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The Zoological Museum of the Russian Academy of Science

The Zoological Museum of the Russian Academy of Science in St. Petersburg is the largest Zoological museum in the whole of Russia. It did not start as a museum, but more as big zoological collection of magnificent items. By 1832, it was recognized as an independent museum and was founded on the diversity of the collections in its possession. After amalgamating with the Russian Academy of Sciences in St Petersburg, the museum became known as the Zoological Museum of the Russian Academy of Science.

Specimens collected over the years have given the museum a staggering collection of artifacts and research materials in regard to anthropology, botany, zoology and geology. With more than forty thousand animals and fifteen million specimens collected for research, the museum works closely with the research division, as the museum is able to share valuable information with researchers and scientists.

Even though this massive collection started more than two hundred and fifty years ago, visitors were only allowed to catch their first glimpses of this magnificent museum from 1901. Today, visitor traffic throughout the year averages between six hundred and seven hundred thousand. To ensure that the museum remains fascinating and intriguing, the curators organize that exhibits often change. Tours, workshops and educational exhibitions are held numerous times through the year to ensure that the attractions at the museum remain fresh and appealing to the public, scholars and students.

Visitors can look forward to attractions such as the fascination collection of birds and extinct species found here. A prized exhibition and popular amongst visitors, is the Berezov mammoth skeleton that was excavated in 1799. In 1979, a small mammoth skeleton was found in the area of Magadan, which was in magnificent condition and has remained preserved in the walls of the museum. Visitors will also catch a skeletal glimpse of what the Southern Elephant looked like and discover interesting animals such as the Komodo Dragon (also referred to as the giant dragon from Comodo Island), a snow panther and even discover animals that live in underwater volcanoes.

From fish to reptiles, and from plants to amphibians, the Zoological Museum of the Russian Academy of Science is a valuable window into the past, present and future. Allowing visitors to discover new worlds, be introduced to unknown animals and learn from history’s mistakes to avoid losing more precious species, the museum is the pride of St. Petersburg. Thousands of locals and visitors lose themselves in this treasure chest of exploration each year, why not join them?


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