Nadezhda V. Slepkova
Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya nab.,1, St. Petersburg, 199034, Russia
The "Book of the Prominent Visitors" from St. Petersburg's Branch of the Archives of the Russian Academy of Sciences keeps memory of four visits. 6th (19th) February, 1901 was the opening-day: 25 members of the tsar's family and 56 higher governmental officials were present. Emperor Nicholas II, Empress Marie, Grand Duke Constantin Constantinovich, Grand Duchess Elizaveta Mavrikievna signed in the book. On March 13, 1902 Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra, Grand Duke Sergey Alexandrovich, Grand Duchess Elizaveta Fedorovna, Grand Duke Constantin Constantinovich and Grand Duchess Elizaveta Mavrikievna visited the Museum to see the cadaver of Berezovsky Mammoth just delivered to St. Petersburg. Nicholas II and Alexandra signed in the book. On 24th August, 1903 Museum was visited by the Grand Duke Constantin with his children Joann, Gavriil, Tatiana, Constantin, Oleg and Igor and his sisters Olga and Vera. Olga - Her Majesty the Queen of Hellenes - was with her son prince Christopher. On 1 June 1911 Seid-Esfendiar-Bogadur-Khan, Khan of Khiva visited Museum. Additional sources, such as photographs from Archives of Film and Photographic Documents (St. Petersburg) and newspapers were used.