A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communications

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A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communications
The museum building
The museum building
A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communications is located in Central Saint Petersburg
A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communications
Location within Saint Petersburg
Established11 September 1872; 150 years ago (1872-09-11)
LocationSaint Petersburg, Russia
Coordinates59°55′57″N 30°18′07″E / 59.932581°N 30.301967°E / 59.932581; 30.301967Coordinates: 59°55′57″N 30°18′07″E / 59.932581°N 30.301967°E / 59.932581; 30.301967
Typepostal & telecommunications museum
Key holdingsRussian National Collection of Philately
CollectionsCommodity stamps, documents, devices
DirectorAlexander I. Burdin (as of 2015)

The A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communications is a museum of science and technology founded in 1872. It is located in the historic centre of Saint Petersburg, Russia, near Saint Isaac's Square.[1]


The museum was opened on 11 September 1872 as the Telegraph Museum. The head of the Telegraph Department of Russia Carl Luders proclaimed the foundation of this museum:[1]

…For the purpose of familiarisation of all the telegraph workers and other interested persons with all innovations and improvements in the field of telegraphy, it is proposed to organise a permanent museum in Saint Petersburg, based on objects presented at the Moscow Polytechnic Exhibition…

In 1884, the post office branch was added and the museum was transformed into the Postal and Telegraph Museum.[2]

In 1945, the museum was named after the Russian scientist and inventor Alexander Stepanovich Popov.[1]

By the late 1970s, the museum housed more than 4 million stamps, stamped envelopes, and postcards.[2]

Nowadays, the museum is a leading institution in its field in the Russian Federation. As such, it provides consulting supervision for other telecommunications museums.[1]


The museum archives and collections include over 8 million items including:[1]


The museum is situated at the address: 7 Pochtamtskaya Street, Saint Petersburg, 190000, Russia.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g "About museum". About. Saint Petersburg, Russia: The A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communications. Archived from the original on 2015-05-23. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  2. ^ a b Владинец Н. И. [Vladinets, N. I.] (1977). "Филателия" [Philately]. In Прохоров, А. М. (ed.). Большая советская энциклопедия: в 30 т. (1970–1979) [The Great Soviet Encyclopedia] (in Russian). Vol. 27 (Ульяновск – Франкфорт) (3rd ed.). М. [Moscow]: Советская энциклопедия [Soviet Encyclopedia]. Retrieved 2015-06-08.

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