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Zoological Museum, Russia

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Moscow's Museum of Zoology is connected to the city's main university and hosts a multitude of exhibitions pertaining to the world of animals and their development and extinction throughout evolutionary history. The museum is based on the original collection of the Imperial University, which was founded in 1791 to further Russian research and knowledge in all spheres of biology, chemistry, physics, zoology and natural history. Much of the university's zoological collection was destroyed in the great Moscow fire of 1812, but the university's dedicated scientists and academics gradually built up the museum's collection, which by 1822 included over 1,000 exhibits. The museum was finally opened to the public in 1866 and has been drawing crowds of curious visitors ever since.

Today the museum has one of the largest zoological collections in the world and comprises numerous halls featuring preserved examples of over 10,000 species of animals, birds, fish and insects. The museum houses a fascinating collection of over three million insects and butterflies, an extensive series of exotic birds from all over the world (dating back to the start of the previous century) and numerous examples of rare and endangered species, including two perfectly preserved large Chinese pandas. Visitors can marvel at enormous stuffed bison and bears and the gigantic skeleton of a mammoth, found in Alaska. The museum is organized into clearly labeled sections, with birds and amphibians in the halls of the upper floor, and mammals, reptiles and insects on the lower floor. Further exhibitions feature dioramas of the evolutionary development of various species and plenty of interactive displays for children. The museum organizes regular lectures and themed excursions for private parties and school children. More info on: www.moscow-taxi.com

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