State Darwin Museum, Moskva, Russia  

The State Darwin Museum (SDM) was built in Moscow in 1907, under pressure and persuasion from A.F. Kots, a young Russian scientist who was very fond of Darwin. It is said to have been the first museum of natural history in the world.

There are more than 5,000 items occupying the three floors of the museum. One of the more impressive sections has a plethora of dinosaur models, presented with a fabulous dinosaur soundtrack. SDM presents a complete scientific picture of the evolution of the living world, and a large display showing the variety of wildlife on earth, with animals from all climatic zones from the North Pole to the South.

One of the largest collections of the museum is the birds collection, which consists of many exotic species, including hummingbirds and birds of paradise.

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