Avrora cruiser and its museum

“Avrora” – cruiser of the 1st rank of the Baltic Fleet of the type “Diana”. Named after the sailing frigate Aurora, which became famous during the defense of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky during the Crimean War.

The official laying of the Diana class cruisers was made on May 23 (June 4), 1897. The first solemn ceremony at 10:30 was held on the Aurora in the presence of Admiral General Alexei Alexandrovich.

During the Russo-Japanese War, Avrora participated in the campaign of the Second Pacific Squadron, which ended in the Battle of Tsushima. The cruiser also took part in the First World War.

A blank shot from the Aurora was the signal for the start of the attack on the Winter Palace in 1917; the cruiser became one of the main symbols of the October Revolution and St. Petersburg.

Since 1948, it has been on the eternal parking lot at the Petrogradskaya embankment at the source of the Bolshaya Nevka. The cruiser moved several times for repairs, the last time she returned to the parking lot on July 16, 2016.

The cruiser “Aurora” is an object of cultural heritage of the Russian Federation.

Main facts and technical characteristics

Class and type of vessel: armored cruiser

Port of registry: Kronstadt

Organization: Russian Imperial Navy, RKKF, Soviet Navy, Russian Navy

Manufacturer: New Admiralty

Construction: started September 1896

Launched: May 11 (24), 1900

Commissioned: June 16, 1903

Withdrawn from the Navy: November 17, 1948

Displacement: 6731 tons (normal), 7130 t (full)

Length: 126.8 m

Width: 16.8 m

Draft: 6.4 m

Reservation deck: 38—63.5 mm, felling 152 mm

Engines: 3 vertical triple expansion machines, 24 Belleville water tube boilers

Power: 11 971 h. p. (8.8 MW)

Propeller: 3 screws

Travel speed: 19.28 knots (35.7 km / h)

Cruising range: 3300 nautical miles (10 knots)

Endurance approx. 165 days

Crew 20 officers, 550 sailors

Mine and torpedo armament: 35 min, 3 × 8 × 381 mm torpedo tubes


Phone: 8 (812) 607-49-22 (booking excursions, except Monday, Tuesday)

E-mail: [email protected]

Working hours: from 10:00 to 18:00

The ticket office closes at 17:15

Days off – Monday, Tuesday.

How to get there?

The nearest metro station: Gorkovskaya.

From “Gorkovskaya” – by trams No. 6, 40; from “Lenin Square” – by tram number 6.

From the city center from the metro station “Nevsky Prospekt” by bus number 49, stop at the corner of Nevsky Prospekt and Sadovaya Street.

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