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Monday-Tuesday 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. (only for organized groups)

Wednesday – Sunday 10.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.

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The underground reservoir for storing clean water, where the multimedia exhibition “The Universe of Water” opened in 2008 is situated, was built in the second half of 80-ies of the XIX century.

Its creation was related to the construction of the first water filters at St. Petersburg water networks.

The water treatment process was as follows. Water went gradually through the slow English filters with sand filling and then was fed into the accumulating tank via the special drainage system. The filtration station operators moved on the reservoir by boats.

The characteristic of the former reservoir building (where the exhibition “The Universe of Water” is located now) is a big number of columns supporting a not high arched ceiling. It means that the complex task for the designers was to provide a reliable and hermetic roof for a flat building of big area. The columns supporting concrete ceiling were installed on the foundation made of rubble stone. The granite columns were made in Finland. It was decided to make them of granite instead of brick as it was necessary to save internal space as much as possible.

Due to this structural particularities of the building, the exhibition “The Universe of water” makes an impression of a specific maze where each corner opens a new water mystery for a visitor.

Today, knowledge about water is stored where water itself was formerly stored

View of the Universe of Water hall