The National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan

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The museum is located 50 metres (164 feet) away from the entrance to the Spasskaya Tower of the Kremlin, across from the Ploschad Pervogo Maya (Pervogo Maya Square) with its monument to the heroic poet Musa Dzhalil. The museum is located in the former Guest House that was nicknamed a "behemoth" back in the 19th century for its massive size. This is Russia's largest regional museum fund with more than 910,000 items. The largest is the archeological fund with 270,000 items, which consists of ancient and medieval history collections, including a unique Bulgarian collection and benchmark collections of the Bronze Age, Ananyino culture and the Middle Ages. The exhibits are not limited to local history: the Museum is also known for its Egyptian, Classical and Far Eastern collections. One of the noteworthy exhibits is the inner painted sarcophagus of the Egyptian woman Nesy-ta-Udjat-akhet that was made in Thebes in the times of the 21st dynasty (9th century BC). The Tatar ethnographic collection and collection of golden coins that includes staters from the time of Alexander the Great, Byzantine solidi, Eastern, Western European and Russian coins are considered to be truly unique. The fund of written materials has more than 130,000 documents including 16th-century title patents from the Kazan khan.