Where do old kopek coins go when they die? Into the belly of arcade games.
Russia has an ongoing nostalgia for its CCCP days. Perhaps no place is this more clear than Moscow and St Petersburg's Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines. Grad students in Moscow started this collection in a university dorm basement in 2007. Today these "museums" fill stylish spaces home to several dozen arcade games from the 1970s and 1980s. And you can play the exhibits.
The games hardly compete with 21st-century technology. But that's hardly the point. You pay to get in and get a box of 15-kopek coins to use as "tokens" on games like "Sniper," "Basketball," "Magistral." It's all fun.
See our video above to see how it works out if you were ‘70s-era polyester! And watch our video on 11 REASONS TO VISIT RUSSIA.
Moscow: tel: +7 495 628-45-15, 12 Kuznetskii Most Street, open 11am to 9pm daily
St Petersburg: +7 812 740-02-40, 2 Konyushennaya Ploshchad, open 11am to 9pm daily
Check 15kop.ru for more info.