As with so much else in St. Petersburg, this museum can trace its origins to Peter the Great, whose curiosity seems to have been boundless. In the many decades since its founding, however, it has grown to tremendous size and scope.
With more than 30,000 zoological specimens on display, you can wander from hall to hall and see both the familiar and rare animals of the world. One of the favorite halls, however, is for the mammals: This section includes many mammoth specimens, including "Dima" the baby mammoth. Be sure to wear your most comfortable shoes; it's a big museum.
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