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State Darwin Museum
State Darwin Museum

State Darwin Museum

The State Darwin Museum was the world’s first museum of evolution when it opened its doors in 1907, and it remains one of the largest of its kind. Spread over three floors, the vast permanent collection features more than 400,000 items, with interactive exhibits and multimedia displays making it fun and educational for all ages.

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Ulitsa Vavilova, 57, Moscow, 117292

The Basics

You could easily spend a whole morning or afternoon browsing the many galleries at the State Darwin Museum. Exhibitions focus on the diversity of life on Earth, the origin of species, natural selection and evolution, and the Earth’s diverse ecosystems. Highlights include lifelike dinosaur models, an impressive collection of wildlife art, and a display of more than 800 animals species, among them very rare birds such as the extinct dodo, the passenger pigeon, and the majestic huia.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entrance to the State Darwin Museum is included with the Moscow Pass.

  • Signs and exhibition information are in Russian, so it’s worth visiting with a guide.

  • On-site facilities include three museum shops and two cafés.

  • Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the museum.

  • The museum is wheelchair-accessible.

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How to Get There

The museum is located around 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) southwest of downtown Moscow. Take the metro to Akademicheskaya station (line 6), from where it’s a short signposted walk to the museum.

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When to Get There

The State Darwin Museum is open daily except Mondays. It’s a popular choice with local families on the weekends, so opt for a weekday morning for a quieter visit.

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Museums of Moscow

The State Darwin Museum is one of many museums in Moscow. For art lovers, the State Tretyakov Gallery has one of the world's biggest collections of Russian art, while the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts has works by Botticelli and Rembrandt. The Museum of Industry and the Bunker-42 Museum offer a fascinating glimpse into Soviet history, while the Armory Museum is a must-see for anyone touring the Kremlin.

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