Top Choice Museum in Kazan

Hermitage Kazan

Located inside the former cadet school building, the Hermitage Kazan has top-flight rotating exhibitions, many of them from the collection of St Petersburg’s Hermitage.
Top Choice Museum in Kazan

Tatarstan Museum of Natural History

About a dozen rooms here tell the story of the planets, geology and minerals, and the development of life forms on Earth. The most interesting sections are on dinosaurs and the rise of mammals.
Top Choice Historic Site in Kazan


Kazan’s striking kremlin is home to government offices, pleasant parks, museums, the enormous Kul Sharif Mosque and other religious buildings. Among the highlights are the Hermitage Kazan gallery and the Tatarstan M…
Top Choice Mosque in Kazan

Kul Sharif Mosque

The Kul Sharif Mosque was completed in 2005 and is named after the imam who died defending the city against the troops of Ivan the Terrible in 1552. The museum inside tells the story of Islam, especially on the Volg…
Museum in Kazan

National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan

Opposite the kremlin’s main entrance, the National Museum occupies an ornate 1770 building and has a worthwhile archaeology collection as well as jewellery, weapons and exhibits on the history of the Tatar people an…
Library in Kazan

Tatarstan National Library

This small but extraordinary library dates from 1919, when several mid-19th-century houses were united and restyled to give each room its own art nouveau theme. Call ahead for English tours, or just drop by for one …
Museum in Kazan

Soviet Lifestyle Museum

Kazan's most unusual museum, packed with Soviet knick-knacks, is proof that Russia's socialist epoch fostered a lively contemporary cultural scene – especially music – in the 1970s and 1980s.
Mosque in Kazan

Soltanov Mosque

The Soltanov mosque, dating from 1867, is located near the central market in the Tatar quarter of town. The colourful interior has a rustic feel. Remove your shoes and make a donation.
Mosque in Kazan

Nurullah Mosque

The Nurullah mosque, one of the most historic of the 41 surviving mosques in Kazan, has been rebuilt several times since 1849. A shop sells Islamic paraphernalia. Remove your shoes and donate during the visit.
Church in Kazan

SS Peter & Paul Cathedral

This is Kazan’s most attractive Orthodox church, built between 1723 and 1726 to commemorate Peter the Great’s visit in 1722.