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Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography

As the name suggests, this museum was founded by Czar Peter I nearly 300 years ago, when he was engaged in building his new imperial capital. It was a favorite project of his; the Czar established the museum in the center of the city and visited it often. He also, unusually, opened it to the public.

The museum has one of the greatest collections of ethnographic objects and boasts some of the most interesting and educational exhibitions. In addition to the permanent galleries, which cover humans from all over the world, the museum usually has at least two special exhibitions at any given time. Be sure to take the time to visit the Great Gottorp Globe, dating to 1664, on the fifth floor.

Utrip Tips

*The museum is close the last Tuesday of the month, and admission is free on the third Friday of the month.

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