Museum of the History of Money in St. Petersburg
The history of money is the history of a country. The Museum of the History of Money in St. Petersburg allows you to discover different historical eras in a new way.
The Anninsky Cavalier of the Peter and Paul Fortress presents the largest modern exposition dedicated to the history of Russian money from ancient times to the present day.
Only here you can see all the main types of coins and banknotes that circulated in Russia. Some exhibits exist in a single copy: unapproved sketches of banknotes, proof prints of banknotes and trial coins.
Interactive technologies make the process of getting to know the Museum of the History of Money exciting and comfortable. Near the showcases, touch-screen kiosks are installed, on the screens of which you can display detailed information about the exhibits, enlarge their image, which is especially important for small items – in particular, coins.
Visitors are offered to watch thematic videos on the history of the monetary system in Russia; historical figures and events related to the history of money; technologies for the production of banknotes.
Visitors can solve money filwords and collect money puzzles; to correlate banknotes from different eras with well-known literary and movie heroes who could use this money; choose which banknotes would be appropriate in works of painting, one way or another related to the process of buying and selling.
History of the Museum of the History of Money
The Museum of the History of Money was opened on the initiative and at the expense of Goznak in 2016 in the Anninsky Cavalier of the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg. It is based on the collection of Goznak, which was formed over more than two centuries of the company’s history and today has no analogues.
Before the opening of the Museum of the History of Money, many items from the Goznak collection had never been exhibited. And the building of the Anninsky Cavalier itself was previously closed to the public.
Thanks to the museum, a new public space appeared in the Peter and Paul Fortress – the area around the Anninsky Cavalier. Today, there is a cafe and a museum shop, and an original screw press of the 19th century is installed. The museum complex also includes the exhibition halls of the building of the House of Fund Capital. Thematic exhibitions are annually held there, complementing the main exposition of the Museum of the History of Money and allowing a more complete presentation of the unique items from the Goznak collection to the general public.
What to see
- All major types of coins and banknotes that circulated in Russia.
- Trial and unissued coins and unapproved draft banknotes.
- Samples of banknotes with autographs of Nicholas II, S.Yu. Witte, P.A. Stolypin, G. Ya. Sokolnikov.
- A unique tool for minting coins (stamps) of the 18-19th centuries.
- A 5 kg gold coin and a 5 kg silver coin. You can even hold them in your hands.
- A tower composed of a million coins of 1 ruble each. The tower is over three meters high.
- Dynamic layouts of a coin factory and paper mill from the 18th century. Videos about the modern production of coins and banknotes.
- And also – collections of wallets and piggy banks, traditional jewelry created using coins, counterfeit coins and banknotes of the 19th and 20th centuries.