The National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan was opened in 1895. From the very beginning the huge collection of things and antiquities of archaeologist and historian of Kazan Andrey Likhachev was exhibited in it. The museum, occupying the building of the Gostiny Dvor of the beginning of XIX, contains 800 thousand exhibits! And the architectural ensemble of the Gostiny Dvor in the style of Russian classicism, erected on the Kremlin hill in 1815, deserves a separate excursion.
Tourists and Kazan residents point at an excellent organization of the exposition and the clear division of exhibits in the epochs. So if one wants to understand the history of Tatarstan, he just has to go there. The most famous item of the National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan is the carriage in which Empress Catherine II arrived to Kazan. It is also interesting to look at the stuffed largest beluga fish that was once caught in the Volga. Manuscript books of the XV-XX centuries, a collection of faience and porcelain, coins, weapons and archaeological finds are among the precious things of the museum.