If you are planning a trip to St. Petersburg, but are not sure whether to bring children with you, I am in a hurry to dispel all doubts. The city has many amazing places for families with children, and in this article, there will be a list of the most interesting museums of St. Petersburg for children.
Grand Layout of Russia
The best way to show a child the whole country in miniature is to go to the Grand Layout Russia show-museum. It is located on Flower Street, building 16. An interactive journey can be made by train – true, toy. During the “trip” the night will change the day – the beauty of the country will appear in all its diversity. This is a unique educational project where you can see mountains and plains, steppes and taiga.
Each city is marked not only by landmarks. The exhibition presents pictures from life: the passengers gathered at the station – and waiting for the train, people having a family celebration, traders offer their goods. For a couple of hours in the museum, the child will get an idea about the features of Russia, its uniqueness and beauty.
The museum is open daily from 10:00 to 20:00 (ticket office until 19:15), tickets can be purchased on the official website https://grandmaket.ru/en or on site.
A military history museum of artillery, engineering troops and communications troops of the Ministry of Defense. It is located in Alexander Park, Building 7. Among the exhibits are various types of weapons, military equipment, communications equipment. Here you can explore the entire history of Russian artillery from the XIV to the XX centuries. The museum presents the best examples of the art of gunsmiths in the world. The whole hall is dedicated to the Russian designer Mikhail Kalashnikov.
The museum has not only modern weapons. Here are samples of the XV-XVII centuries: you can see the weapons of Western Europe in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance.
The external exhibition of the museum, which is located in the courtyard of the Peter and Paul Fortress crownwork is also very interesting for children. 250 weapons from ancient times to the present day can be seen in close proximity.
The museum is open from 11:00 to 18:00 daily, except Mondays and Tuesdays. Last Thursday of the month the museum is closed. The official website is http://www.artillery-museum.ru/en/
Since 1832, the Zoological Museum on University Embankment, building 1, introduces visitors to the diversity of the animal world in different parts of the world. There are more than 30,000 exhibits in its halls, some of which have been preserved since the time of Peter the Great.
It is better to start the excursion for kids from the hall of mammals, in which the small animals are particularly delighted by the large animals. For example, in the collection dedicated to the recent geological past of the Earth, there is a huge mammoth. And in the first hall in the section of marine animals – the skeleton of a twenty-seven-meter blue whale. Older children will like figures of walruses, seals and rhinos.
Museum open: Mnday, Wednesday-Sunday: from 11.00 to 18.00; ticket office closes at 16.50.
Visiting a fairy tale
The interactive museum “Interactive fairy tale”, which opened in the center of St. Petersburg in 2015, will become a real guide to the magical world. It is located on Malaya Morskaya, building 21.
The museum is designed for visitors from five years old. Here the technology is in the service of folk traditions: the heroes of Russian fairy tales – Koschey Bessmertny, Baba Yaga, Tsarevna Frog, bear Mihailo Potapych, Kolobok, Old Man and Old Woman, postman Pechkin and many others – come to life thanks to complex cybernetic devices. Mechanical robots can move, laugh and cry, tell stories, sing, and dance.
The museum is open from 12:00 to 22:00, visitors younger than 3 years old visit for free.