Vyborg Castle, located on a small island in the Gulf of Finland, is the oldest of Vyborg's fortifications, dating back to the 13th century. In 1964, the USSR Ministry of Defense handed over the castle for the establishment of the future museum, which opened in 1970. It was then that the first permanent exhibitions appeared here. They were dedicated to stages in the development of the town and the history of the land in the times of the revolutions of 1905 and 1917. After a while, a permanent exhibition «Karelian Isthmus during the Second World War» was opened. The oldest of the existing museum expositions opened in 1974. It is a permanent exhibition called «The fauna of the Karelian Isthmus.»
He Vyborg Castle museum has a total of 14 collections on show: the largest of all collections — «Photographs and photographic negatives», a collection of documentary materials with unique drawings and maps of the 18th century, «Numismatics», «Rare books», «Art materials», a natural science collection, and others. In 2007, the museum created a unique collection called «Underwater Archeology», holding a collection of almost 500 items from Swedish ships of the middle of the 18th century, destroyed during the Battle in Vyborg Bay in 1790, which illustrate the life of Swedish sailors of the time. 50 Swedish ships sank in that battle, while the Russian side did not lose a single vessel.
The museum organizes over 30 exhibitions a year, and it is also a venue for international, Russian and regional scientific conferences. This is also one of the few surviving European-type castles in Russia, and this is why historical reconstruction festivals are held here, as well as jousting tournaments and theatrical performances. Vyborg Castle hosts interactive tours, known as «Medieval Shooting», «Knightly Entertainment», «Minstrels» Performance,» and others.
Committee for Culture of the Leningrad Region. Department for Tourism/ lentravel.ru
|Phone number:||+7 (81378) 215-15, 251-86|
|Address:||Zamkovy Ostrov Street, Vyborg, Vyborgsky District, Leningrad Oblast, 188800|