The Kunstkamera is Russia’s first museum. It was created by Peter the Great, completed in 1727. The full name of the museum is the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography.
The Kunstkamera is a pretty large museum with the medical oddities room being just one part of it. Most of the museum is dedicated to anthropology and the “culture and life of the peoples of the world”.
We enjoyed checking out these rooms which had some pretty impressive items on display but they seemed outdated and in need of major updating. It would also be nice to see the museum provide more information in English.
The collection had a very interesting mix of items on display. There were human and animal skeletons, two- headed animals and even random body parts in the cabinets.
However, the bulk of the collection consisted of deformed human and animal fetuses. Some of them were conjoined twins while others were missing limbs or had deformities to the face.
Find out more about the Kunstkamera on the museum’s website HERE.
**Photos are not allowed in certain parts of the Kunstkamera including the Natural Sciences Collection. However, I could not pass up the chance to take some photos to share so I took the photos in this post with my iPhone 4S. I sometimes have a hard time following the rules but I did make sure to shut off my flash.