St Petersburg University exhibitions and museum collections

From the date of its foundation in 1724 St Petersburg University has been gathering, preserving and creating cultural, scientific and historical objects. Part of the University’s heritage is on display in the University museums and in online exhibitions. 

The history of the University is inseparably connected with the history of Russia and the history of science. Many outstanding scientists and cultural figures studied, worked and lived here; many great discoveries and inventions were made here. A lot of events that changed the course of history happened at the University. 

Several buildings of the University are cultural heritage monuments and are of special interest. The University museum collections have more than 3 million objects in storage and are widely used in research and education. By number, and chronological and topical ranges the collection can be compared with the collections of the largest federal museums of Russia.

Since 2017, museums have been one of the activities of the University. This is due to changes in the Charter that were approved by Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No 1402 dated 22 November 2017. The museum collection of the University comprises the Exhibits and Collections Management as departments; whereas educational and research collections function either within educational and research divisions of the University or as independent departments.

Since 2021, the University has been a member of the Union of Russian museums.

St Petersburg University History Museum was founded in 1945. It became the first museum of the history of the institution of higher education in Russia. Its collection gives information about the main periods of the life of the University in the 18th to 19th centuries, and about outstanding graduates, including great scientists and politicians. 

Dmitri Mendeleev Museum and Archives

The Museum was opened in 1911. It is located in the former University-owned apartment in the University’s Twelve Collegia building where Professor Mendeleev and his family lived from 1866 to 1890. It is the world largest collection of items, connected with the life…

Vladimir Nabokov Museum is located in the house where the writer was born and raised. Among the exhibits are household items and personal belongings of Nabokov…

The Museum was established in 2008. The collection comprises more than 300 pieces of contemporary art: paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs. The core of the collection are…

The exhibition shows the history of the great discoveries in the field of physics, which are connected with St Petersburg University and the V.A. Fock Institute of Physics…

The Mineralogical Museum was founded in 1785. Over the years it has become one of the best natural science museums in Russia. Today, the collections of the Museum comprise…

The collection is dedicated to identifying the relative geological age of the formation of rocks. It dates back to 1868 when the University bought a unique collection of...

The Museum is dedicated to the geology of rocks. The first collection assembled by Professor Aleksandr

Inostrantsev, consisted of 550 samples. Today, the collections of the Museum comprise…

The collection 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. 

St Petersburg University Herbarium is one of the oldest and largest herbarium collections in Russia. It comprises approximately 1,400,000 items. It is recognised internationally, and it is included into all catalogues and bulletins of herbariums…

The Botanical Garden consists of three greenhouses and an outdoor area with a total area of 1,75 hectares. The main target of the University Botanical Garden is to provide a training platform for…