A flashmob #PatsayevMustLive at the Museum of the World Ocean celebrating the memorable date related to hoisting the national flag of the USSR on the R/V Kosmonavt Viktor Patsayev takes place on November 24. This day in 1978, it was flown for the first time and the ex timber cargo vessel Semyon Kosinov set to space. It joined the legendary star flotilla and had operated as a ship for space communication until 2017. In 1978 to 1994, the vessel made 14 expeditions fulfilling tasks with spacecraft. It took part in all the Soviet and Russian space programmes. The vessel provided space communication with the orbit stations Salyut 6, Salyut 7 and Mir as well as with the spaceships Soyuz and Progress, with the space system Energiya-Buran. In 1995, the R/V Kosmonavt Viktor Patsayev was transferred to the Russian Aerospace Agency and in 2001 it was moored at the Historic Fleet Embankment.   It joined the flotilla of the Museum of the World Ocean but still belonged to ROSKOSMOS.

Located on board the R/V Kosmonavt Viktor Patsayev, the permanent exhibitions are devoted to our fellow-townsmen cosmonauts. The showcases feature personal belongings, commemorative signs and awards, family photographs. As well, one can see model spaceships, get to know about life on a research vessel in the 1980-1990s, see an original Apollo-Soyuz launch key, visit a pilot house and walk along the decks.  

Today the vessel’s fortune makes us worry. After it quit ROSKOSMOS the vessel became a sort of a “suitcase without a handle”. No agency is ready to take the vessel and repair it at the dock yet. Svetlana, Viktor Patsayev’s daughter, has recently addressed a petition to the president to decide the fate of the unique vessel. The memorable date is a great way to remind about the ship and the sad reality it is experiencing. This year we plan a flashmob to show how important it is not only to save the vessel but the history of the great Space Odyssey as well.

A solemn meeting near the vessel takes place on November 24 at 10 am.

We have already addressed colleagues from museums to support the campaign. They post information on their wep-pages and videos on their social media. We would be grateful if Kaliningrad citizens and those not indifferent to the vessel to join the flashmob. You can make a short video or photographs of the R/V Kosmonavt Viktor Patsayev hashtagged #PatsayevMustLive. It is necessary to remind that there was an attempt to save another vessel, the R/V Georgi Dobrovolskii,   in the 2000s.  Alas, it failed and the vessel was gone. Today the R/V Kosmonavt Viktor Patsayev is not just the last ship left of the star flotilla but it is the only world’s vessel for space communication with a museum exhibition on aboard. It is listed in the register of the cultural heritage of Russia as a monument of culture, science and technology.

Saving the Patsayev, we save ourselves and our history.

Travelling along the Seas


Earlier this year the art collection of the Museum of the World Ocean was enlarged by works of People's Artist of the Russian Federation, Gennadii Sotskov (1925 – 2011). His widow Svetlana Sotskova handed 46 pictures over to the museum. A part of them became a core of the personal exhibition timed by the 95 th anniversary of the artist. All the canvases are united by one topic – Russia’s seas. Art works shape into a sort of a journey – a sea voyage encouraging you to enjoy the beauty of unique landscapes.

The exhibition featuring works in traditional Russian realistic landscape technique was launched at the Maritime Exhibition Centre (Svetlogorsk) on February 29. A special value of the canvases lies in the fact that being compiled together, they present a unique story about Russia’s seas: marine landscapes, shoreline panoramas, far-away frontier posts and meteorological stations. 

Gennadii Sotskov is probably the only Russian artist who managed to create so diverse “marine” pictures. And now citizens and guests of the region can see this unique collection.


Prussian Cat Week 2020


A “cat season” is coming at the Museum of the World Ocean. The Prussian Cat Week starts on February 29. For these seven days the gate will transform into the Cat Kingdom and diverse peculiar cats will be the main characters there. Plush, papier-mâché, plasticine and even burdock whiskered-stripedbuddies are going to capture every guest visiting the historical and cultural centre “The Grand Embassy”. But the most important is that you’re going to create cuties yourself. Everyone who is ready to unleash their creativity and make a purr-purr with their own hands automatically becomes a co-author of the public and most mimimimi exhibition of the museum.

Please, bring your kitties here: Koenig Gate, 112 Frunze Street. For any questions, please, call: +7 4012 58-12-72.

From February 19 to 27 we are collecting the following:

  •         one work per one author;
  •         up to 5 works per one children’s team.

Please, remember that on February 29 to March 14 guests of the Koenig Gate are going to vote for the best cats presented at the exhibition. Their authors will be awarded by sponsors of the Prussian Cat Week and the Museum of the World Ocean. 


You can support the construction of new housing


Dear friends! You can take part in construction of the new building of Museum of the World Ocean with your donation.


   mkrf smedia