth having some background knowledge about Soviet history. The flat is really large and a good representation of how a senior bureaucrat... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2017
Kazan, Russia
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Kazan, Russia
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

I think to come to this museum it's worth having some background knowledge about Soviet history. The flat is really large and a good representation of how a senior bureaucrat would have lived. I was amazed to find out that Kirov had been such a passionate book-lover and hunter - there are about 20000 books in the flat and a... More 

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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

This place is where a very high-ranking communist officer, Kirov, lived between the revolution of 1917 and his death during the years of Stalin. The museum is located at a 10 minutes walking distance north of Gorkovskaja metro station, in the same district of Peter and Paul fortress, the museum of artillery, the museum of the history of politics, and... More 

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KirovMuseum, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Kirov Apartment Museum, responded to this review

Dear visitor! Thank you for your review of our museum! More 

London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

The Kirov museum was difficult to find, we walked past it a couple of times because there was a small red sign in Russian. Once inside the building take the lift there's a sign saying which floor. We were greeted by two helpful older ladies who spoke good English. The admission was 100rub for students. The ladies directed us to... More 

Thank EuropeanCookie
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Reviewed 15 July 2016

Kirov was Stalin's right hand man, but was assassinated by Stalin who then blamed it on his rivals and unleashed a terror campaign which resulted in many being sent to the Gulag. The experience of his Soviet era apartment begins when you enter the building, into a cavernous vestibule complete with old style wiring, ancient lift, drab walls. Upstairs, like... More 

Thank LLSL
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Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

We recommend visiting this apartment together with the yelizarov museum which is in the same area. You get to see two very different living spaces from around the same era. This one has English information cards for each room. Warning if you don't like stuffed animals. Unfortunately this guy was a prolific hunter hence the numerous trophies. Alot of books... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 June 2016

Highly recommended , Sergei Kirov ( Leningrad Party Boss ) lived here for 10 years until his murder in 1934 in the Smolny Institute, ( at Stalins order ? ) His death precipitated the Great Purge & the deaths of millions. You get the lift to the 5th floor , the staff are very friendly & helpful ; Kirov certainly... More 

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Chatsworth, Georgia
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Reviewed 8 June 2016

This apartment was off the beaten path. So far off the path that its entrance was a normal apartment complex entrance. Of course at first sight of the entrance you would want to venture far away, but this strange apartment complex is one of the many things that will make you remember that this is where this man used to... More 

Thank Jesus O
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Reviewed 1 June 2016

while most Russians were starving and living in abject poverty. The man was a bolshevik through and through and a very close friend of Stalin who had him murdered in 1934 then proceeded to have a few million more murdered during the Great Purge. The fascinating thing is how ludicrously (and horribly) petit-bourgeois the apartment is: expensive rugs, bear skins,... More 

Thank FrederickWentworth
KirovMuseum, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Kirov Apartment Museum, responded to this review

We read with great interest your response about our museum. Thank you for visiting! More 

Alpharetta, Georgia
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Reviewed 7 August 2015

If you are in St. Petersburg and you want a true historic museum of a piece of Russia's history, this is worth a visit. It is the apartment of Kirov, preserved exactly in the manner of when he was working in the leadership of the revolution. You can see his working office, living quarters, etc. Lots of historic photos and... More 

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KirovMuseum, Управляющий at Kirov Apartment Museum, responded to this review

Dear guest! Thank you for your kind feedback. We are looking forward to welcoming you back at our museum! More 

Lake Geneva
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Reviewed 20 April 2015

This is the St Petersburg Communist Chief's (1926-34) apartment and it feels like he just walked out -- everything is there as it would have been. An interesting illustration that the "gauche caviar" is not a French invention -- the top brass certainly had a better life than the masses! Friendly museum managed by a group of friendly ladies (all... More 

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