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The excursion-educational department

Contact information

Tel.: (812) 328-01-18 (guides); (812) 328-14-12 (excursions booking)


The head of the department

Nosovskaya Kseniya Aleksandrovna

The department history

The Museum was intended by Peter the Great to be public in order all the people despite their ranks and titles could come and study. It was Peter the Greate who had the best knowlege of all collections and was the first guide of the Museum.

1906 – the main activity of the Museum staff was centered on registration, cataloging and studying of new arrived collections. However „the scholar personnel“ continued to give „systematic explanations“ to groups of schoolchildren, to teachers, members of the Geographical Circle of Saint-Petersburg University, to students of the Department of Geography and the Department of Oriental Studies of the University. L.Ya.Shternberg gave lectures on primitive religion to students of the Female Teacher's Training College. Practical lessons on ethnography were held for teaches and pupils of city schools. That year visitors numbered 12064 persons including 3790 students and pupils.

1913 – lectures and scientific demonstration of the Museum collections were conducted for groups of pupils and students. Lectures were specially read for a group of people, „who showed intention to engage later on in explaining of the Museum collections at the departments of Sibirian aborigens, America, Africa, China, Japan, Oceania and the Department of Archaeology.

 That year the Museum admitted 19484 visitors, free of charge - 1601 persons, 5096 persons were on excursions.

1914 – 20,204 visitors, including 4769 pupils and students, 2979 persons paid for their visits, the others – 12466 persons.

1915 – a guide-book about MAE and Peter the Great gallery was published.

Visitors – 12895 persons, 11799 free of charge, 3718 – pupils and students, 1839 – wounded men.

1916 - lectures and demonstration were conducted for 8 groups of Higher Geographic Courses female students. For students of Higher Woman Coursees 10 hours of lections with detailed demonstrations of collections were fulfilled. The inaugural lecture was read by L.Ya. Shtenberg, lectures on archaeology – by V.M.Lemeshevskiy, on Oceania – by B.E.Petri. A special course of lectures was organized for secondary school teachers. Lectures on ethnographic technologies (methods of getting fire, braiding, weaving, stone tools technics) were given.

1917 – as in previous years lectures and demonstrations of collections were conducted for Higher Geographical Courses female students. A cource of lectures for secondary school teachers was begun.

1919 – “with sorrow we are to state that the daily work in the year of account was made very irregularly”, but new guide-books were written, lectures and instructing work were continued, lectures for establishing of “explaining collections personnel» of the Ethnography Museum were organized.

1927 – educational work: wide ranges of students of I and II grades schools, workers’ faculties students, technical schools, students of the Department of Geography of Leningrad State University, the Red Army soldiers, workers etc were catered. Lectures were given for pupils as well as for visitors from the provinces, who were admitted to see MAE collections even in days when the Museum was closed for visitors.

Most of excursions were free of charge. That year 1371 excursions were conducted, 32712 persons listened to them, 10391 persons were individual visitors.

1929 – MAE paid much attention to culture educational work. Since 12th of April, 1929, the Museum was opened for visitors additionally in evening hours once a week. At that time public lectures with demonstrations and explanations of the Museum collections and with illuminated pictures were conducted. Since November scientific workers began instructing of workers’ schools teachers and of guides. “The cabinet of guides” attached to the library was established and “supplied MAE guides with books and other study aids”.

The Museum admitted 39495 visitors, 1296 excursions were organized, which were visited by 28432 persons, workers’ schools students – 13786, workers’ faculties students – 1639, technical schools students – 1086, students – 1851, workers – 3015, individual visitors – 11063 persons. Most of excursions were free of charge. Students were admitted free.
2006 – the excursion-instructing department was reorganized as excursion-educational.

Main activities of the department.

Today the Museum traditionally admits very different types of visitors. Variety of general excursions is made for guests of the city, city-dwellers, students, schoolchildren and for very young visitors. Besides general excursions that acquaint visitors with numerous collections of MAE a series of thematic excursions.

The educational program “A lesson at the Museum” is developed for schoolchildren of 5-9 grades on the subjects “History”, “The history and culture of Saint-Petersburg”.

The student educational program on the subjects “Cultural studies”, “Theory and history of the world civilizations” and “Ethno-political studies”. The program includes theoretical and practical lessons.

The prime activity of the department is work with children of pre-school and school age. Under the educational program “My Kunstkamera” special lessons are held. The series consists of 7 lessons. In the serious academic museum children of 5-10 years play and it is not the first year they play in games and fairy-tales of the world, meet Chinese New year, act in traditional Indian theatre Kathakali style performances… Every child gets a small 6-page paint book as a memory gift about games he participated at the Museum and 6 playthings which he made by himself. These playthings may be the beginning of his own small collection of curious things. Once it was a collection that helps to begin the way of knowledge about the world, the way of scientific discoveries and progress.

Since September of 2005 a new type of work with children and their parents has been organized. Little visitors are given a colourful route list with tasks which enable children to get acquainted with the Museum collections without a guide.

Lately the work with children with special needs has become one of the important activities of the department. Traditional excursions are made for these children and special routs with interactive programs are being developed.

