Kazan: completed reconstruction of the geological museum
After a lengthy large-scale reconstruction in Kazan, the geological museum of Kazan State University (KSU) was opened - one of the oldest museums in the city, founded in 1804.
The museum was closed for reconstruction 9 years ago. All this time only students and scientists had access to his collection. And now, after many years, its richest collection is open to all who want it, the university’s press center reported.
According to the press center, after reconstruction the area of the museum has increased three times. Now it consists of 8 halls - the hall of mineralogy, crystallography, dynamic geology, historical geology, the mammoth hall, the oil hall, the mineral hall and the lecture hall. All of them are located on two floors of the geological department of KSU.
Currently, the museum fund includes 150 thousand exhibits from 60 countries of the world. It includes collections of meteorites, minerals, rocks, ores, and fossil remains of ancient plants and animals.
“Among the exhibits of the museum are many rarities.These are rare beauty minerals from different countries of the world, collections of jewelry, ornamental and facing stones, stone products. A unique collection of Russian and foreign meteorites, in which the central place is occupied by the Kainsaz meteorite weighing 210 kg, which fell in September 1937 in the Muslyumovsky district of Tatarstan, ”said the press officer.
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Paleontological funds have a rich collection of ancient invertebrates, fish, plants. A unique exhibit of the fauna of the Ice Age and pride of the exposition is the complete skeleton of a mammoth, found in 1899 on the border of the Kazan and Perm provinces.