The Military and Historical Museum named after Colonel A.L. Bondarev

Republic of Karelia

Contact information

Republic of Karelia, Sortavala, Priozernaya ul.

Tel.: +7 (921) 740-97-59, +7 (921) 620-19-24


Operating hours

Mon – Sat: from 11:00 to 19:00

Sun: from 12:00 to 18:00

Ticket price

Seven days a week from 11:00 to 19:00, ticket office works until 18:00

The museum founder

Alexander Valentinovich Testov

The museum director

Sergey Vladimirovich Gurin



About museum

Since 2012, our team has successfully implemented projects of the living history museums. From 2012 to 2016, 3 museums appeared in the Leningrad region. But we wanted to realize the dream to gather museums of different eras in one place, with developed infrastructure, the ability to conduct educational and enlightenment activities, patriotic education, and in the end, a simple opportunity to have a good time with the family. The Bastion historical park appeared, which is the base for the 2 museums of living history at the moment:

Black Bear Fortress Viking Age Museum, and the Military History Museum named after Colonel Bondarev.

The museum presents a collection of the Red and Finnish armies’ uniforms and weapons. There is an extensive exposition of military medicine, as well as a collection of military miniatures. There are rare things and finds from the search expeditions from the 1939 war and the Great Patriotic War. There is an exposition on the 1941- 1944 years. Further development of the project is planned: The Winter War of 1939–1940, the Soviet-Finnish War of 1918–1922, and the Russian-Swedish Wars from the 10th to the 18th century. The goal is to cover the military history of the northern Ladoga and the patriotic education of the youth.

The museum is the part of the Bastion Historical Park.