Vulkanarium, Museum of Volcanoes in Kamchatka

Kamchatka is one of the most seismically active places of our planet. The tenth part of all the volcanoes in the Earth explode on this relatively small peninsula. Only in the XX century, from 2-3 to 8 of 30 active Kamchatka volcanoes exploded simultaneously every year. For instance, just at the moment, the Shiveluch, Klyuchevsky, Bezumianny, and Karumsky volcanoes are ready to explode.

One of the questions most often asked by Vulcanarium visitors is forecasting of volcano eruptions. Experts from over the world including the employers of the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of RSA FED, use our peninsula as a test site for volcanic processes research. With using various methods, the volcanologists make long-term and short-term eruption forecasts. From 1956 to 2015, they managed to predict large eruptions of such volcanoes as Bezumianny, Shiveluch, Plosky, Tolbachik, Karumsky, Kizimen, Gorely, Muntovsky and Abeko.

It is evident that the guests and residents of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky are most of all worried about the behavior of the volcanoes which surround the city: Avacha, Koriak, Zhulanovsky, Gorely, and Muntovsky. Also, Plosky Tolbachik is of continuous concern since it produces scenery eruptions with a great amount of throwing stuff, as well as the gigantic Kluchevsky. Unfortunately, the volcanologists can’t make a perfect forecast “by the clock”.

The point is that a volcano is an aerial part of a gigantic and complex system of magma pockets and channels which is hidden at a depth of several kilometers in the ground. Despite significant achievements made in monitoring and forecasting, numerous “misses” and “false alarms” take place alongside with correct forecasts. In some cases, they predict the eruption exactly down to the day, in other cases, it is a complete surprise.

Volcanoes are like people, they have their tempers. Some of them are predictable and follow certain rhythms, other ones are impulsive and can start exploding at any moment. Before having a sport, leisure or tourist walk near the sleeping giants, please study the current information about the state of volcanoes on the sites of the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of RSA FED and Kamchatsky Branch of RSA Unified Geophysical Service. There you can see the processes occur in the volcanoes with your own eyes, web cameras, or special devices which evaluate the seismic activity.

Take care of yourself and don’t forget that beautiful stiff volcanic stuff hides a tremendous power which created them and is still ready to change them beyond recognition within days and even minutes. And, of course, you can go to the Vulcanarium, where we are ready to answer the questions about volcanoes arisen both in a five -year boy and an experienced tourist.

S.B. Samoilenko
Founder of the Vulcanaruim Museum



An interactive multimedia educational museum, which tells you about the volcanoes in Kamchatka and in the world, is very impressive with its visual range and information content.
The exhibition includes, in addition to rock samples and rich photo-video material, unique working physical models of lava flows, providing the unusual atmosphere of the natural wonders of Kamchatka, gives a modern scientific idea of the phenomena occurring in our unique region.

The tour starts every hour by appointment.
Cost:
Adults - 800 rubles.
Children (5-16 years) - 500 rubles.
Social - 650 rubles.
Family ticket - 2 adults + 2 children - 2200 rubles.
Excursion in a foreign language - 1700 rubles.

Address: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Klyuchevskaya Street, 34
Phone: +7 (963) 832-02-02
Whatsapp: +7 (963) 832-02-02
E-mail: vulkanarium@mail.ru
Website: http://vulcanarium.com
Instagram: @vulcanarium_kamchatka