Museum complex "The Universe of Water"

The museum complex of SUE "Vodokanal of St. Petersburg" includes the following:

  • classic exhibition "The Water World of St. Petersburg" located in the building of the old water tower is dedicated to the history of water supply and wastewater disposal in the world, in Russia and in       St. Petersburg;
  • multimedia exhibition "The Underground World of St. Petersburg" located in the left annex of the water tower displays the route of water from the water intake through pipelines into apartments and back to the sewage treatment plants;
  • multimedia exhibition "The Universe of Water" located in the former clean water reservoir demonstrates, to the fullest extent, the intrinsic meaning of the word "water";  it displays water in all its manifestations, both constructive and destructive, with all its mysteries, enigmas and legends.

All exhibitions in the museum complex are united by one common subject – strength, power and significance of water.

Video about the museum

The exhibition "The Water World of St. Petersburg" was opened in the water tower (constructed in 1859-1862, architects E.G. Shubersky and I.A. Merts) by 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg – in 2003. At the International Forum of European Museums held in 2006 in Portugal, the Water World of St. Petersburg was awarded the title of "the European Museum 2006" and was marked very high for "its great achievements in the raising of social significance of museum collections". The museum officially represents Russia in the European Association of Water Museums. The exhibition was renovated in 2008.

The new exhibition "The Universe of Water" was opened in the former clean water reservoir (constructed in 1887-1889) by the 150th anniversary of Vodokanal in autumn 2008. It combines multimedia technologies and effects, spatial and text objects. Images, sounds and color themes are changing making the exhibition changeful like water. This exhibition has no equals neither in Russia nor abroad in terms of elaboration and use of modern technologies.

32 films about water were specially produced for the Universe of Water. The films are continuously demonstrated on large screens. The films are about music of water, information memory of water, origin of water on the Earth, healing properties of water, water in ceremonies, floods in St. Petersburg... 

Interactive forms of communication with visitors are used in the Universe of Water. There are programs for the visitors of various ages but mainly for children here.

Interactive games:

  • Whirlpool
  • A Trip to the Dropland
  • Who Lives in the Tower
  • Following the Footprints of Aqua
  • Where crayfish winter
  • Museum football
  • Birthday in the Museum
  • Group Holiday

Timetable of interactive games

The interactive programs are developed for children groups of 10 - 20 pupils.

To be included into the excursion schedule, make pre-appointment call to:
“The Universe of Water”: 438-43-01
“The Water World of St. Petersburg”: 275-43-25, 438-43-75

"The Universe of Water" open hours:

Wednesday – Sunday (Monday and Tuesday - closed) 10.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.

Ticket office is closed at 6.30 p.

Visiting the exhibitions “The Underground World of St. Petersburg”   and “The Universe of Water” is available only with a guide.

Weekend excursions (Saturday, Sunday):

“The Underground World of St. Petersburg”: 12.00; 13.00; 14.00; 15.00; 16.00; 17.00; 18.00.

“The Universe of Water”: 11.30; 12.15; 13.00; 13.45; 14.30; 15.15; 16.00; 16.45; 17.30; 18.15.

Week-day excursions (Wednesday-Friday): 

“The Underground World of St. Petersburg”: 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00 и 16.00.

“The Universe of Water”: 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00 и 16.00.

Ticket price for the Museum Complex “The Universe of Water”:


Full price,

Price for schoolchildren and students 

Price for pensioners 

Excursion to the multimedia complex
The Underground World of St. Petersburg”  

200 RUR

150 RUR

50 RUR

Excursion to the multimedia complex
“The Universe of Water”

250 RUR

120 RUR

50 RUR

Individual tour to the historical exhibition in the tower

150 RUR

50 RUR

50 RUR

Taking photographs - 100 RUR.

Taking videos - 500 RUR. 

The following groups are entitled to a free admission: 

  • the physically handicapped,
  • veteran of the Great Patriotic War,
  • residents of Blockaded Leningrad,
  • veterans of wars in Chechnya and Afganistan,
  • participants  of Chernobyl  accident elimination,
  • preschoolers (children of seven and downward),
  • Vodokanal employees  (submitting a corporate identity card)  and their family members   (children, wives, husbands);
  • members of multi-child families (submitting relevant documents).

For more information call +7 (812) 438-43-75, +7 (812) 275-43-25 and +7 (812) 438-43-01

Address: 56, Shpalernaya street (metro station "Chernyshevskaya"). 

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