The Russian State Museum of Arctic and Antarctic

Kronstadt likely to open Arctic and Antarctic Museum subsidiary

The Russian State Museum of Arctic and Antarctic is planning to open a subsidiary in Kronstadt, with the Arktika nuclear-powered icebreaker as its main attraction, the museum director, Viktor Boyarsky, told Arctic-Info Agency.

Located on the Naval Plant premises, the subsidiary will also display artefacts dated from the mid-20th century to the present.

"The Arktika will certainly attract attention. If you want to draw a parallel, it is the same as the Vostok spaceship that was piloted by Yury Gagarin. The icebreaker was fully assembled, down to the last bolt, at the Baltiysky Plant in Leningrad. It was the first ship to reach the North Pole, having travelled one and a half million miles," Mr. Boyarsky said.