Saransk is a town of myths and legends, with a chequered past and big plans for the future. Remembering his trip to Saransk, Leo Tolstoy wrote in 1906: “Old pines with long trunks and short crowns. The soil is black, and a little stony… Backwoods. The Sura River, and the best sturgeon ever.” By 2018, when the FIFA World Cup arrives here, the myths of Saransk will have been transformed into architecture.
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Saransk 2018 | Mineralogy MuseumAfter the Local History Museum, walk down Moskovskaya Ulitsa towards Sovetskaya UlitsaAfter the Local History Museum, walk down Moskovskaya Ulitsa towards Sovetskaya Ulitsa
Museums and galleries
Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
After the Local History Museum, walk down Moskovskaya Ulitsa towards Sovetskaya Ulitsa. After a 15-minute walk that will take you once again through Pushkin Park, you will come to the Mineralogy Museum. The museum is a branch of the Geography Department of Mordovia State University. Its collection is comprised of all the principal minerals, rocks and mineral resources of Russia, the CIS and other countries. The museum collection numbers over 5,000 items, half of which are on display.