Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

Looking for something to do in Saint Petersburg? The Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines is a perfect afternoon of retro cool.

Gordon Bennett (1841-1918) I can't tell you how much I loved this place. The museum's in a large ex-warehouse type space, which some talented folk have filled with a good number of resurrected Soviet machines.

The museum just off the main thoroughfare in the historic centre of Saint Petersburg, and on entry you're given a stack of old 15-kopeck coins for you to use on the forty-odd different games. You're also politely reminded not to take any of the coins away as a souvenir - they remain the only way to keep the machines working.


The staff told me that keeping these relics going isn't easy - and at any time there are always some under maintenance.

Some of the machines are clearly mimicking classic western arcade games, others were just plain weird.

I never quite got the hang of this tank game. I think the idea was to drive around and blow up enemy missile launchers...


Many are drawn to the museum by nostalgia - but it's fun for anyone really - you'll find plenty of young people shooting, driving and blasting their way around too.

You can visit the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines (Музей советских игровых автоматов) in either Saint Petersburg or Moscow.

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