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Culture news, 24.01.2002 17:48

Peter I established a marine museum in St. Petersburg 273 years ago.

Emperor Peter I signed a decree for establishing the Model Cabinet, which became a predecessor of the existing Central Naval Museum, on January 24, 1709.

The Model Cabinet was a division of the Admiralty and performed designing for ships to be built. Here drawings were stored and ship prototypes were built. In 1805 the Model Cabinet was transformed into the Marine Museum, and since this time the collection has been quickly enriching. Some of the exhibits were gifts of the Royal Family, some were brought by naval officers from their voyages. Up to 1939 the museum was situated in the Admiralty, then the unique collection was transferred to the Stock Exchange Building. About 800 thousand exhibits, including quite a lot of rarities, are stored in the museum's funds.

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