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…

Mineralogical Museum

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 Museum stores the minerals which were used by Dmitri Mendeleev and later researchers to produce new chemical elements.

The collection of diamonds and associate minerals is from Kimberley, South Africa, and had been acquired by Ernst Hofmann in the 19th century. It enabled scientists to develop in the Department of Mineralogy of Leningrad University a method of spotting diamonds by associate minerals. Thanks to this method, the first primary diamond deposit in the USSR was discovered.

The Museum comprises over 30,000 samples (870 types of minerals). They are included into the following collections: the systematic collection (by type of mineral); memorial collections (Dmitri Mendeleev, Ernst Hofmann, Archbishop Nilus and others); the collection of meteorites; the collection of photos and illustrations; the collection of manuscripts and field research materials; and the collection of reference and supplementary literature.


Head of the Department of Natural Science Collection

Vadim Glinskiy


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7/9 Universitetskaya Embankment

Opening hours

From 18 to 31 January 2021 Mineralogical Museum is temporarily closed for visitors.

The last Thursday of each month is a cleaning day.

Telephones for booking excursions

+7 (931) 007–79–01

+7 (921) 908–06–27

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The reception of visitors is organised by sessions in groups of no more than 5 people with excursion services by appointment.


Tuesday, Thursday – 12 noon, 2pm, 4pm; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday – 12 noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm Admission tickets:

Adults – 350 roubles, reduced tickets – 175 roubles, group ticket – 4,000 roubles, reduced group ticket – 2,000 roubles.

If you want to buy a reduced price ticket, you need to show an appropriate ID that proves that you have the right for a discount according to the legislation of the Russian Federation.

Payment methods

You can pay with cash via Sberbank ATM at 7/9 Universitetskaya Embankment, Mendeleevskaya Line entrance (the ATM might charge an additional fee)

St Petersburg University payment system

If you cannot pay either via the payment terminal or via payment system, you can pay with a credit card and cash in the ticket office of St Petersburg University at the Faculty of Philology at 3 Philologichesky lane (open 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4.30pm)

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