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Kazan Federal University is the only university in Russia to possess its own unique combination of different museums. The University's Royal Charter of 1804 established the Cabinet of Natural History and the Mineral Cabinet, the foundation for the present day Mineral-GeologicalZoological and Botanical Museums. The Cabinet of Rarities, the foundation for the Ethnographic and Archeological Museums, was established in 1815. The Museum of the Kazan School of Chemistry was first founded in 1863 as Alexander Butlerov's Cabinet-Museum. The foundation of the present day Museum of the History of Kazan University was laid when a 'memorial zone' was created in 1948.

KFU museums enjoy international repute for their quality. Information on their collections can be found in international catalogs and reference books. The collections are used for educational, research and cultural purposes.