Vladivostok Museums Tour, Vladivostok

Vladivostok’s strategic position ensured the development of the Pacific Fleet in the region. Numerous memorials and museums in the city display artifacts related to the exploration of the area and its contribution to Russian Civil War and World War II naval battles. Take this self-guided walking tour to visit Vladivostok's most exciting museums.
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Vladivostok Museums Tour Map

Guide Name: Vladivostok Museums Tour
Guide Location: Russia » Vladivostok (See other walking tours in Vladivostok)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.0 km
Author: sabrina
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Memorial Submarine S-56 Museum

1) Memorial Submarine S-56 Museum (must see)

Vladivostok has always been the base city of the Russian Pacific fleet. One of historical artifacts of the Soviet navy heritage is Memorial Submarine S-56 Museum. During World War II, this submarine sailed in dangerous waters of the Atlantic Ocean under the command of captain Chedrin and is said to have sunk ten German ships. The boat was returned to the Pacific Ocean fleet in 1951 and served as a training vessel. In 1975 S-56 became a memorial and a museum. Step inside to discover the pride of the military navy of the past. Open daily from 10:30am to 5:30pm.
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Memorial ship "Krasny vympel"

2) Memorial ship "Krasny vympel" (must see)

Krasny Vympel (Red Pennant), Steamboat is another naval heritage of Vladivostok. It was built in 1911 in Finland. The guard boat participated in Russian Civil War military actions and is often called Aurora of the Far East in connection to the famous ship that gave the signal to attack Winter Palace - the residence of the Tsar. The name of captain Zavoiko is linked with the history of the vessel. He is known to have escaped from captivity when sailing into the open sea. Upon arrival back in Vladivostok in 1923, the boat became the first ship of the new Soviet Pacific Navy. Krasny Vympel also participated in naval battles against Japan during World War II. It 1958 the boat became a memorial and a museum. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
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Pacific Fleet Museum

3) Pacific Fleet Museum (must see)

Pacific Fleet Museum was established in 1950 by Captain Sushkov. The museum’s headquarters, initially situated in an old Lutheran church, were relocated in 1997 to another prominent landmark of Vladivostok, namely a beautiful Neo-classical building that was built at the very beginning of the 20th century and first served as a navy officers’ residence. The exciting exhibitions of the museum cover a long history of the Russian pacific fleet featuring navy ships’ guns, equipment, photographs, prints and documents. The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm, and closed on every last Friday of the month.
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House-museum of family Suhanovyh

4) House-museum of family Suhanovyh (must see)

A branch of Primorsky States United Museum, Museum of Suhanov family is one of few remaining residences built at the beginning of the 19th century. A century ago a senior adviser to Primorsky Regional Board Sukhanov lived here. He is known to have made important contributions to the development of the city and the region. Seven rooms of the mansion include photographs, antique furniture, household items, documents and numerous unique objects. There is also a musical room that exhibits old musical instruments such as an organ, a piano, a balalaika, a gramophone player and others. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 5:30pm.
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Museum of Military Glory of the Pacific Border District

5) Museum of Military Glory of the Pacific Border District

Situated in a heritage building built in 1952 by architect L.B. Butko, the Museum of Military Glory of the Pacific Border District is another reminder of the historical importance of Russia's easternmost city. The museum was opened in 1985. It houses a large collection of more than 8,000 exhibits from old prints and documents to military uniforms and weapons. Among the numerous collections of the museum there is a numismatic collection and archaeological artifacts, as well as an arms collection with its exciting display of weapons beautifully arranged and classified in chronological order.
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Primorsky State United Museum "V.K. Arseniev"

6) Primorsky State United Museum "V.K. Arseniev" (must see)

Primorsky State United Museum "V.K. Arseniev" is the oldest museum in the Primorsky region. It was founded in 1884 and was designed in 18th century style. The building has 3 stores and is located in the heart of Vladivostok. In the museum there are several exhibitions of archaeology, ethnography, the development and settlement edge, Old Vladivostok, history of the region during the Soviet period, the exposure of nature and ecology of the Primorsky Territory, geological exposition and a number of mobile, temporary ornithological exhibitions.
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The Memorial House Museum of Vladimir K. Arseniev

7) The Memorial House Museum of Vladimir K. Arseniev

The Memorial House Museum of Vladimir K. Arseniev is another house-museum in Vladivostok and Russia, with a prominent character. Traveler, writer and scientist Vladimir Arseniev has been the driving force behind the organization of expeditions to Kamchatka and other northern regions of Russia. The house has been a major gathering spot of the city’s intellectual elite. It houses original furniture, household items, numerous archaeological findings and objects related to the exploration and development of the Far East. To this day the museum is often used for lectures, seminars, artwork exhibitions and other cultural activities. The museum is open Thursday to Sunday from 9:30am to 6pm.
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Vladivostok Fortress Museum

8) Vladivostok Fortress Museum (must see)

Vladivostok Fortress is a monument representing the defensive architecture of Vladivostok. This is the only Russian naval fortress included in the list of unique military historical monuments by UNESCO. Officially, it became a fortress on August 30th, 1889. By 1916, it was the largest maritime fortress of Russia. Now it consists of more than 400 square km, on which about 130 different forts have been built, including fortifications, strong points and shore batteries, equipped with 400,000 guns.

Walking Tours in Vladivostok, Russia

Create Your Own Walk in Vladivostok

Create Your Own Walk in Vladivostok

Creating your own self-guided walk in Vladivostok is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Vladivostok Shopping Tour

Vladivostok Shopping Tour

Vladivostok is Russia's largest port city of the Pacific Ocean situated close to Russia’s border with North Korea and China. This wonderful city offers its visitors an exciting shopping opportunity. Numerous lovely shops sell fascinating Soviet antiques, traditional handicrafts and other goods. Take this walking tour to visit the most popular shopping spots in Vladivostok.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Vladivostok for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Vladivostok has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Vladivostok, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.