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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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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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Macau, China
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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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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