Two-headed babies and other exhibits of Peter the Great’s Kunstkamera

The building consists of two 3-storey pavilions and a multi-tier tower. The museum collections occupied the eastern wing of the building, while the middle section housed an anatomical theater and the tower an observatory. Various institutions of the Academy of Sciences, where Mikhail Lomonosov worked, were located in the western wing.

The building consists of two 3-storey pavilions and a multi-tier tower. The museum collections occupied the eastern wing of the building, while the middle section housed an anatomical theater and the tower an observatory. Various institutions of the Academy of Sciences, where Mikhail Lomonosov worked, were located in the western wing.

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Shortly after founding St. Petersburg, Peter I set about developing it. 1714 saw the opening of the city’s first museum, known as Kunstkamera or the Cabinet of Rarities. It was also the first natural science museum in Russia.
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