Zoological Museum of Moscow University

The Zoological Museum of Moscow University is the second largest zoological museum in Russia and one of the twelve largest in the world

Front of the Zoological Museum building
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The Museum was established in 1791 as a museum of Natural History.

A catalogue of its collections was prepared by Johann Fischer von Waldheim in 1806—1807 following his appointment as Director of the museum.

Zoological Museum building, view from Bol. Nikitskaya Str.
pinterest button Zoological Museum building, view from Bol. Nikitskaya Str. Margarita Fedina, Copyright

The zoological collections were managed by the Imperial Society of Naturalists of Moscow and separately housed in the 1820s, and a second catalogue was published in 1822.

The Lower Hall of the Museum, where various invertebrate and lower vertebrate animals are exhibited
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Complete autonomy came in 1861 with the establishment of the Museum of Zoology.

In 1866 an exhibition area was opened open for the public. The present building was erected in 1898—1902.

The Evolutionary Anatomy Hall of the Museum
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A Biological Department of Moscow University was established in 1930 and the Museum became a part of the University for a year, became independent again and then returned to the University in the end of the 1930s.

In 1991 it became a research institution.

All prehistoric fossils were transferred from the university museum to the newly established Moscow Paleontological Museum in 1987.

Collections

Invertebrate collections

Insect collections

Fish collections

Amphibians & Reptiles collections

Bird collectionsMammal collections

Evolutionary Morphology collections

Collection of books

Fine Art collection

Photo collection

Exhibit collection

Auxiliary collections

Useful Information

Zoological Museum of Moscow UniversityЗоологический музей Московского государственного университета

Admission

Adults: ₽200
Children 7-18 years, students, seniors: ₽50

Opening hours

  • Mon-Sat: 10.00-17.00
  • Closed: Sun and the last Tuesday of each month

Contacts

125009 Moscow, Bolshaya Nikitskaya Str. 6
125009, Москва, ул. Большая Никитская, 6

☎ +7(495) 629-39-48 +7 (495) 629-44-35 (information)
zmmu.msu.ru