The science museums are quite influential in the culture and education of the young minds, that’s why the tour agencies always recommend science museums to the tourists who have traveled with children. Russia has loads of museums, especially in St. Petersburg, which is one of the main tourist destinations of Russia tour. You can find loads of different kinds of museums in St. Petersburg, such as art and cultural museums, including the second-largest art museums in the world, the Hermitage Museum, which is one of the major Russia attractive places in St. Petersburg; the Hermitage is one of the first attractions of St. Petersburg that you will visit on your travel to Russia; there is also biographical museums, such as Dostoyevsky Memorial Museum and Anna Akhmatova Literary and Memorial Museum in which you’ll learn about these brilliant poets and their personal life and career; the political museums will help you understand the political decisions of the Soviet Government; you can also visit war and military museums as part of your tour to Russia program, in which you can learn about Russian military and navy advancement and history of battles that Russia has participated, including the second world war.
There are more activities that you can try in Russia besides visiting museums and historical places, but museums are the top places in Russia tours, especially in St. Petersburg, in which there are hundreds of them. Though most of your time during the St. Petersburg tour will be spent in major attractions, such as Peterhof and Pushkin, which are the two top suburb attractions of St. Petersburg; or around the Nevsky Prospect and its attractions, such as the Kazan Cathedral and the Singer House; there are also several less-known museums in St. Petersburg that you can visit on your tour to Russia if you want, but since there are loads of them, you need to choose which ones are more valuable for you to visit on your Russia tour.
One of the oldest museums of St. Petersburg that despite its history, hasn’t been included in most of the St. Petersburg’s Russia tour programs, is the Zoological Museum on Vasilievsky Island in the Strelka district. The Strelka district is famous as the Museum Town amongst locals because of the number of museums in that district. We at the Star Travel Company have gathered lots of useful information about the attractions on this island and Russia in general. One of our goals in this company is to provide the best tours for our travelers, so they can visit all the major attractions in St. Petersburg, and also have the opportunity to visit some of the less-known attractions of St. Petersburg on their tour to Russia. That’s why our weblog is full of articles about places that you can visit on your travel to Russia, including the small museums, such as the State Museum of Theatre and Music that has several branches all over the city. The Zoological Museum is somehow one of those less famous museums in St. Petersburg, even though it was part of Kunstkamera, which is the oldest museum in St. Petersburg.
Kunstkamera was the first museum of St. Petersburg, which Peter the Great himself had established. Its collections included several examples, including botany, anthropology, geology, and zoology. It was in 1832 that the zoology collection was split from the central collection in Kunstkamera and became an individual museum, but it wasn’t moved to a personal place until 1896 when it had moved to the southern warehouse of the Old Saint Petersburg Stock Exchange.
It was during the Soviet era that the zoological institute was established inside the Academy of Sciences, which included the Zoological Museum. During the Second World War, the museum hadn’t received any serious damages, but the building did take some scratches due to the Nazi’s bombardment.
The Zoological Museum has an impressive collection of 17 million species, though, only 500 thousand species from that 17 million can be displayed inside the museum. There are multiple exciting things inside the zoological museum both for children and adults, including whale, dinosaur, and mammoths skeletons, unique insects and reptiles, stuffed animals, and many other things that anyone would enjoy unless they have zoophobia.
Among the impressive things inside the museum we can point out to the gigantic 27-meter-long blue whale skeleton in the front hall of the museum, this colossal skeleton is the first thing that catches your eye in the Zoological Museum.
There is also a bizarre collection of mammals inside the Zoological Museum, which inside this collection, you can find multiple woolly mammoths. The woolly mammoth is an extinct species that lived in the area until the early Holocene era, which is about 11 thousand years ago.
Besides those fascinating things, there are also multiple collections of entomological, reptiles, fishes, birds, amphibians, and invertebrates. You can find them mounted or preserved in formalin, or their shells and skeletons.
We at the Star Travel Group suggest every tourist who has decided to visit St. Petersburg on their tour to Russia, visit this museum with your children or alone because it has loads of fun things to entertain you and your family. Since the Zoological Museum has a powerful connection with the zoological institute, each part of the museum can turn to an educational session if you want. Though the museum exhibits are old-fashioned, which means that you can’t find many multimedia platforms and interactive displays inside the museums, the contents are enough for anyone to enjoy a visit to this museum during their Russia tour.
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