Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (the Kunstkamera) is celebrating its 295th anniversary this year. One of the richest ethnographical museums in the world, it is also a scholarly center of an international fame. The museum’s unique collections, acquired through the efforts of thousands of persons, participants of the great academic expeditions, circumnavigations of the Russian fleet, and numerous donators, are rightfully admired both in this country and abroad. Indeed they were assembled by the entire Russia and today the nation is proud of this museum.

The museum was found by Peter the Great. The Kunstkamera was his favorite creation, an important element of the ambitious academic project which had to change Russia (as it actually did). The museum has occupied a special place in the structure of the Academy of Sciences throughout its history. The outline of its building is the Academy’s logo. Many outstanding scientists have worked at the Kunstkamera and several Russia’s leading research schools originated here. The museum is one of the leading research centers of the Academy of Sciences. Its highly professional staff does its best to preserve and enrich the scholarly traditions of the Russian cultural, social and biological schools.

However the most famous thing in Kunstkamera is a collection of malformed babies. They were collected by Peter the Great and preserved in a special liquid. It’s a must see thing for everyone who is interested in anatomy and life in general. A bit disgusting but so attractive!


Location: Universitetskaya Embankment, (University Embankment), 3

Entrance for the visitors from the Tamozhenny sidestreet

Coordinates: N59.941669 E30.304751

How to get to:

ADMIRALTEYSKAYA, buses: 7, 24, 191; trolleybuses: 1, 7, 10, 11

NEVSKY PROSPECT / GOSTINNY DVOR, buses: 7, 24, 191; trolleybuses: 1, 7, 10, 11


SPORTIVNAYA,  buses: 191, 10; trolleybus 1

Working hours: daily,11:00 – 18:00,

City Tour Pass ticket office works till  17:00

Day-off: Monday