56 Shpalernaya street (metro station “Chernyshevskaya”)
From 10.00 to 19.00

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Brief overview

Museum complex 'The Universe of Water' operates as a part of the branch "Information and Training Center" of SUE "Vodokanal of Saint-Petersburg".

The exhibitions are placed in the Water Tower and the building of the former reservoir of the Main Water Works.

The museum complex is very easy to find: It is situated on 56 Shpalernaya street, opposite Tavrichesky Palace. Besides, the Water Tower that has become the symbol of Vodokanal in Saint-Petersburg can be seen from the distance.

Today the museum complex comprises three expositions:

- 'The Water World of Saint-Petersburg' (historical exhibition inside the building of the Water Tower). Here the history of water conduits of different peoples and history of water supply in Saint-Petersburg are presented. Among the exhibits one can see wells and wooden pipes, brass wash basins and ceramic washstands, old drawings and photos.

- 'The Underground of Petersburg' (multimedia exhibition in the left extension of the Water Tower). This is a trip under the ground, repeating the water way from water intake through pipes to dwelling apartments – and back to a waste water treatment plant. Here one of the biggest models of the historical center of the city is located.

- 'The Universe of Water' (multimedia exhibition in the left building of the former clean water reservoir of the Main Water Works). Everything is dedicated to water here. Water as the greatest mystery. Water as medicine. Water as destructor. Water as standard. Water as music. Multimedia technologies and effects combined with the exhibits that are permitted to be touched with hands. The space surrounding visitors is changeable as the water itself: sounds, pictures, light are changing.

Exhibitions 'The Underground Petersburg' и 'The Universe of Water' are available only as tours (for individuals weekend tours are organized). The exhibition "The Water World of Saint-Petersburg" can be seen both within a tour group and individually.

Museum complex specialists have also developed more than ten interactive programs, intended for children of different ages – from preschool children to teenagers.

Family thematic interactive programs are regularly held, as well as programs dedicated to different holidays and events (further information about special offers you can find here).

Exhibitions are held in the right extension of the Water Tower.

Monday and Tuesday are days off in the museum complex.

The details of working hours one can find here. 

Every year the Museum complex of Vodokanal participates in the International Event - Museums at Night

Water-carrier Monument in front of the Water Tower

Fountain in the territory of the Information and Training Centre