Museum of the World Ocean

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Our journey takes us back from the House of the Soviets and the castle archaeological site to Moskovsky Prospekt (Moskovsky Avenue). Moving down Viktor Hugo Street, we reach the Pregolya River and Naberezhnaya Petra Velikogo (Petra Velikogo Embankment). Here we find the Museum of the World Ocean, and a lot of interesting exhibits to feast your eyes on.

A massive research vessel, Vityaz, which was in action for 30 years and, notably, completed the measurements of the Marianas Trench (~10,100 metres (~32,808 feet)). Inside the vessel you will find an exposition featuring maritime history and geographical discoveries, along with a large assortment of amber items.

Next to the Vityaz is another floating museum, which was originally launched in 1968. After 10 years serving as a lumber vessel under the name Semyon Kosinov, it was re-equipped for research purposes and passed on to the Russian Space Agency under the name Kosmonaut Viktor Patsayev. The vessel provided radio communication links between the Mission Control Centre and spacecrafts.

The medium-sized fishing trawler SRT-129 has a wide spectrum of exhibits on display illustrating the history of the fishing industry in Russia.

The diesel-electric submarine B-413 served for the Northern Fleet. It completed missions in the Mediterranean and Cuba and achieved the best result in the mine-laying training. Today it serves as an illustrious example of what life on a submarine is like.

Inside the main building of the museum you will find a sperm whale skeleton and real Atlantic sharks in an aquarium. Check out the collection of model ships, and the beacon, shellfish and corals. In the museum you can also study the emblems of great Russian maritime dynasties, soviet fleet admiral Konstantin Makarov's personal effects, anchors, coins, and whaling equipment. Yes, it is going to be a long visit! But it is really worth sparing at least an hour for it.