In the infinite diversity of animals represented in the collections of the Zoological Museum, the visitor is pretty hard to understand – especially if he’s here for the first time. In this situation come to the aid of professionals. Museum guides will talk about its history, get acquainted with the most interesting exhibits in the collections, and answer questions about the problems and successes of modern biology. If You want to know anything more, You can enjoy hundreds of themed tours on the taxonomy, ecology, zoogeography and other fields of Zoological research. In addition to individual tours, the Museum hosts a lecture series for children of all ages and training.
The main tours
Sightseeing tour of the Museum
A brief history of the Museum. The origin of collections, the largest Zoological expedition. During the excursion visitors get acquainted with the most interesting displays biological groups, collections and separate exhibits. languages: Russian, English
The modern theory of evolution
The life and teachings of Charles Darwin. The development of evolutionary ideas in dotarlismy and posleduyuschie period. Modern evolutionary trends.
Animals of different zones
Tours are conducted on the basis of the displays biological groups representing animals in their natural habitat. Sightseers can not only provide reptiles, mammals and birds of different landscapes, but also to assess their unique adaptation to life in various,often quite adverse conditions.
Cycles of excursions for visitors of the Zoological Museum
No. 1. For preschoolers (from age 5)
1. What can be seen in the Museum of Zoology? 2. Animals in fairy tales. 3. Animals of our forests. 4. How animals prepare for winter, to spring. 5. Dangerous animals of the seas and oceans. 6. Pets.
No. 2. For preschoolers (from age 5)
1. Review. 2. How animals fly, swim and eat. 3. How animals are protected, take care of offspring; Animals are builders. 4. Adaptation of animals to extreme conditions. 5. Animal Washee. 6. Dangerous animals.
No. 3. Preschool (through 5 years)
1. Review. 2. Invertebrates, fish. 3. Amphibians and reptiles. 4. Birds. 5. Mammals (first part). 6. Mammals (second part).
No. 4. For students in grades 1-3
1. Familiarity with the Museum. 2. Animals of the Leningrad region. 3. Animals of hot countries. 4. The fauna of the seas and oceans. 5. Natural areas of our country. 6. Animals of the red book of the world.
No. 5. For learners of science
1. Animals of different continents. 2. Birds and animals of our forests. 3. Animals in the city. 4. Animals prepare for winter. 5. Animals of the red book. 6. Natural areas of our country.
No. 6. Ecology of animals (for 5-11 grades)
1. Ecosystem. The diversity of biological communities. 2. Adaptation of animals to environmental conditions. 3. Interspecific relationships.
No. 7. Evolution (for grades 9-11)
1. The origin of life on Earth. Evidence of evolution. Living fossils. 2. Geological succession of organisms and their geographical distribution. 3. The direction of evolution of vertebrates. 4. The anthropogenesis. 5. The theory of evolution. Darwinism.
No. 8. For studying the history of
1. The history of formation of collections of the Zoological Museum. 2. The oldest exhibits of the Museum, starting with Peter the great’s Kunstkammer. 3. Great Zoological expedition: S. G. Gmelin, P. Pallas, A. F. Middendorf, G. I. Langsdorf, I. G. Voznesensky, L. I. Shrenk. 4. Great travellers and their contribution to the study of the animal world: I. F. Kruzenshtern, O. E. kotsebu, M. P. Lazarev, N. N. Miklouho-Maclay. 5. Great travellers and their contribution to the study of the animal world: P. P. Semyonov Tyan-Shansky, N. M.Przewalski, P. K. Kozlov
No. 9. Zoogeography (for grades 5-9)
1. Animals of the Arctic and Antarctic. 2. Animals of Africa and Madagascar. 3. Animals Australia and the Pacific Islands. 4. The animals of Eurasia and North America. 5. Animals Of South America. 6. Animals Of South-East Asia.
No. 10. The course of Zoology in the school (for grades 6-8)
1. Overview of invertebrates (without arthropods). 2. Overview of the invertebrate animals (arthropods). 3. Fish. 4. Amphibians and reptiles. 5. Birds. 6. Mammals.
No. 11. Invertebrates.
1. Protozoa, sponges, coelenterates. 2. Worms. 3. Arthropods (without insects). 4. Insects. 5. Shellfish. 6. Echinoderms.
No. 12. Birds
1. The origin of birds. Flightless birds. 2. Waterfowl and wading birds. 3. Birds of prey. 4. Passerine birds. 5. Birds of the Leningrad region. 6. Exotic birds.
No. 13. Mammals
1. The origin of mammals. Oviparous and marsupial. 2. Insectivores, bats, rodents, lagomorphs. 3. Pangolins, edentates, sherstokryly, monkeys. 4. Ungulates, Hootie. 5. Cetaceans, pinnipeds, and sirens. 6. Predatory.
No. 14. The unknown known (1)
1. How animals fly? 2. How do animals swim? 3. How animals eat? 4. How animals care for the offspring? 5. Dangerous animals. 6. Animals-builders.
No. 15. The unknown known (2)
1. Animal adaptations to existence in extreme conditions. 2. Poisonous animals. 3. The origin of domestic animals. 4. Animals next to man. 5. How animals defend themselves? 6. Older than the dinosaurs.
No. 16. Entertaining Zoology (for different ages)
1. Giants and dwarfs. 2. Extinct and endangered animals. 3. Crawling fish, running birds, flying animals and others. 4. Pets. 5. Animals as disguised. 6. Don’t touch me!
No. 17. Know and love your edge (for grades 3-11)
1. The fauna of the forest. 2. The fauna of our rivers and lakes. 3. The fauna of the Baltic sea. 4. Animals in the city. 5. Animals protected in the Leningrad region. 6. Who, how and where to see? (preparation for excursions in the nature).
No. 18. For learners of French (for classes 3-5)
Natural areas 1. Animals of the Arctic and Antarctic. 2. Animals of the taiga. 3. Animals of deciduous forests. 4. Animals of the tropics. 5. Animals deserts and steppes. 6. Animals of the mountains.
No. 19. Animals of Russia (for different ages)
1. Animals Of The North-West Of Russia. 2. Animals of the Russian North. 3. Animals of Siberia and the Far East. 4. Animals of the South of Russia. 5. Animals of the Northern seas. 6. Animals Black and Azov seas and the seas of the Far East.
No. 20. Exotic animals (for different ages)
1. World of the tropical seas. 2. Of course, it’s fish, but. 3. The age of the dinosaurs. 4. Unusual birds. 5. Mammoths and mammoth fauna. 6. Monkeys, lemurs and humans.
No. 21. Tours for adults
1. Review. 2. Zoology and myths. 3. Dangerous animals. 4. Mammoths and mammoth fauna. 5. The sex in animal life. (18+)
The nature and extent of information, in consultation with the teacher, may vary depending on the training of children. Schools with profound studying of biology can pre-book a tour on any Zoological topic. These excursions are included, in particular, information on the latest discoveries of biology.
Tours can be booked by calling (812) 320-97-04 at the tour Desk of the Museum from 11:00 to 17:00.
Duration of excursion – 1 hour.