The work on the children centre establishment is in progress.

The department staff.

Nosovskaya Ksenia Aleksandrovna, head of the department.

Selezneva Vera Ivanovna, Candidate of Sciences, educational policy coordinator (guides training, excursion quality control, excursion and educational programs for students, schoolchildren and children of preschool age).

Matveeva Polina Aleksandrovna, administrative officer (coordination of the department activities, educational programs promotion, statistics and accounts).

Klimova Nina Zalmanovna, guide.

Stupakevich Lada Yurievna, guide.

Durmenova Anna Viktorovna, guide.

Butenko Evgenia Lvovna, guide.

Fedorova Marina Yurievna, guide.

Egorova Natalia Petrovna, guide.

Nikiforova Ludmila Alekseevna, dispatcher.

Egorova Anastasia Anatolievna, controller.

Rafikova Naimya Miftyakhovna, cashier.

Andreeva Tamara Alekseevna, cashier.

The Museum suggests general excursion and play lessons developed specially for children taking into account their interests and level of knowledge.

THE GENERAL EXCURSIONS for children of preschool and primary school age.

“The museum, designed by Peter the Great”

The excursion aimed at introduction of the history of the first public museum in Russia – Kunstkamera – and of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Children will visit the first Russian observatory and will see the Great Gottorp Globe. They will know how scholars of XVIII century learned laws of environment using magnets, lenses and compasses.

“Globolok invites you to travel”

 The excursion aimed at introduction to children of the most interesting objects from ethnographic collections of the Museum. Children will meet the doll Globolok that will help them to travel at Maluccas islands with the miraculous boat of cloves and to make a collection of interesting objects of India, China, Japan nations. At the end of a lesson the children will tell about their voyage and their collection in the Academy of Sciences conference hall of XVIII century.

 “Kunstkamera curious things”

The excursion aimed at introduction of the history of the Museum and of collections with the use of the most interesting and exotic Museum artifacts, at explaining how via an object a child can know more about the culture of a nation. Children will get experience of gathering a collection as well as of arranging an exposition of their own collections and of making excursions by themselves. The children will make their collections and expositions using photographs of the most interesting artifacts which they would find at the Museum galleries.


“The museum, designed by Peter the Great” (6-10 years)

The excursion aimed at introduction of the history of the first public museum in Russia – Kunstkamera – and of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Children will visit the first Russian observatory and will see the Great Gottorp Globe. They will know how scholars of XVIII century learned laws of environment using magnets, lenses and compasses.

“Globolok invites you to travel” (6-10 years)

 Children will see the most interesting objects of ethnographic collections of the Museum, will meet the doll Globolok, will listen to a story about the culture of Asian and American nations. In the Academy of Sciences conference hall they will tell about their impressions about the voyage made at the excursion.

“Kunstkamera curious things” (10-12 years)

 The aim of the excursion is to introduce the history both of the Museum and of the collections with the use of the most interesting and exotic Museum artifacts, to explain how via an object a child can know more about the culture of a nation, to teach children to make their own collections and to tell about them.


for children from 5 to 10 years. At the Museum the play program for children “My Kunstkamera” is in use, which includes 7 play lessons.

  • “Let’s play Eskimos” (5-7 years).  The traditional culture of the Eskimos, who live at the extreme North of our planet, is introduced at play. The lesson is conducted at the exposition “Aboriginal population of the North America”. Children make festival masks and play the festival of meeting the Sun.
  • “In the land where peacocks live” (5-9 years). The play lesson is conducted at the exposition of the Indian gallery on the basis of an Indian fairy-tale. At the lesson children play traditional musical instruments and put on traditional dresses. They will get a paint book as a memory gift.
  • “Ganesha the Victor” (5-7 years). Indian traditions and rituals with participation of an Indian mythology character – Ganesha – are introduced at the exposition of the Indian gallery. The lesson task is to acquaint at play with a culture that has a different world view, that doesn’t distinguish animate and inanimate phenomenon; to teach the children respect and care for objects of everyday life. The children play a fairy-tale in the form of Kathakali theatre.
  • “Together with Issumbocy” (5-10 years). The play lesson is conducted at the exposition of the Japanese gallery. Traditional everyday life of the Japanese is introduced with the use of folk tale-telling traditions. Children play games of Japanese girls and boys, discover the ways of Japanese birthday celebrations and put on national costumes.
  • “Chinese New Year, or Why people count years by animals” (5-10 years). The lesson task is not only answer the question, but also to convey to a child first impressions about Chinese traditional cultures.  During the play lesson the children will meet the familiar atmosphere of New Year celebration, will know the origin of New Year traditions in Russia (counting of years by animals, fireworks, salutes, paper decorations). In China a dragon is a necessary participant of the New Year Celebration. The children will get acquainted with the dragon image and play a paper dragon dance.
  • “Why in India nobody is afraid of snakes” (6-10 years). The play lesson with a snake toy is based on subjects of traditional Indian tales and myths. Traditional Indian culture is introduced. During the lesson children make simple tasks.
  • Globolok visiting the Grandfather” (6-10 years). Globolok is a toy. It accompanies children at play lessons, helps to read maps and maintain atmosphere of a game. The children make a voyage by sea, listen about the Museum history and the history of the Academy of Sciences. In the conference hall experiments are carried out with the use of simple physical instruments. At the end of the voyage the children see the first Russian astronomical observatory and the Great Gottorp Globe-planetarium. For memory about their voyage the children are granted a task that reminds them interesting moments of their visit to the Museum.

