Poltavchenko said on the opening date of the new Museum of the siege of Leningrad

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty in photobacteria svetoy to the monument of the Blockade on the territory of the Monument to the heroic defenders of Leningrad in St. Petersburg. Archival photoPoltavchenko said on the opening date of the new Museum of the siege of Leningrad© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty the image Bank

The Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko hopes that the new Museum and exhibition complex «defense and blockade of Leningrad» will open in late 2019 – early 2020.

«Now preparing project documentation. Early next year we plan to conduct appropriate competitive procedures. Then it all depends on the builders, but I hope that at the end of 2019 – beginning of 2020, the Museum will open», the Governor said in an interview to the leading news agencies of Russia.

According to him, according to preliminary estimates, when finally ready documents and there results the state examination, the cost of construction of the new Museum is estimated at 1.5-2 billion rubles.

«Given the improvement of the adjacent territory and the creation of the Park, means you may need more. Do not rule out that there will be Federal funding, because they were preliminary talks with the Ministry of culture. And the President of Russia the idea is also supported,» — said Poltavchenko.

He also said that the current Museum of the defense and siege of Leningrad in Solyanoi lane planned repair and reconstruction. For this purpose allocated about 200 million rubles. It is planned to create an exposition, devoted, in particular, and the fate of the Museum itself. «As a working Museum in Solyanoy alley, and we plan to start major repair and restoration. For the 75th anniversary of the complete liberation from the Nazi blockade in 2019, it needs to be in good condition, so we could carry out celebrations,» said the Governor.

The idea of creating a new contemporary Museum of defense and blockade of Leningrad appeared in 2014. Then the authorities of St. Petersburg said that the city needed a Museum that would reflect the heroism and tragedy of the blockade, the area of the existing Museum does not allow you to create a large exposure. Now the State memorial Museum of defense and blockade of Leningrad is located in the house №9 in the Salt lane. In October 2017, the winner of the international architectural and urban planning competition to develop the concept of Museum and exhibition complex «defense and blockade of Leningrad» was the architectural workshop «Studio 44» Nikita Yavein.

The area of the new complex will be 25 thousand square meters, it will appear in the historical center of Saint Petersburg on the headland at the bend of the Neva to the Smolny embankment in the immediate vicinity of the ensemble of the Smolny Cathedral and Tavrichesky Palace. The plot will be 1.73 ha. It is anticipated that the new Museum and exhibition complex will become the leading national institution for the study, documentation and presentation of the history of the defense and siege of Leningrad.

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