The Orlov Paleontological Museum Moscow is considered one of the largest natural history museums in the world. Its history goes back to the Kunstkamera founded in 1716 by Peter I, which received strange finds-fragments of skeletons of ancient animals, their teeth and bones. These collections were at one time stored in the Mineral office of the Academy of Sciences, which later became the Mineralogical Museum. In 1925, the Museum was divided into two — Mineralogical and Geological; the second and went to the collection of paleontological material. In short, the exhibits presented in the Museum were collected by many generations of paleontologists in Russia and abroad.

Now the exhibition area of the Museum is about 5 thousand square meters. Visitors are greeted by a huge ceramic panel “Tree of life” by A. Belashov. Six rooms of the Museum consistently demonstrate the history of life on Earth from the most ancient geological eras and introduce various groups of extinct organisms.

It is very difficult to see all the exhibits of the Museum in one visit, so many visitors come back here more than once. In addition, the Museum are Pleochroic for children and Paleontological workshop lectures.


Author: Nadezda Pushkina

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