For children of 10-12 years a new museum program “To study merrily” is being developed. The first lesson of this cycle is “Casket of wisdom”. The lesson is conducted at the exposition of the Chinese gallery. With use of ancient Chinese fables, parables and fairy-tales children will know about the traditions and art of this country.


 Lessons on the ancient history for schoolchildren of 5-6 grades:

  • “The stone lamp” – demonstration of artifacts and description of the life of primitive hunters, gatherers, farmers and cattle breeders.
  • “The country between the Himalayas and the ocean” – the story about ancient India culture based on collection materials.
  • “Casket of wisdom” – the story about ancient China culture based on collection materials.

Lessons on the ancient history for schoolchildren of 7 grades:

  • “The book and the sword” – the story about the rise of a new religion – Islam, about Bedouins life, about integration of Arabs, establishment of Caliphate and the culture of Arab Caliphate countries is based on collections of Near and Middle East gallery.
  • “The Chinese secret” – the story about the culture of the medieval China.
  • The country of fabulous riches” - the story about the culture of the medieval India.
  • “The continent of short shades” –the story about the culture and traditions of African nations is on the base of collections of the Africa gallery.

Lessons on the modern history for schoolchildren of 8-9 grades:

Subject “traditional societies in XIX century”

  • The discovery” of Japan by Europeans – about traditional culture of Japan, the history of relations of Japan with Russia and other countries. 

Lessons on the history of Russia for schoolchildren of 9-10 grades, the subject

“Russia in the late XIX- the early XX centuries”:

  • “A journey to the East”- about the round-the-world voyage of Prince Nicolas and collections, gain during this voyage.


In collaboration with other city museums – the Museum of the Religion History, the Russian Museum, the Hermitage, the Museum for the History of Saint-Petersburg, the Museum of Political History etc – the following programs are elaborated:

  • Museum wonder world.
  • Petersburg f Peter the Great.
  • Russia in the late XIX- the early XX centuries.

Under these programs the following lessons are conducted at the Museum:

Globolok invites you to travel.

The museum, designed by Peter the Great.

The trip of Prince Nicolas to the East.


At weekends children visiting the Museum will be granted with a route list. By simple tasks it enables to get acquainted with the Museum expositions and see the Gottorp Globe individually without a guide.


On subjects: “Cultural studies”, “The history of the world civilizations”, “Traditional crafts of the world’s nations”.
Thematical excursions.
Traditional cultures of indigenous populations of:

  • the North America
  • Japan
  • The Africa
  • China
  • Mongolia
  • Korea
  • The Near and Middle East
  • India and Indonesia

The museum o fknowledge. Peter the Great Kunstkamera” – Peter’s collections of XVIII century, the history of the Academy of Sciences, of the first Russian astronomical observatory, the work of M.V.Lomonosov – the first Russian academician.

Specialized lessons on the following subjects:

  • The primitive culture and art”. The lessons are conducted at expositions of the galleries “The North America indigenous population” and “Africa to the South of the Sahara”.
  • “Religions of the world’s nations
    • Primitive beliefs (totemism, animism, ancestor cult etc)
    • “The book and the sword” – the rise and spreading of Islam
    • India – the cradle of Buddhism, the spreading of Buddhism in Asia (China, Japan, Tibet)
    • Hinduism – the main religion of India
    • Great teachings of China – Confucianism and Taoism
    • Christian traditions in Africa
    • Shintoism – the national religion of Japan
  • The series of lessons on “Traditional cloths of the world’s nations”.

    • “Beauty of nature is in beauty of cloths”. Cloths of African nations.
    • “Traditional garments of hunters and cattle-breeders”. Garments of nations of the North America, Mongolia.
    • “Cloths cover the body and uncover the soul”, silk and cotton – traditional methods of making and decorating of cloths and garments in China, India and Japan.
  • “Tell me what you eat and I’ll tell you who you are” – a series of lessons on traditional food of hunters and gathers, cattle-breeders and farmers.
  • “Money in traditional cultures of the world” - forms of primitive barter and emergence of first medium of exchange at Asian, American and African societies are decribed on the basis of the Museum collections.
  • “Man and woman have different social roles” – the Museum exposition gives opportunity to show historical background and diversity of relations of the sexes in different traditional cultures of the past and nowadays.

The Museum lessons booking – tel. 328-14-12.
Lesson subjects and service methods. Educational policy coordinator SELEZNEVA V.I. Tel.328-01-18.


The children centre program is in project.

  • Informational stalls.
  • Circle “Ethnographic painting” for children of 7-12 years.
  • School competitions on the city history.