Having a rich and long history during its foundation, Moscow undoubtedly has a wealth of museums, architecture, and many other historical elements. This is why visiting Moscow is a must if you are an aficionado of classical ballets, old buildings, theatres and museums. I can guarantee that you will not regret your experience in the capital which sometimes offers you a smattering of museums with free entrance!
Free? How come?
Shortly after the summer begins, museums in Moscow have a special program to attract more visitors by giving free entrance or by opening the museums until midnight. You may check the date of the offers on the website: www.afisha.ru (in Russian).
What is this...
One of the museums that took part in that program was the Zoological Museum of Moscow University. If you read my other post about Paleontological Museum (I hope), you might remember that I mentioned the Zoological Museum there. Yes, this museum is still related to the one in Teply Stan. They both exhibit very similar things, but from different periods of time, (although you will find prehistoric creatures in the Zoological Museum as well).
Where is the location...
The entrance of this museum is attached to the Moscow Lomonosov State University in Nikitskiy Prospekt. However, you may not enter through the university itself - the entrance is on the back part of the main street.
As a rule, the museum, itself, consists of almost a hundred showcases exhibiting all kinds of creatures that have ever existed on our planet, including a full-size mammoth.
How to get there…
Take the metro to Okhotny Ryad station and exit to Mokhovaya Ulitsa. Go straight until you meet the T-Junction, then turn right and walk along the Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa. You will find the museum right at the corner of the street.
What are there…
The first floor is dedicated to common animals in our lifetime period such as wolf, tiger, giraffe, rabbit, cock, hen, etc. (We are also animals but unfortunately they haven’t decided to put one of us as a sample.) If you've never seen what a chicken looks like before it's served for your dinner, this museum is a good place to find out.
The second floor is dedicated to insects. Yuck! Not for me to be honest.
Another wing of the building is dedicated to prehistoric creatures such as the mammoth and its friends. Also, you can find some interesting-but-a-bit-disgusting research on anatomy of animals and human. (Personally, I am not able to look at any kinds of organs. Maybe this is why I am a translator, not a forensic doctor.)
This museum is suitable for…
Kids, of course. But it doesn’t mean that adults won't enjoy this museum. To put it in plain English, the museum is suitable for everybody.