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The Universe of Water - Museum in Saint Petersburg
August 24, 2017 18:56

The museum building is noticeable from afar away - it is a historic water tower and the building of a former reservoir.

Modern high-tech museum "The Universe of Water" consists of three parts. Inside the water tower there is the exposition "The Water World of St. Petersburg". Here you can see rare exhibits: water pipes made of wood, sanitary ware and drawings of the century before last. Visitors get acquainted with the history of the aqueduct in St. Petersburg, which goes back to 1858. Most of the exhibition is dedicated to the work of public services during the Petersburg blockade in World War II. Back then it was the selfless work of the Municipal Enterprise of Water Supply and Waste Water Treatment that helped to avoid epidemics in the besieged city.

In the extension to the left of the water tower, there is a multimedia exhibition. It is devoted to the present day work of the Municipal Enterprise of Water Supply and Waste Water Treatment and is named "Underground World of Petersburg". A huge, iridescent multicolored layout shows the path that water runs: from the water intake structures at the bottom of the Neva to St. Petersburg apartments (through filters and underground pipes). Every excursion to this room turns into a little theatrical performance.

In the premises of the ancient underground reservoir you can get exhaustive information about water – as a chemical substance and a ruthless element, as a natural musical instrument and the main need of the human body.

A transformed water tank contains a multimedia exhibition, "The Universe of Water". Its showroom is a labyrinth, wandering around which visitors can get from winter to summer and vice versa. The exposition is complemented with special sensory touch screens desks.

On weekdays, mMultimedia exhibitions here run for excursion groups only. On weekends, individual tourists are welcomed here as well. The exposition "The Water World of St. Petersburg" is open to groups and for self-viewing. The concept of the museum and exhibition complex is maintaining the unique tower structure, preserving historical evidences of past eras and popularizing the idea of respect for water resources.

In the hall, there is a beautiful and ergonomic fountain with a limited amount of water involved in it. A closed water consumption cycle is at the heart of its operation.  

The Universe of Water museum is located at the address 56, Shpalernaya Street, next to Chernyshevskaya metro station, Saint Petersburg.

Open hours: 10 am to 7 pm on Wednesday – Sunday

Find details on the official website of the Universe of Water museum

Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: St. Petersburg Museums St. Petersburg    

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