May 23, 1897 - First-rate cruiser Aurora was laid at the New Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg.
May 11, 1900 - launched.
July 16, 1903 - commissioned for the Baltic Fleet.
1905 - participated in the Battle of Tsushima.
1906-1914 - set off for long-distance foreign campaigns as a training ship.
1914-1916 - took part in military operations in the Baltic Sea during the First World War.
1916-1918 - underwent overhaul at the Franco-Russian plant in Petrograd.
October 25-26 (November 7-8 - new style), 1917 - the cruiser seamen took part in the October armed uprising in Petrograd.
1918-1923 - was in the reserve.
1923-1941 - combat training ship, a smithy of staff for the Navy.
November 2, 1927 - the cruiser Aurora was awarded the Order of the Red Banner by Decree of USSR Central Executive Committee.
1944-1948 - the ship underwent renovation and re-equipment as a training base of Leningrad Nakhimov Naval School.
November 17, 1948 - the cruiser Aurora was placed for eternal moorage at Petrogradskaya embankment in Leningrad as a monument to active participation of the Baltic Fleet seamen in the overthrow of the Provisional Government.
Up to 1956, she ship was used as a training base of Leningrad Nakhimov Naval School.
In 1956, a ship museum was opened on the cruiser Aurora as a branch of the Central Naval Museum.
The cruiser Aurora was placed under state protection as a monument of history and revolution by the resolution No. 1327 of RSFSR Council of Ministers as of August 30, 1960.
In 1961, the cruiser Aurora was transferred to Leningrad naval base due to reorganization of Nakhimov Naval School.
The cruiser Aurora was awarded the Order of October Revolution by decree of the Presidium of USSR Supreme Council as of February 22, 1968.
August 18, 1984 - transferred for repairs to Leningrad Shipyard named after A.A. Zhdanov.
August 16, 1987 - took its place of eternal moorage at Petrogradskaya embankment again.
December 1, 2010 - was assigned to Central Naval Museum as a historical monument.
May 2013 - recommissioned for the Navy.
June 4, 2013 - Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation approved a technical assignment for the overhaul of the cruiser Aurora. The objective is renovation of the technical condition of cruiser Aurora for its use as a museum ship.
September 21, 2014 - transferred to Kronstadt Shipyard for overhaul.
July 16, 2016 – returned to its place of eternal moorage at Petrogradskaya embankment.