Palaeontological and Stratigraphic Museum

The collection is dedicated to identifying the relative geological age of the formation of rocks. It began to take shape in the end of the 19th century. Today, there are more than 400,000 items. In the monographic collection there are samples of key section of the Palaeozoic from different regions of Russia.

Dear visitors! Please pay attention to our special visiting regulations due to the epidemiological situation.

A limited number of people – not more than 10 people with the distance of 1,5 – 2 metres (1 person per 20 square metres). Visitors must wear protective gloves and mask. Protective equipment can be provided at the entrance of the Museum. Also, guests will have their temperatures taken with contactless thermometer. Sanitary treatment of toilets and common areas is carried out regularly with the use of disinfectors, as well as additional disinfection of door knobs, railings and other contact surfaces. The sanitary zone has antiseptic devices and instructions on proper hand washing. Regular ventilation of premises is carried out. We apologise for the temporary inconveniences.

The Palaeontology Museum was founded in 1919 by Professor Mikhail Yanishevsky at the same time as the Department of Palaeontology. The permanent exhibition focuses on animal evolution: from the most ancient life forms, which are several billion years old, to humans.

The collections of the Museum comprise over 25,000 items (118 collections) – 2,377 plant and animal fossils are on display. The Palaeontology Museum is a training platform of the Department of Sedimentary Geology at St Petersburg University.


Head of the Department of Natural Science Collections

Vadim Glinskiy

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