Baikal museum Reviews
educational spot Jan 20, 2015
The Baikal Museum gives an overview of the unique flora and fauna. The museum is part of the Limnological Institute (created in 1928 as a research station and was converted in 1961 in an institution). The museum is open daily from 09:00 to 19:00 clock (in winter 09:00 - 17:00 clock).
Address: Ulitsa Akademicheskaya 1 (just behind it is the driveway to the hotel Pribaikalskaja.
The Baikal Museum is located on the shore of Lake Baikal, at the outlet of the Angara River, about 70 km southwest of the city of Irkutsk. And about 4 km from the village of Listvyanka, further along the shore of Baikal, where the highway from Irkutsk ends. The famous Shaman Rock in the middle of the Angara outlet is visible from the Museum. One can get there from Irkutsk by bus, or in the summer by boat (fast hydrofoils). The Museum's mission is to collect, protect, study and demonstrate exhibits and information related to the Lake Baikal. In the slide show above you can view examples of the museum's exhibits.
Baikal is the deepest lake in the world - its maximum depth is 1637 m, i.e., slightly more than one mile. It contains very pure water that one can drink directly from the lake. It is the home of a large number, more than 1200, of endemic species. The most famous of which is the Baikal freshwater seal, called nerpa. More than 330 rivers are flowing into Baikal, and only a single one, Angara, is flowing out of the Lake.
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