Arctic and Antarctic Museum

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Melnikov's building on Marata Street near Ligovsky Avenue

The Russian State Arctic and Antarctic Museum (Russian: Российский государственный музей Арктики и Антарктики) is a museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. It was established in November 1930 as part of the Soviet Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, but was not opened until six years later.[1]

The museum is located in Avraam Melnikov's Neoclassical church from the 1820s and remains the largest museum dedicated to polar exploration in the world.[2] The current director of the museum is Victor Boyarsky.[3]


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Coordinates: 59°55′39.02″N 30°21′12.94″E / 59.9275056°N 30.3535944°E / 59.9275056; 30.3535944