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THE MUSEUM COMPLEX

A complex of unique museums, herbarium and the largest Russian specialized forest science oriented library are the pride of the Forest Technical University.

Museum of Forest Entomology named after M.N. Rimskiy-Korsakov was founded in 1885 at the Department of Zoology at the initiative of outstanding biologist N.A. Kholodkovskiy. Its collection consists of the following parts: taxonomy and general entomology, soil pests, young growth pests, needle and leaf-eating insects, bark beetles, technical pests, seed pests, hardwood pests, and floral pests. Museum of Forest Entomology is a unique and famous for its biological collections which present mature insects, pre-adult stages, samples of damage, and so on. The collection amounts more than 5,000 insects and is used as an “open manual” for not only students, but also many scientists-entomologists.

Museum of Forest Animals and Birds named after A.A. Silantyev was founded in 1895–1899 by A.A. Silantyev and N.A. Kholodkovskiy. It contains an exposition of forest animals and birds, representatives of major orders and families of forest mammals and birds, and also a collection of hunting equipment. Here one can see 1,000 stuffed animals and birds, about 50 units of hunting equipment of North nations, collections of nests, animal’s and bird’s footprints, horns, and eggs.

Forestry Museum named after G.F. Morozov gives its visitors – schoolchildren, students, specialists, researchers – an open view of forest nature, its geography, structure and dynamics of forest communities, ecosystems of different types of forest. Exhibits-models represent particular interest, illustrating stages of forest stands formation and development, techniques of up-to-date cuttings, and also reafforestation process at cuttings.

Soil and Geological Museum was created at the Department of Soil Science more than 130 years ago. Collection of minerals and rocks is presented by groups and geological periods, and that of soils – by climatic zones. The unique collection of soil cores collected more than 100 years ago is of exceptional value.

Herbarium named after I.P. Borodin (with the status of National patrimony) includes type specimens which were used for original descriptions of plant species. Funds amount 170,000 units, learning herbarium – 9,000 samples. The Herbarium has several main parts: domestic flora, world flora, woody plants, and herbarium of Willows and Poplars (7,680 specimens).

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