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Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera)

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Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (the Kunstkamera) celebrated its 300 anniversary in 2014. One of the richest ethnographical museums in the world, it is a scholarly center of an international fame. The museum's unique...more
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Universitetskaya Emb., 3 | Entrance from Tamozhenny Lane, St. Petersburg 199034, Russia
Vasilyevsky Island
+7 812 328-14-12
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 28 April 2013

A collection started by Peter the Great to broaden knowledge of Natural phenomena. Located on the banks of the Neva on the spit of Vasilievsky Island, the museum is one of the leading research centres of the Academy of Science. Its collections are among the...More

5  Thank Tanya M
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 11 May 2012

This museum is my worst museum experience in St.Petersburg. It represents all our stereotypes of the Soviet Union : you are prohibited to take pictures, the attendants ( old ladies) are so strict, that they can easily rebuke you for talking and the atmosphere is...More

5  Thank Andy W
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

This Museum was most impressive . The building and grounds was beautiful and their was so much art and antiques to see it helped to display and understand the history and the times .Th building was ornate and vast loved it

Thank Gary F
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Worth a visit if you are in St. Petersburg and have a taste for the unusual. Staff is polite and speak English, and the cost is negligible for the interesting specimens you get to see. Careful if you're the squeamish-type: preserved deformed fetuses might not...More

Thank bbonafilia
Reviewed 21 September 2018

We came just about opening time yet we had to wait almost half an hour to get in (probably because we visited it on Sunday), however it was well invested time. The museum is quite interesting and you can learn a lot of about the...More

Thank CoventryCrusader
Reviewed 27 August 2018

We went on a Sunday. The line was long and we almost gave up. We waited about 30 minutes to get in. It was worth the wait! At 300 rubles per person, the admission price was very reasonable. We were very pleasantly surprised. We went...More

Thank my2cents88
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

It is definitely not a typical museum, but a place well worth a short visit, only if to have a look at the two-faced calf and picked deformed creatures in jars, among other oddities collected by Peter the Great and descendants. The ethnographic part of...More

Thank Roman N
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

If you have seen enough of ethnographic stuff around the world, mutant babies and organs in chloroform, then you can skip it without feeling that you’ve missed much. Some cute miniature models of houses and impressive portrait photos of Persian holy men were something I...More

Thank Elmatar
Reviewed 5 July 2018

Old-fashioned and bizarre, but charming museum, if you have a chance to get there, go. Not for the faint of heart (all those human specimens in a jar can gross you out), but clearly educational and interesting. Some of the collections date from 1600s-1700s.

Thank Elena K
Reviewed 23 June 2018

Definately worth a visit. Not your typical museum; lots of very interesting and strange things to see.

Thank TMBX
Reviewed 24 March 2018

This museum is situated across the river from Palace Square. The Gottorp Globe and Astronomical Observatory are accessible only through guided tour. There is a mobile guide available but fortunately there are numerous English explanatory texts unlike so many other museums in this city. The...More

2  Thank Allkuans
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

We got down at Admiralty stop from Hop on Hop off bus and the beauty and magic of embankment with two huge lion sculptures and people walking on frozen river Neva mesmerized us. We walked on the river and but could not cross to reach...More

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