History Museum

Western European Russia

This gorgeous mustard-coloured building is home to a range of different galleries over two floors, covering natural and local history. Displays include medieval knight armory, a 26kg gold-plated bible and a wooly mammoth skeleton from Siberia (the tusks are a replica).

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