- Founded by decree of Peter the Great in 1704 as a museum of scientific curiosities, the Kunstkammer is firstly an extensive and impressive exhibition devoted to ancient and traditional cultures from all over the world. The colourful and well-presented exhibition is divided into areas each displaying artifacts like weapons, dress, tools etc, from a particular area of the world. However, the museum is world-famous for but a handful of its million plus artefacts. Peter's original grim collection of pickled animals, bizarre skeletons and preserved Siamese twins form the museum's centre-piece and macabre main attraction.
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