Thursday, June 25, 2015


Russia - Kunstkamera Museum, St. Petersburg

Sent by: Jane
From: Kaluga, Russia
For: Museums and Galleries Round Robin - Group 111
Notes: The green building on the left is the Kunstkamera, which houses the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography.  It was established by Peter the Great in 1727, making it the first museum in Russia.  It has a collection of almost 2,000,000 items, including a large collection of human and animal fetusus with anatomical deformities.  Peter was interested in the research of these deformities as he wanted to debunk the superstitious fear of monsters.  He even issued a proclamation ordering malformed still-born infants to be sent to the museum for study.

Also showing in this photo are one of St. Petersburg's Rostral Columns, and on the right, the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral.

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