About Project

Frederik Ruysch's Virtual Museum

The project has been aimed to provide access to the catalogue of the one of the earliest collection of the Kunstkamera, founded in St.Petersburg by the Russian Emperor Peter the Great in 1714. Collection of anatomic specimens created by Frederik Ruysch (1638–1731), professor of anatomy and botany in Amsterdam, was procured for the museum in 1717. Among the main tasks of Frederik Ruysch’ Virtual Museum has been publication and comparison of descriptions of 916 specimens housing by Peter the Great’s Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography within the Russian Academy of Sciences, with the ones done by Frederik Ruysch himself in a number of collection catalogue’s volumes published by him in 1691–1728 (Thesaurus anatomicus…), as well as in the earliest catalogue of Petersburg Kunstkamera published in 1742 in St.Petersburg (Musei Imperialis Petropolitani…).


Designers and Partners

Materials for the joint Russian-Dutch research and museum project were prepared through the cooperation of the following:

Peter the Great's Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences

Yuri Chictov, Director, Anna Rdziun, Senior Curator , Tatiana Bogomazova, Head of Informationa Technologies Department, Maria Hartanovich, Database Principal Specialist

Amsterdam University

Prof. Dr. W. den Boer, Dr. J. J. Driessen van het Reve, Prof. Dr. Otto Bleker, Dr. W. Mulder, Dr. G. M. van de Roemer, Dr. Luuc Kooijmans, Dr. Ing. R. Brandsma

Software Development and Design of Catalogue - "KAMIS" Ltd

Yuri Loshak, Director General, Project Manager; Yelena Koscheeva, Deputy General Director, Database Programming, Sergei Lisovoy, Head of Multimedia and Internet Projects Department; Stanislav Grozdilov, Principal Designer


The project financed by

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Moscow in the framework of the Mutual Cultural Heritage programme

Wilhelmina E. Jansen fonds

Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds

Stichting Dr. Hendrik Muller's Vaderlandsch Fonds

Kattendyke/Drucker Stichting