Museum of the History of Religion

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In 1930, an exhibition devoted to the history of different religions was opened and quickly it turned into a museum. First, it was installed in the Kazansky Cathedral originally under the name of the Museum of Atheism, then in 2000 it moved to its current location: an ancient building on Pochtamtskaya Ulitsa. Nowadays the collections have moved away from the historical bias and are devoted to the actual subjects of the religious cults of different countries and periods.

The museum has exhibitions about the history of the world's religions from the 6th century BC all the way to the present day. The permanent exhibitions consist of 6th century BC Archaic Rituals, Mythology of the Ancient World, Judaism, Early Christianity, Orthodox Christianity, Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam and Buddhism. The museum has approximately 200,000 exhibits ranging from artefacts to art work.

There are almost always temporary exhibitions being held here. In the past themes have included Russian Icons, Palestinian Society, and the history of the Bible in Russia.

Essential Information for Visitors

Address and Contact Details

14/5 Ulitsa Pochtamtskaya
(812) 314-58-38
Metro: Admiralteskaya

Opening Hours

Thu – Mon: 10:00 – 18:00. Ticket office closes at 17:00
Tue: 13:00 – 21:00. Ticket office closes at 20:00
Closed Wednesdays

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