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Kunstkamera Peter The Great's Antropology and Ethnography Museum

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Address: Universitetskaya Emb., 3 | Entrance from Tamozhenny Lane, St. Petersburg 199034, Russia
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The eccentricities of Peter the Great are revealed at this museum he...

The eccentricities of Peter the Great are revealed at this museum he established in 1714 where his bizarre collection of vital organs, deformed skeletons, a two-faced calf and more are displayed in the Round Room.

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The big wooden door that doesn't look like the entry, is the entry

I recommend that you don't visit the original collection (preserved foetuses) if you're pregnant. However, I'd say this is the most interesting part of the museum. Not just... read more

Reviewed 19 January 2017
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see museum in St.Petersburg. It's really interesting and bizarre. I liked all the floors with special attention to the fetus floor. It's really incredible! We visited the museum on the 20th of April, there was no line to get in like the other comments say, we reached there and entered immediately. The russian lady at the... More 

Thank JoaoEspSanto
Nice, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

This museum was by far the biggest surprise. Of course the Hermitage is fabulous but this one is quite unique as it allowed me to learn about all the different people and cultures of Russia.

Thank WorldofMike
Ashton in Makerfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

not sure how much of this stuff is actually real - but its interesting all the same. oldest but not best museum in St Ptersburg

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Reviewed 3 March 2017

after travelling over 50 countries thats the most bizzare thing i ve ever seen in my life... its really grosse but i guess people want to see it (baby fetus)

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Belgrade, Serbia
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

What appropriate place for one shrine of anthropology, ethnography and some other branches of human kind science, here on the Universitetskaya Embankments ( Nabereznaya), just across the Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum on the Admiralties Embankments, over the Neva River ! This Kunstkamera Museum is located on the Vasilevskiy Island and was the first museum in Russia. We were rather... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

I recommend that you don't visit the original collection (preserved foetuses) if you're pregnant. However, I'd say this is the most interesting part of the museum. Not just because of the exhibits themselves (there are so many that the gruesomeness becomes repetitive and overwhelming), but I thought the information (in English) provided really interesting insight into a side of Peter... More 

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Reviewed 6 January 2017

many have highlighted the preservation of bizarre twin headed foetuses - but this represents only a small collection. The main galleries comprise world history with galleries on alaskan life and imperial russian life, and also indonesian, chinese, japanese etc that's is only too familiar to asian visitors and hence nothing spectacular.

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Lviv, Ukraine
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Reviewed 14 December 2016

Very interesting exhibition, but honestly the most exciting thing here is definitely the Kunstkamera itself. You won't believe what mother nature could do with us.

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Reviewed 22 November 2016

The Kunstkamera is the first museum in Russia and It is located on the Universitetskaya Embankment in Saint Petersburg, facing the Winter Palace. It is the museum collected the world's four continents of anthropology, ethnology. The Russians liked it too, and their favorite was Peter the Great's anthropological collection. Peter the Great seemed to have great interest in the human... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

... it's an ok museum and it has a special history. If you find dissected body parts and macabre baby bodies in containers interesting, well, then it is a must see. Most of the museum shows clothing and artefacts of people from all over the world, and the section with macabre bodies is fairly small.

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