Cultural Centre in Birobidzhan

Jewish Birobidzhan

A few vestiges of Birobidzhan’s Jewish heritage remain. Note the Hebrew signs on the train station, the lively farmers market and the post office on the riverfront at the southern terminus of ul Gorkogo. On the squa…
Fortress in Vladivostok

Fort No 7

Attention fort fans: Vladivostok teems with sprawling, rather unique subterranean forts built between the late 19th and early 20th century to ward off potential Japanese (or American) attacks. Sixteen protective for…
Museum in Khabarovsk

Khabarovsk Territorial Museum

Located in an evocative 1894 red-brick building, this museum contains an excellent overview of Russian and Soviet history. Galleries take you decade by decade through the past with fascinating propaganda posters, ol…
Museum in Vladivostok

Arsenev Regional Museum

One of the city's most fascinating museum, the Arsenev Regional Museum, which dates from 1890 received a recent makeover adding interactive displays to its three floors of galleries.
Museum in Blagoveshchensk

Amur Regional Museum

A short walk northwest of pl Pobedy, this museum is housed in a former tsarist-era trading house and Soviet-era HQ for the Communist Youth League (Komsomol). Inside are 26 halls, with plenty of interesting photos, 1…
Museum in Khabarovsk

Archaeology Museum

This small five-room gallery displays tools and living essentials from early peoples. Pottery, animal skin huts, dugout canoes, a tiny model settlement and many early hand tools are here. Don't miss replicas of smal…
Funicular in Vladivostok


Vladivostok’s well-oiled funicular railway makes a fun 60-second ride up a 100m hill every few minutes. At the top, cross ul Sukhanova via the underpass to a great lookout over the bay. It’s next to a statue of Sain…
Museum in Vladivostok

S-56 Submarine

Perched near the waterfront, the S-56 submarine is worth a look. The first half is a ho-hum exhibit of badges and photos of men with badges (all in Russian). Keep going: towards the back you walk through an officers…
Museum in Vladivostok

Antique Automobile Museum

If you’re a bit of a car (or Soviet) nerd, the Antique Automobile Museum is an absolute classic. A room full of Sovietmobiles (motorcycles too) from the 1930s to 1970s includes a 1948 M&M-green GAZ-20 ‘Pobeda’ (…
Gallery in Vladivostok

Primorsky Picture Gallery

Vladivostok’s bipolar art museum’s original locale (ul Aleutskaya 12) has long been under renovation, but may be open by the time you read this. While most of the impressive collection is in storage, bits and pieces…