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Lenin Memorial Museum (Smolny Institute), St. Petersburg

Lenin Memorial Museum (Smolny Institute), St. Petersburg

The Lenin Memorial Museum is housed in a structure that used to contain the Smolny Institute for Noble Maidens. The building, built from 1806 to 1808, was one of the first educational institutes for women. It was at the Smolny where young girls were made into ladies. But, this is not why the building is important. The museum is located in a building that is a major part of Russian history.

During the October 1917 Revolution, the Smolny became Lenin’s temporary residence and then the headquarters for the local communist party. In 1927, a statue of Lenin was installed in front of the building. The statue designers were Vasily Kozlov, Vladimir Shchuko, and Vladimir Gelfreikh. In addition, Sergi Kirov, an important Bolshevik leader was assassinated at this location. In 1991, the Smolny became the seat of the city mayor and the city government.

The museum was established in 1992. The Smolny Photo/Document Exhibit, First Soviet Government Exhibit, and Days of the Siege Exhibit are some of the displays that remember the building’s history. Patrons will enjoy viewing Lenin’s office and living quarters, the assembly hall in which Lenin spoke, as well as the former school for the girls. The gallery is one of the few Lenin museums still in existence. An average of 62,000 people per year visit.
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Sight Name: Lenin Memorial Museum (Smolny Institute)
Sight Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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