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 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.
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…
Museum in Vladivostok

Vladivostok Fortress Museum

On the site of an old artillery battery overlooking Sportivnaya Harbour, this museum has cannons outside and a six-room indoor exhibit of photos and many, many guns inside. English explanations.
Gallery in Vladivostok


DVGTU’s humble modern art showcase has a few intriguing piss-takes at the country’s red past, such as a bust of Lenin as a novy russky (‘new Russian,’ aka gangster).
Fort in Vladivostok

Voroshilov Battery

Island in Vladivostok

Russky Island

A fully militarised island for most of the past 150 years, this big island just offshore, which only opened to foreigners in the early 2000s, has been reinvented as a business and academic zone (as home to the spraw…