Description of Artillery Museum in Saint Petersburg
Artillery Museum of Saint Petersburg is located in
the historic Kronverk Fortress on the Petrogradskaya side of the
city near Peter and Paul Fortress. First Artillery pieces were simply dumped here in
1703 after they were damaged in battles or during trials. First
orderly Artillery Museum was established on this spot in 1756 to
give collection of artillery pieces some historic order and value.
Today Artillery Museum of Saint Petersburg greatly expanded. It
houses a vast collection of military artifacts ranging from ancient
guns, medieval guns as well as modern long- range missiles from the
20th century. The whole collection is located in 13 halls inside the
main building. In November 2002 Artillery Museum opened open air
museum in the courtyard of Kronverk. It keeps a collection of heavy
weapons including tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles,
artillery pieces. Artillery Museum periodically hosts various
exhibitions, lectures and excursions.