Avtovaz Technics Museum

Avtovaz Technics Museum

Avtovaz technic museum is a unique and is the biggest museum in Russia in terms of numbers of exhibits and total space occupied. At the moment, Avtovaz technic museum has more than 460 exhibits and occupies territory of 38 hectares, thus, the museum established in Tolyatti, homeland of VAZ, can be considered one of the biggest park-museums in the Russian Federation.

Avtovaz Technics Museum

It has all begun in 1998 with the AVTOVAZ vice-president’s initiative to establish the parkland and on 7 September, 2001, the grand opening took place. In the meantime the museum already had more than 300 exhibits indicating development of automotive, armored, aircraft, engineering, radar engineering and railway technics as well as artillery missile and marine weapons.

Avtovaz Technics Museum

In the museum’s collection gathered specimens of military inventory back from the first and the second World Wars. Over here you can see stronghold cannons, 122mm howitzers back from 1910 and 1930, T-34-85, T-70, IS-3, PzKpfw 38t and Prague tanks, a legendary multiple launch rocket system ‘Katyusha,’ SP gun mount ISU-152, Swedish antiaircraft cannon ‘Bophors’ and so on.

Avtovaz Technics Museum

Avtovaz Technics Museum

One of the main exhibits is a diesel-driven submarine B-307 (project 641) with its length more than 90 meters (300 feet) and as high as a five-story building (14 meters or 47 feet); moreover, it weights 2,000 tonnes. The submarine was built at Gorkov ship-building yard in 1979. Altogether Russia had 18 submarines like this one. B-307 is the biggest diesel-driven submarine on the strength of Russia’s Navy.

Avtovaz Technics Museum

Avtovaz Technics Museum

Here displayed such prototype models of technics as MI-24 helicopter, Pchela-1TM remote-controlled flying machine, 152mm self-propelled howitzer Akatsiya 2C3M, self-propelled guns 2C5 Giatsint and 2C7 Pion, tank T-80U, self-propelled antiaircraft gun Shilka, aircraft MIG-29 and MIG-31, airborne combat vehicles and so forth.

Avtovaz Technics Museum

In 2004 the museum’s collection has been topped up with the highest exhibit (24 meters or 80 feet.) This is a low altitude detecting device and a target illuminator that are a part of mid-range air defence missile system C-300.

Avtovaz Technics Museum

Avtovaz Technics Museum

Avtovaz Technics Museum

Avtovaz Technics Museum

Apparently, in the museum’s collection displayed many technic specimens that Russia can boast of. Try to guess, which kind of equipment the museum is devoid of?

Avtovaz Technics Museum

Heavy road machinery.

Avtovaz Technics Museum

In 2003 the museum was honourably mentioned as ‘the best sightseeing place in the region.

Avtovaz Technics Museum

Capsule for launch of UAV with vehicular chassis.

Avtovaz Technics Museum

As well as transporting chassis.

Avtovaz Technics Museum

Mobile radar station.

Avtovaz Technics Museum

Landing troops display. The same room has moon and mars rovers exhibited.

Avtovaz Technics Museum

In railway technics display exhibited such locomotives as L, ER, T, SO-17, EA, diesel-powered loco TEM-1, three armored platforms and railmotor car.

Photos and story via victorprofessor

12 thoughts on “Avtovaz Technics Museum”

  1. ok found it…it’s here
    http://maps.google.it/?ie=UTF8&ll=53.550507,49.249134&spn=0.03799,0.090723&t=k&z=14
    but u gotta use bing maps or the russians ones to see something

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