The museum of Anthropology and Ethnography is one of the oldest ethnographical museums of the world. Opened in 1714 by the order of Peter I, it became the first public museum of Russia. First it was located in the Summer garden, and later - moved to Kikins’ Chambers. In 1727 a new building was built on Vasilievsky Island to house the museum, the collection of which was donated by Peter the Great.
A great range of rare anatomic items from the collection of Dutch anatomist Frederic Ruish, purchased by Peter the Great, the so called “monsters and freaks” collection gathered in Russia as well as the samples of wild life preserved in alcohol.
Big Gottorp Globe, or Planetarium, on the outer surface of which continents and oceans are depicted, has got the star map inside. This Globe was made in Germany in 1664 and given to Peter I as a present in 1717.
The Lomonosov Museum was founded in 1947 and its exposition is devoted to the first period of the Academy of Science and Mikhail Lomonosov (1711-1765), one of the greatest personalities of the so called “Age of Enlightenment”.
Daily 11:00 - 16:30. Closed: Mondays and last Tuesday of each month.