Places Around Cruiser Aurora
Address: Petrovskaya nab., 2
Open hours: 10.30 – 16.00
Closed: Monday, Friday
The ship is famous for taking part during events leading up to the Revolution in February 1917. With its help Bolsheviks prevented the Lieutenant Shmidt's bridge being raised, thus keeping open their route into the city. At 21.40 on 24th of October (6th, Nov new style) Moscow time the gun of the cruiser Aurora gave the blank shot. It was the signal to start the assault of the Winter Palace. As a result, the Provisional Government was arrested, and the Bolsheviks' party got the power. It was the beginning of the new era in Russian history.
During World War II the cruiser defended Leningrad in the Gulf of Finland near Oranienbaum. The battleship was badly damaged, and in 1944 the Cruiser Aurora was towed to Leningrad for major repairs. For some time she was used as a training ship for the cadets of the Naval School named after admiral Pavel Nakhimov. In 1952 the cruiser was turned into the Ship Museum, which became the branch of the Central Naval Museum. In 1992 the Saint Andrew Naval Banner was raised over the Cruiser Aurora.
At present the Aurora exposition features over 500 original documents, photographs, and ship objects concerning the cruiser's history and its participation in Russian history. For those who wish there are thematic excursions of the underwater cruiser part and machine-boiler sector.