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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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For anybody not only interested in other cultures but in how those cultures were seen in the past. The museum is essentially based on the personal collection of Czar Peter the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 September 2016
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Macau, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

For anybody not only interested in other cultures but in how those cultures were seen in the past. The museum is essentially based on the personal collection of Czar Peter the Great, and therefore provides an interesting insight into what a western monarch found interesting. One area though that I will admit creeped me out was the medical area. Peter... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Ought to be rather interested in ethnography or human deformities to enjoy it. Sensitive people should definitely avoid visiting the second floor especially after having a meal...

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

We did not have to stand in line at all. The museum is old-fashioned and interesting, both scientifically, historically and architecturally. We skipped some parts, lingering on others. The most unique part is the second floor with the biological abnormalities. Seeing science the way it was viewed hundreds of years ago is also fascinating. If it is not too much... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

This place is horrible. There is no way to buy tickets online to skip the line, there is no sign anywhere that if you buy individual excursion for 4+ you would skip the line. That line has more than 60 minutes in it, under sun with little shade available. Museum is closed on the last monday of the month for... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Very interesting if you are studying Peter the great interests in primitive civilisations or if you like watching hydrocephalus and other siamese human foetuses in jars. Avoid to bring too sensitive kids.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

The first museum I visited in St Petersburg and that was not by chance: this is the first museum built in the City by Peter the Great in late XVIII century. He wanted science to overcome bias and ignorance dominating the COuntry during that period. So this could be named the first illuministic museum in Russia. Remarkable the fetus collection... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

If you want to see the skeleton of a two-headed baby, a two-headed calf, or teeth extracted by Peter the Great, this is the museum for you. We were attracted to the KunstKamera by the idea of seeing an early natural history museum that was as much a collection of oddities as anything else. It does have the items listed... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Museum needs at least 2 extra ticket office. As long as there is line 100meters long every god damn day except Monday. On Mondays it is closed. My girlfriend and i went down there on Saturday and found out that there was a line around the whole building long to the intersection. It's like 60-80 meters long. We decided to... More 

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