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Paleontologic Museum

#36 of 2,375 things to do in Moscow
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Address: Profsoyuznaya St., 123, Moscow 117647, Russia
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+7 495 339-45-44
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Orlov Paleontological Museum is a part of the Paleontological Institute...

The Orlov Paleontological Museum is a part of the Paleontological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences. It is named after Academician Yuri Alexandrovich Orlov. The museum represents one of the oldest natural-science institutions in Russia. Its history goes back to the first public museum in our country – the “Kunstkammer” founded by Peter the Great. The modern exposition is based on rich scientific collections of the Paleontological Institute. It includes about five and a half thousand natural paleontological objects. The museum is housed in a specially constructed building with original architecture and unique, monumental and decorative design. Paleontological Museum is one of a kind cultural landmark of Moscow and Russia in general. It is one of the most representative paleontological museum collections around the world. Every year it is visited by over 200 000 people and about half of them are children of school and preschool age.

The museum exposition occupies five main halls. Connected by crossings, they form a closed sequence, which begins and ends by a tower with a ceramic panel "Tree of Life". It is the biggest art decoration of the museum. All halls of the museum, except for the introductory one, are devoted to particular eras of geologic history of the Earth. The introductory hall is followed by the hall of Precambrian and Early Paleozoic, and then, by turns, halls of the Late Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic. The exposition of the museum allows to trace all main stages of life evolution on the Earth: from the fossil evidences of vital activity of the earliest bacteria aged as about 1,5 billion years, to the animals of Ice Age, the contemporaries of the ancient man.

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A piece of natural history

It was presumed as apart of a large zoological complex - Moscow Zoo was planned to move here. But Soviet Academy of Science has a sanatorium and spa nearby. And academics... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 October 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

It was presumed as apart of a large zoological complex - Moscow Zoo was planned to move here. But Soviet Academy of Science has a sanatorium and spa nearby. And academics protested together with the locals. The plan was scrapped, the sanatorium still exists, only now belonging to the Russian Academy. But the paleontology museum was built - dinosaurs' skeletons... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Nice place to visit with young children. Just about 1 hour tour and children are fascinated bated and not tired. Quite close to metro - about 10 min walk. Discounts for students. Exhibition starts from ancient sea inhabitants to the time when human appeared. If you go by car - take turn from Profsoyuznaya st directly to the parking place,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

The collection in this museum is fantastic. Unfortunately, typical of most russian museums, there are no english explanations. Therefore, i would recommend to download the app before hand. The explanations on the app is quite sufficient. Be blown away with the creatures that use to roam our land!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

Back in time is what you get when you visit this impressive collection. Parking can be tricky, there are no clear signs to the entrance and like most tourist destinations in Moscow no English information. You can down load an app on your smart phone that interacts with the displays. It's good but could be better for that reason alone.

Thank Rui P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016

unclear local road signage and also from metro good experience, signage internally 100% russian mobile app for transalations advertised but no wifi to download it and advertised only at end of museum

Thank Simon F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

If you are following the trip advisor list of places to vist moscow, this place really comes down low on the list. But if you love jurassic park, you will love this place, especially if you have kids. We reached here via the Konokovo Metro station and walked the way down here, but you could take a the bus if... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

It's does features some dinosaur and stuff from paleontologic era. But there's just no wow factor for me. Full trip would take around 1 hour. Wouldn't recommend tourist here unless you have a Russian Student card as that would give u huge discount. Plus it's hard to access here from the city centre. A Metro and around 10 minutes walk... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

Great place to visit, very big and complete collection, several floors full with various bones, describing history of evolution. May be not so interesting if you don't know anything about paleontology, because there are almost no big descriptions about the expo, only small names of the dinosaurs. Don't know whether there are official english guides.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2015

Very nice as well as useful place to visit with children aged under 14. Huge paleontologic collection. Restored at nature size dinosaurs and much more. Good time to spend for all family. Take a couple hours for visiting current exposition. Have a fun!)

Thank Давид К
Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2015

I like it! Very interesting museum, professional staff ! A lot of interesting things inside . Dinosaurs is a mystical animals

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