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in the past, the name for various collections of historical, artistic, and natural-science rarities and the places that housed them. In the 16th and 17th centuries, many princely and royal courts had their own Kunstkameras. The term is no longer used.

Peter I founded a Kunstkamera in St. Petersburg in 1714; it opened in 1719. Originally it primarily contained objects from Peter’s private collections, acquired during his travels in Western Europe, but it was soon supplemented by a variety of national and foreign materials. In 1724 the Kunstkamera was made part of the Academy of Sciences and transformed into a multifaceted museum. In 1727 the collections were relocated in a single building designed and built for them.

In the 1830’s, because of the abundance of materials, the Kunstkamera was divided into several museums by subject, including anatomy, ethnography, botany, and zoology. The Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR inherited the Kunstkamera’s ethnographical and anatomical collections and its premises.


Lipman, A. Petrovskaia Kunstkamera. Moscow-Leningrad, 1945.
Staniukovich, T. V. Kunstkamera Peterburgskoi AN. Moscow-Leningrad, 1953.


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Arriving in Vienna, the jewels of this voyage become even more opulent, with visits to the Schonbrunn Palace, the Winter Palace and the Kunstkammer Wien, which houses some of Europe's greatest treasures.
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One of the prime attractions inside is the Kunstkammer Vienna (chamber of art and wonders), reopened in 2013 in a stunning permanent display, which includes precious artworks and knick-knacks from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque era collected by various royals across the centuries.
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25) On the lack of morality in the gallery, see D'Arcy, "Faerie King's Kunstkammer," and Fletcher, "Sir Orfeo and the Enchanters.
A la muerte de Rodolfo 11, Arcimboldo regreso a Milan, donde fallecio el 11 de julio de 1593; luego, el museo Kunstkammer, donde hasta entonces se conservaban sus obras, fue robado durante la Guerra de los 30 Anos (1618-1648), por lo que sus composiciones desaparecieron en colecciones privadas.
In Renaissance Europe, where the practice probably started, such rooms were known as Kunstkammer (treasure room) or Wunderkammer, (room of wonders).
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