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Top Choice Museum in Arkhangelsk

Northern Naval Museum

Beautifully presented nautical exhibits cluster around the striking centrepiece – the prow of a ship – in the light-filled main hall of Arkhangelsk's most modern museum. Lose yourself amid fishing and whaling tools,…
Top Choice Museum in Arkhangelsk

Regional Studies Museum

The history section charts the development of the harsh north, from its settlement by dispossessed and exiled peasantry in the 1930s, to the Gulag camps, to the suffering of the 'second St Petersburg' during WWII, w…
Top Choice Cafe in Arkhangelsk

Polina Cafe

This spacious cafe is popular with a young crowd and serves good pasta, as well as fish- and meat-based dishes. A sprouting of vegetarian dishes (such as mushroom and eggplant bake, R290) offer some welcome culinary…
Top Choice Museum in Arkhangelsk

Fine Arts Museum

Arkhangelsk’s most compelling art gallery has regularly changing exhibitions that range from modern reflections on Soviet propaganda to pop art. Upstairs are impressive icons, bone carvings and decorative art displa…
Museum in Arkhangelsk

Malye Karely Wooden Architecture Museum

Set in pretty rolling dales 25km southeast of Arkhangelsk’s centre, this well-presented open-air museum is Arkhangelsk’s foremost attraction. Featuring dozens of 16th- to 19th-century wooden buildings relocated here…
Monument in Arkhangelsk

Sovoletsky Stone in Honour of Gulag Victims

This 1.5m-by-1m granite stone was brought to Arkhangelsk from the Sovoletsky Islands in 1990 as a monument to the victims of Soviet-era Gulag camps. Located in an attractive park, its inscription reads 'To the Victi…
Memorial in Arkhangelsk

Captured British Mark V Tank

A British tank on the streets of a Russian city is an unusual sight indeed. This one, which saw service in WWI, was captured by the Red Army in 1919 after foreign forces landed in Russia in an attempt to quash the f…
Cathedral in Arkhangelsk

Archangel Mikhail Cathedral

The construction of this 72m-high cathedral, which stands on the site of a prerevolutionary cathedral that was destroyed by the Soviets in 1938, is due to be completed in 2018-19. Even unfinished, the cathedral, wit…
Historic Building in Arkhangelsk

Gostiny Dvor

In the 17th and 18th centuries, Arkhangelsk’s heart and soul was this merchants' yard, a grand, turreted brick trading centre built between 1668 and 1684. The huge, fortress-like complex has been largely restored an…
Museum in Arkhangelsk

EK Plotnikova House-Museum

This historical building houses an impressive collection of Russian art from the 18th to the 20th centuries, including works by Karl Bryullov of The Last Day of Pompeii fame (although that one's in St Petersburg). I…