Anthropology and Ethnography museum named after Peter the Great, better known as the Kunstkamera (Cabinet of Curiosities), is the oldest museum in St. Petersburg. The museum was founded by Peter the Great, and is one of the most famous museums in the city now. The museum building is located in the city center and it is an architectural monument of the 18th century.
The first exhibits for the new museum were acquired by Peter the Great the late 17th century, during his trip to Holland and England. The museum was named Kunstkamer (from the German word Kunstkammer - cabinet of curiosities, museum). In the early 18th century on the Vasiljevsky island began construction of a building for the museum. Construction of the building was not completed during the life of Peter the Grate. The museum's exhibits were moved to this building in 1726. In the Kunstkammer building in XVIII - XIX centuries also was located founded by Peter the Great St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences.
Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography of Peter the Great collection has over one million exhibits. The museum's collections reflect the culture of many world nations, living on different continents. Here you can learn about the culture and history of the peoples of Africa, America, India, China and Australia. Here is located also a Russian Lomonosov scientist museum.
Mode of operation (2014): the museum is open from 11:00 to 18:00; ticket office closes at 17:00. Museum is closed on Mondays and last Tuesday of every month.
- The museum location you can see on the Saint Petersburg tourist map.
- Address: St. Petersburg, “Universitetskaya” embankment, 3.
- The nearest metro station: Vasilyeostrovskaya.