Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines
Designed like a Soviet-era video games arcade, this museum has everything from the popularSea Battle to table football to the Russian folk gameGorodki. There’s even an old lemonade dispenser. Entrance tickets include a box of 15 kopecks in coins for you to use to play the games. The museum also showcases a collection of broken machines, as well as a fascinating selection of other Soviet-era games, toys, books, and office machinery.
Things to Know Before You Go
This museum is great fun for both kids and adults, so give yourself at least two hours to enjoy the many games.
Entrance tickets include a box of 15 coins to operate the machines. Make sure not to put your coins in the broken machines, which should all be clearly marked.
The museum has a bar and café.
The ground floor of the museum is accessible for wheelchair users, but not all of the games are accessible.
How to Get There
The Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines is located on the opposite side of the canal from the Savior on Spilled Blood Cathedral; the closest subway station is Nevsky Prospekt, roughly 10 minutes away by foot. The entrance—which is marked by an old Soviet Moskvich car—is located through an archway off the Griboedov canal embankment.
When to Get There
The museum is open daily from 11am to 8pm, but it can get busy on weekends, and you might find you have to wait for the machines. To avoid the crowds, opt for a weekday visit in the morning or early afternoon.
Unusual Museums in St Petersburg
World renowned museums such as the State Hermitage Museum and the Fabergé Museum are St Petersburg’s biggest draws, but the city also has a number of quirky museums for those looking for something different. After you’ve put your gaming skills to the test at the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines, you can head to the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography to see oddities such as a two-headed baby in a jar—after which you might need a stiff drink at the Museum of Russian Vodka or a cuddle with a cat at the Republic of Cats Museum and Café.
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