The Universe of Water museum complex is one of the newest museums in Russia, located in the water tower of St. Petersburg, built by architects E. G. Shubersky and I. A. Merts in 1859-1862.
In St. Petersburg there are many interesting places to visit, the Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress, Kunskamera are known around the world. However, this is only a small fraction of the “treasury” of “Venice of the North” that can amaze you, dear reader. One of such amazing places is the St. Petersburg Museum of the Universe of Water.
Interestingly, the idea of creating a museum of the history of urban water supply was born long before the authorities in St. Petersburg started implementing it in 1999. In the summer of 1901, it was decided to arrange a small exposition in the Water Tower, which by that time was no longer used for its intended purpose.
Today, the Universe of Water Museum (St. Petersburg) is located here, opened in 2008 to the 150th anniversary of the St. Petersburg Vodokanal. The first thing that impresses visitors is the labyrinth of columns supporting a low ceiling vault. This architectural feature of the room is explained by the fact that engineers were required to design a completely airtight roof for a flat structure of a huge area.
The expositions located on the third and fourth floors of the Water Tower familiarize visitors not only with the history of the Vodokanal of the Northern capital, but also with the development of sewage and water supply from different peoples in different eras. Here are collected documents, ceramic washstands, photographs, copper washbasins, wooden pipes, wells, etc.
The sixth floor is dedicated to the heroic work of the employees of the Leningrad Vodokanal during the difficult blockade years. In addition, there is also an exposition telling about how drinking water is prepared and delivered to the houses of Petersburgers today, as well as how the disposal of wastewater from a large city is ensured.
In the Underground reservoir, the multimedia exposition The Water Universe acquaints tourists with modern scientific ideas about water, its cycle in nature, chemical composition, world reserves of salt and fresh water in different parts of the world. Of course, this is not all that the Water Museum (St. Petersburg) offers its guests. The organization’s working hours are quite convenient: every day, except Mondays and Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The water tower, which houses historical exhibits, is built on oak stilts. Unlike iron, oak wood in water does not collapse, but only becomes stronger. Therefore, there is no reason to fear for the stability of the Main Tower, still firmly standing on stained oak stilts. What other features does this landmark of St. Petersburg have? The Water Museum has an interactive layout of a person who clearly demonstrates how much water is contained in each of our organs. The smallest amount of it in tooth enamel is 8%, and most of it is in eyes, which are 98% water.
The museum leaves no one indifferent. Visitors are impressed not only by rare exhibits, comprehensively thought-out expositions, where simple things are presented in an original form, but also fascinating, lively stories of guides working from the heart. So if you are in St. Petersburg, be sure to visit this museum!
Author: Artem Tarasov
Location : St.Petersburg
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