After watching the Battleship Potemkin film in class we took a trip to the Political History Museum. The Political History Museum is housed in a beautiful mansion that was built for Mathilda Kshesinskaya, an incredible ballerina at the Mariinsky and Nicholas II’s mistress before he became Tsar. The mansion was later seized by the Bolsheviks and it became the center for revolutionary activities. We were able to go into Lenin’s office and see the balcony that he delivered a famous speech on during the revolution. The museum houses many artifacts from the Revolution and there are many papers, documents and letters from politicians, scientists and military leaders. We were then off to the Cruiser Aurora, a historical ship that was active during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05. This battleship was attacked during the Tsusima battle when most of the Russian Pacific Fleet was destroyed.