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30.06.2015 | Museum presents new online catalogue of the collections on Ainu culture.


Museum continues the series of catalogues providing the broad access to its collections. New online catalogue available from today on the Museum website is dedicated to the Ainu - one of the indigenous peoples of the Far East and Japan. MAE collection contains over two thousand items of Ainu origin; some of them are displayed at the permanent exhibition. Collections on Ainu culture are among the early acquisitions; 14 items still remain the labels of Kunstkamera. The uniqueness of these collections is in their wide geographical range as well, since they include materials not only from Hokkaido and Sakhalin Island, but also from Kuril Islands. The history of Ainu items’ collecting is associated with the names of prominent Russian travelers and explorers: I.G. Voznesenskii, B.O. Pilsudskiy, L.Y. Sternberg, and others. They could purchase unique materials on various aspects of the culture of Ainu people: vehicles and clothes, hunting tools and utensils, religious objects. Research of Ainu collections of MAE RAS is being carried out for many years in collaboration with specialists from Japan.

23.06.2015 | River Stars Reindeer

Imaging Evenki & Orochen communities of Inner Mongolia & Siberia

Exhibitions open 23 June – 27 September 2015

11.06.2015 | Heads of the Federal Agency of Scientific Organizations of Russia visited the Museum

June 11, 2015 – Mr. Mikhail M. Kotyukov, Head of the Federal Agency of Scientific Organizations of Russia, and Mr. Sergei V. Kuzmin, Deputy Head of FANO, visited the Museum. The heads of FANO visited the collection storages and exhibitions of MAE (Kunstkamera) RAS ,  held a meeting with the Museum administration on the development of the institution as a national research center. One of the main topics of discussion was the creation of the Museum multifunctional scientific and storage center.

10.06.2015 | The US Ambassador to the Russian Federation Mr. John Tefft and officials of the US Consulate General in St. Petersburg visited Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera).

On June 10th, 2015, the US Ambassador to the Russian Federation Mr. John Tefft and officials of the US Consulate General in St. Petersburg visited Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera). During the visit the guests got acquainted with the unique collections on the cultures of the indigenous peoples of North America displayed at the Museum, as well as with printed catalogues on museum American collections issued in close cooperation with American museums, research centers and communities of indigenous peoples. The parties expressed their mutual interest to continue the cooperation which helps to maintain and develop the close cultural and scientific relations between our countries. Mr. Tefft informed the Museum administration of providing a special grant for digitization and publication of the Museum collections dedicated to the culture of Californian Indians. The work will be conducted jointly with US experts and representatives of the indigenous peoples of California. Digitization of Californian collection of the Museum will be launched in September 2015.

16.05.2015 | #Unite4Heritage

In view of the forthcoming celebration of the International Museum Day of 18 May, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) Russian Academy of Sciences joins the international campaign #Unite4Heritage, which was recently launched on the initiative the UNESCO Director-General Ms Irina Bokova. Campaign #Unite4Heritage is a response not only to the recent trend of deliberate destruction of or attacks on cultural heritage, of which museums have been regrettably a target especially in Arab region/ The aim of the campaign is  to increase awareness of public, notably that of young people worldwide on the importance of heritage as showcase of our diversity and spirit of intercultural exchange and dialogue.

In 1713 the Great Gottorp Globe was given to Peter the Great as a diplomatic gift from the Duchy of Gottorp and later became one of the very first exhibits of the first Russian public museum – Kunstkamera. Delivered to Saint-Petersburg in 1717, the Gottorp Globe was thought to be the biggest globe in the world and first planetarium globe at the time. Today it is presented at the fourth floor of Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) in St. Petersburg (Russia).



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CELESTIAL BOAT. Chinese Mechanical Toy
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As early as the 3rd century B.C. Qin Shi-huang, establisher of the Chinese Empire, attending to endless longevity was time after time sending expeditions to the distant seas looking for the islands haunted with the celestial immortals: people - rulers of the time, elements and wonderful creatures, - in pleasure of eternity sailing the seas by unseen boats resistant to any storms. By celestial boats.