Arctic Exhibition Center "Nuclear Icebreaker "Lenin"
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The nuclear icebreaker "Lenin" was built in one year, and in 1957 it was launched at the Marti shipyard in Leningrad. It was the world's first surface vessel with a nuclear power plant.
Two years later, on September 12, 1959, he went to the first tests from the Admiralty shipyard.
In June 1971, the nuclear-powered vessel was the first of the surface vessels to pass north of Severnaya Zemlya.
The icebreaker "Lenin" worked for 30 years and was decommissioned in 1989 and put into permanent parking in Murmansk. The icebreaker has carried thousands of ships in the Arctic ice, while it has traveled 654,400 nautical miles, which is more than three times the length of the distance from the Earth to the Moon or is equal to 30 revolutions along the equator of the globe.
Today, the Nuclear icebreaker "Lenin" is a museum and the only object of cultural heritage of federal significance in the city of Murmansk.
The furniture, the interior of the icebreaker and the mechanisms have been preserved in their original form. The vessel is equipped with wide aisles, a sauna, a relaxation room, a darkroom, a cinema projector and a library.
The icebreaker museum hosts organized excursions to the crew canteen, the power station, the medical unit, the club premises, the captain's cabin and the captain's bridge. During the tour, they visit the mess hall, where they have met famous political and cultural figures in different years. Among the guests who visited the icebreaker are Fidel Castro, Yuri Gagarin, US Vice President Richard Nixon, Alexandra Pakhmutova.
The Atomic Energy Information Center and the permanent exhibition "Atom and the Arctic", an interactive museum and educational complex of the history of the nuclear icebreaker fleet, the development of the Northern Sea Route, industrial development, climatic features and ecology of the Arctic, also operate on board the nuclear icebreaker Lenin.
During your visit to the nuclear-powered vessel, do not forget to admire the view of the commercial port, which is especially beautiful in the dark thanks to the illumination of the cranes.
Sightseeing tours begin at 12.00, 13.30 and 15.00. Visits to these sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis, without an appointment and an additional fee for the tour service.