Petrography Museum

The Museum is dedicated to the geology of rocks. The first collection assembled by Professor Aleksandr Inostrantsev, consisted of 550 samples.

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.

Petrography collections of the University began to take shape in the 1870s on the initiative and with an active participation of the first professor of the University Aleksandr Inostrantsev.

The Petrography Museum of St Petersburg University stores collections of rock sections of Nikolay Przhevalsky’s friends, colleagues and students: Grigory Potanin, Mikhail Pevtsov, Innokentii Lopatin and others. Many academicians contributed to the collection of the Museum:

  • Franz Loewinson-Lessing and Aleksandr Polkanov
  • Corresponding Member of the Academy of Sciences, Nikolai Eliseev
  • Professors Vladimir Timofeev, Galina Saranchina, Nikolai Shinkarev, Nikolai Kotov, Sergei Grigorev
  • Associate Professor Valerii Ivannikov

Topics of excursions:

  • Collections of Petrography Museum
  • Main types of magmatic and metamorphic rocks
  • Intrusive rocks and mineral resources
  • Modern volcanism and palaeovolcanism in the Museum collections
  • Crust and mantle of the Earth in the Museum collection
  • Geodynamic situation of forming complexes of rocks
  • Stone aliens from Space are changing the Earth (meteorites and impactites)
  • Rocks as a material for facing and decoration.


Head of the Department of Natural Science Collections

Vadim Glinskiy

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