Moscow and St. Petersburg are the two of the top tourist destinations of Russia tour. These two cities, or at least one of them, are often included in the tour to Russia. One of the main reasons behind that matter is the number of attractions these two cities have to offer their visitors. You can find several interesting places in each city to visit, including museums, religious sites, parks and beautiful gardens, cultural centers, and recreational centers. Both of these cities also offer various fun activities to their visitors, such as cruises on the river, exploring historical sites, and visiting modern interactive museums. Each one of these cities has multiple modern shopping centers as well. That’s why it’s entirely reasonable for tourists to visit at least one of these cities during their travel to Russia. Although the number of significant attractions in St. Petersburg is hugely higher than that in Moscow, the latter has received a lot of attention by being the capital city of the country. However, there are several attractions in common in these two cities as well, such as one of the exciting field of the museum, the zoological museum. Both Moscow and St. Petersburg have Zoological Museum, and each one of them is an excellent place for tourists to visit with their family on their tour to Russia. Zoological Museum of St. Petersburg is the largest one in Russia. At the same time, the Zoological Museum in Moscow is the second-largest Zoological museum in Russia and the twelve-largest one in the world. However, the Zoological Museum in Moscow is the oldest in Moscow. The zoological museum is one of the fascinating museums in the world. You can learn a lot of things about animals as well as have fun during your visit, especially if you have children, then it’s an excellent place to bring them during your trip. One of the greatest things about zoological museums is that every visitor has the opportunity to learn something new, for example, tourists and ordinary visitors would learn about the diversity of animals in the world. In contrast, professional zoologists would have access to the wealthiest studies and researches about the animals on our planet. Much like most of the Moscow’s attractive places, the Zoological Museum of Moscow University of Lomonosov locates near the center of the city, on Bolshaya Nikitskaya street, which tourists can visit it without any major problem during their tour to Moscow. Although the Zoological Museum of Moscow University of Lomonosov isn’t included in the Moscow tour program very often, you can still visit it on your own during your travel to Russia, mainly since it locates near the tourist center of the city.
The first museum was established in 1791 as the museum of Natural History. Throughout the years, its collection got more extensive and more diverse. The first exhibition of the museum collection was displayed for the public in 1866 as the Museum of Zoology, and the current building of the museum was erected in 1902. After the revolution, the museum became part of Moscow University for a brief time in the 1930s. However, after a year, it became independent but returned to Moscow University at the end of the 1930s. Today, the museum has a rare and unique collection of animals on display on two floors and separated into three main halls, the lower hall, the upper hall, and the hall of comparative anatomy.
The Lower Hall on the first floor is where you can find everything except mammals and birds. The exhibits in this section of the museum are so high that if you want to study each presentation in time, you’ll need to set aside several days of your trip to Moscow. However, since your time on the tour to Russia is limited, it’s better to briefly sightseeing each part of the museum if you decide to visit this museum. Here on the lower hall, you’ll find various sections, including a section about invertebrate animals, including several unique exhibits, such as crayfish, flatworms, crab, and deep-sea foraminifera, since there are over 900 exhibits on this section. Next, you’ll find the insect exposure, in which you’ll see a numerous and diverse collection of arthropods. Although it’s small in a matter of the size of the section it occupies, it’s one of the sections in the museum that you should pay a little bit extra attention to it. You’ll also see a section about fish and aquatic vertebrates; a giant manta ray hanging from the ceiling would be a great sign to find this section inside the museum. A small part of the lower hall is dedicated to amphibians, where you can find a diverse collection of legless amphibians, such as worms, tailed amphibians, such as salamanders, and tailless amphibians, such as toads and frogs. After all of these sections in the lower hall of the museum, you should expect a part dedicated to the reptiles as well, which completes the lower hall of the museum that represents all the animals except birds and mammals. As you can see, the lower hall of the Zoological Museum of Moscow University of Lomonosov alone has a lot to offer to its visitors that would tempt tourists to visit it during their Moscow tour.
The upper hall has been separated into two main sections, Hall of Comparative Anatomy and a hall dedicated to mammals and birds. The latter contains a rare and unique collection of stuff animals, which have been made by some of the prominent Russian taxidermists from the end of the 19th century and went on through the 20th century. The Aves section, which is all about birds, is where you can find various stuffed birds, such as penguin, pelican, flamingo, cuckoo, owl, and other kinds of birds. This section will be the highlight of your trip to Moscow if you or your children are interested in birds. The other part of this section is entirely dedicated to mammals, in which you can find various kinds of mammals, including single-pass mammals, possums, bats, rodents, sirens, damans, and many others. If you like to see taxidermy animals on your tour to Russia, you should visit this section during your visit.
The second section of the upper hall is dedicated to the comparative anatomy hall, which is also famous as the Bone Hall. This section is one of the largest and most complete anatomical collections that you can see on your tour to Russia. It’s also great to observe the evolution of animals. This section is mostly made by the skeletons of animals, but you can still find alcohol preparations illustrating the structure of internal organs, as well as drawings, diagrams, and tables.
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