St Petersburg Artillery
Artillery Museum in central St Petersburg offers an eclectic range
of exhibits that trace the history of military engineering from the
earliest days of the Russian Empire. Artillery usually means
'canons', but surprisingly there are many other exhibits including
such items as a selection of 'sport shooting' guns owned by some of
the Czarina's of old Russia, including one attributed to Catherine
the Great. There is an Armour display, assorted muskets and even an
Artillery Unit signals display. On certain weekends (especially
during the summer) there are educative demonstrations outside. When
I was there during July 2013 museum staff were demonstrating black
powder firearms. No matter what ones views on military conflict it
has to be recognised that such conflict drove invention and all
aspects of science and technology. From these weapons we have the
technology that gave us many of the things we take for granted
today. The above pictures shows Peter and Paul Fortress and the
horseshoe shaped Artillery Museum.
I have included a picture of the
Russian MIL Helicopter that was operating city sightseeing flights
from the canal bank opposite the museum - right in front of Peter
and Paul Fortress. Sadly time and commitments did not allow me the
experience! Next time hopefully!!
|How to get there? Take the metro to Gorkovskaya
Station, exit and turn right. Walk through the park towards
the Peter and Paul Fortress.
When you reach the canal turn right and the museum is just a
little further on your right-hand side.
||7, Aleksandrovsky Park
||+7 (812) 232-0296
||Wednesday to Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm, last
admission is at 5 pm
||Monday, Tuesday as well as the last Thursday of
Russian Website in English and Russian
||Adult: RUB 300.00. Student: RUB 100.00 as of
Photo and video:
||Photo: RUB 50.00 Video: RUB 150.00 as of 2013
||Wheelchair access is available to main
collections on the 1st and 2nd floors. Third floor
is not accessible.
consider its past - now a fun play thing for kids
Petersburg. From the very old to modern.
engineering and decorative art
helicopter rides may operate just opposite entrance of museum Ride
in a MIL!!!!
art. Czarina and her 'sports' guns
Era and Borodinno feature. Dedicated hall.
|The Russians hold the name
of Kalashnikov in very high esteem. The mainstay weapon of Russian
forces after WW2 and sadly, so do terrorists and any despot government
in the world. Yes his design was sound and he offered forth a weapon
of simplicity that could survive and operate in harsh environmental
conditions, but he was not the first.
This had been accomplished by
the Australians during WW2 with the Owen Sub Machine Gun. Conceived
in a 'shed' by a man from Wollongong, this proved to be the weapon
of choice by soldiers in the field. Search a bit on the web if you
are interested, it is well documented. This writer has talked to
veterans who used the Owen gun. Quote from one soldier from the
jungles of PNG - " I would not be drinking this cup of tea
with you had it not been for my Owen".