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Museum of the Kazan School of Chemistry

The museum is located in a two-story building in the courtyard of the Kazan University. At one point, this was the site where classes for the first Kazan University chemistry students were held, as well as the location of numerous laboratories. The first Professor of Chemistry was the outstanding Russian scientist Nikolay Zinin. It was within these walls of the present museum, where various scientific discoveries were made that brought international fame to Kazan University. In 1842, Zinin was the first to obtain synthetic aniline, and only two years later, ruthenium was also discovered here. In the Museum of the Kazan School of Chemistry there are no exhibit windows and no photography restrictions. The caretakers tried to keep the museum in the same condition as it was 200 years ago. Visitors can go through Butlerov's office, see the exhibits located inside antique glassed cabinets and read chemistry textbooks, all which have been carefully preserved here for many decades.

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