Saturday, 10 August 2013

I have been to ... the Artillery Museum, St Petersburg: a caveat

During our recent cruise my wife and I visited the Artillery Museum in St Petersburg. The visit lasted less than three hours and was conducted at quite a pace. Our guide (who was called Yuri and who bore a more than passing resemblance to Lenin!) knew very little about the exhibits and spent most of the time translating what the museum escort was telling us. The result was that a lot of the technical aspects of what we saw were quite literally lost in translation.

We both took numerous photographs, but the lighting conditions inside the museum were not as good as one finds in most modern museums. The exhibits were only labelled in Russian (which is quite understandable) but we could not find a printed English-language guidebook. As a result many of the photographs may not be of the best quality and the captioning may be somewhat sparse.

I have split my photo report about our visit to the Artillery Museum into several blog entries which will appear in the following order:
  1. The Armour Collection
  2. Artillery up to 1860
  3. The model of the Battle of Borodino
  4. The Great Patriotic War
  5. The Kalashnikov Exhibit
  6. Post-war Weaponry

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