Baikal Museum, Listvyanka

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Discover Siberian flora and fauna and learn more about the origin and history of the lake at Baikal Museum. The museum features 11 aquariums with 20 types of fish, as well as endemic species of mammals, such as by the Baikal seal. See the maps of the area, models of the lake bed, a collection of minerals, and samples of recent bottom sediments. You can watch a 20-minute film with shots made at the deepest point of the lake: 1,637 m (5,371 ft) below sea level. Indigenous trees, lianas, and other plants, including some medicinal herbs, grow in an arboretum next to the museum. See Baikal Museum and all Listvyanka has to offer by arranging your trip with our Listvyanka trip builder tool.
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  • Me, my wife and two of our friends visited this museum in summer. Can't understand why there are so many excellent reviews, really... We saw an old building pleading for renovation and unsuitable for....  more »
  • So interesting to come and find out more about this amazing lake! After touring around for a few days we stopped here and found so many incredible interesting facts about the place! The museum is not....  more »
  • Loved this little museum and it came in very handy with us homeschooling Mongolian Expats. The kids got a lesson on the lake and landforms which worked in well with their current units of enquiry and....  more »
  • A lovely museum but only 3 stars because most of the great exhibits were lost on me, being only written in Russian. I appreciate language complexities of tourists in this region - cant have everything in 5 languages!! The exhibits are really comprehensive and professional range of displays. The aquarium was a lovely surprise as was the virtual "submarine trip" - worth the extra fee
  • Not much to see. The exposition is a combination of screens with bronze monuments standing aside. The only part that we liked was a short lecture (in Russian) with a microscope. The place is crowded by Chinese tourists that seem to get the vibe. My picture shows one of the exhibitions. Most of the content is unavailable for a non-Russian speaker.
  • It's a wonderful place to learn more about lake Baikal. Rich information and inspired us about this important place in Russia. It can be found up above the space.
  • This is the only modern museum with a good and interesting exhibition and planty of important information of the at least 8 museums, I have visited in the last 3 weeks between Tomsk and Irkutsk. Unfortunately most of explanations are only in Russian. Clearly not enough English and some mineral names are wrong. The names lack chemical formulas. But good models and nature exhibits with aquaria, good maps, and even living Baikal seals, unfortunately in a much too small basin.
  • It is probably great if you speak Russian. However, there was minimum of help for people who do not understand russian. The worst part is the fact that they have two Baikal seals swimming between two very, very small fish tanks - which is animal cruelty. Would not have visited the museum, if I knew that was happening...

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