Forget about ordinary museums with prim guides and security watching your every move and getting stressed out every time you come too close to an exhibit. Here are the 5 museums in Saint Petersburg where you can press, touch, move and turn on various buttons, levers and mechanisms, set ships and trains in motion, perform experiments, and observe most bizarre optical illusions.
Grand Market Rossiya
Let’s face it, with a country spanning 17,125,200 square kilometers and 11 time zones, it is very unlikely that you can cover all its sights in one trip…unless you are coming for at least 6 months. So, here is the best way to get a glimpse of all that Russia has to offer – The Grand Market Rossiya museum. The museum is a giant model of the entire Russian Federation, with its mountains, forests, rivers and seas, Siberian plains, the Far East, the Trans-Urals, major cities, the two Russian capitals, and much more than you can even imagine. Very detailed, the model is a copy of real life places, little houses, industrial plants, airports, stations and river ports. It’s a tiny stand-still world inhabited by equally tiny people whose figurines you can see scattered here and there on the country’s model. The closer you look the more real and live everything seems. A unique place, the museum welcomes everyone to admire the beauty and grand scale of Russia, without having to take the actual trip around the entire country.
Titiqaqa Museum of Records and Facts
The museum has a unique collection of items that will amaze the most well-traveled visitors. Four museum rooms – Wonders of Nature, Unusual People, Dark Chapters of History and Made in Russia – display over 60 bizarre, extraordinary and sometimes shocking exhibits from around the world, like the first Barbie doll, or the world’s smallest car (134-centimeter Peel P50), or a real dinosaur egg. For those interested in some Russian zest, there is a collection of microscope microminiatures, such as a roughshod flea or sculptures on pencil tips made by the renowned Russian master Salavat Fidai. His latest work presented here is a portrait of US President Donald Trump made from pencil lead.
Museum of Illusions
The museum is so much fun for both children and adults alike. Sectioned into several thematic zones, it’s a unique place with a glass labyrinth, a contact zoo, a giant’s room with huge furniture, a garden with real tropical butterflies, a mini-seaquarium and much, much more.
If you are a cat lover, this is definitely a must visit! Even for a non-aelurophile, the museum is worth your time for its comfy atmosphere and the great energy boost you’ll get from admiring all the exhibits and petting real cats. Here one can learn so much about a cat’s life, associated myths and superstitions, and see many things related to these mysterious animals: paintings, figurines, costumes, posters, postcards, everyday cat life items, souvenirs from around the world, as well as poems, proverbs, and other verbal creative works.
Museum Route 66
This is an interactive retro-car museum with a creative approach, where the exhibits are fitted into specially designed interiors. Each car is ready to tell you its unique story: there is an authentic Dodge pickup truck dating back to the prohibition days when Chicago’s mafia used it to smuggle alcohol. You’ll also see a winged Cadillac, covered with blood, that could serve as a stage requisite for Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead, sitting in the midst of an old cemetery surrounded by zombies; cabriolets parked at a nice sunny beach, with the stereo playing California Girls. Choose your story, jump in, embrace the atmosphere and take a couple of cool selfies.