St. Petersburg State MUSEUM of the History of Professional Education
Federal Education Agency
The St. Petersburg Museum of the History of Professional
Education (Vocational Training) records the heroic achievements of the Russian
tradition of vocational education. It was created in 1980 for the 40th
anniversary of the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet « On State
Manpower Resources ». The history of vocational training in Russia is closely
linked to the history of the country, and each hall of the museum tells one page
of this story.
The museum forms a base for research into, and education
about, the education system at different levels of vocational training. The
museum collection consists of documents (in the form of actual objects, written
and graphic items) from the time of Peter I until the present day (1701- the
opening of the first school of mathematics and navigation in Moscow).
The Museum offers both permanent and temporary exhibitions.
The permanent exhibition consists of historical materials about the development
of vocational training in Russia and St. Petersburg. The temporary exhibitions
form additions to the permanent exhibition and represent, as a rule, the
exploration in depth of one or more of the museum’s main themes. The basic types
of temporary exhibition are:
• exhibitions about a particular stage in the history of
vocational training in Russia
• exhibitions devoted to outstanding people in the history of vocational
training in Russia.
• group and one-person exhibitions reflecting the technical creativity of pupils
in initial and secondary vocational training.
The museum’s guides regularly give tours of the museum to
young people as they complete their education at comprehensive schools,
providing full information about technical and trade schools, lyceums and
colleges in St. Petersburg and district. The museum regularly holds events which
are known as “Professional Decades”. These “decades” are an opportunity for
students who are about to choose a profession to speak personally with those who
are already in that profession, and also to speak with possible future
employers. We believe that this process greatly simplifies the choice of a
future profession and improves success in employment.
The Museum’s address is: 191119, St. Petersburg, Ulitsa
(metro station: Ligovsky Prospect)
It is open on weekdays from 10.00 till 17.00, and is closed Saturday and Sunday.
Telephone: 314-19-66, tel/fax: 315-03-72, e-mail:
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