Peter the Great Museum of Antropology and Etnography (Kunstkamera) Russian Academy of Sciences
Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography of the Russian Academy of Sciences is one of the largest and oldest ethnographic museums in the world. It is the successor to the first Russian state public museum, the famous Kunstkamera, founded by Peter the Great in 1714. The Kunstkamera was created with the aim of collecting and researching rarities made by nature and human hands. Today Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (the Kunstkamera) RAS is not only an academic museum, but also one of the leading research centers of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The traditions of the great Russian ethnographers and anthropologists of the XVIII - XX centuries continue here. The Museum's invaluable ethnographic, anthropological and archaeological collections are among the most complete and interesting in the world. They include more than 1.2 million exhibits, reflect the diversity of cultures of the peoples of the Old and New Worlds and are part of the cultural heritage of all mankind. In October 2020, on the initiative of the MAE (Kunstkamera) RAS the Alliance of Early Universal Museums was created which included, besides the MAE RAS, the Teylers Museum (Haarlem, Netherlands) and Franckesche Stiftungen (Halle, Germany).