PALEONTOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF THE LVIV NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

Paleontological Museum of the Lviv National University was founded in 1852-1853 by the professor of botany G. Lobazhevskyi. Till 1895 geological, geognostic and mineralogical cabinets existed at the Lviv University.
In 1905 the museum collection was divided, and great part of it was handed down to the new Geologic-Palaeontological Institute.
Professor Zyber (the first head of the Geologic Department) in 1905 initiated the foundation of Geologic Museum as separate independent unit.
In 1963 the Geologic Museum moved to the University building on 4, Hryshvskyi st., where it is situated now.
In February of 2002 the Geological Museum was renamed in Paleontological Museum. It was done according to the decision of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Geology.
The collection of samples of rocks and remnants of fossilized fauna and flora from different regions of the world, that compose base of the Paleontological Museum of the Lviv National University, was founded as far back as the beginning of the 19th century.
L. Tseishner was the first to begin the collection of paleontological samples in 40s of 19th century. Lomnyz’kyi, Semirads’kyi and Fridberg replenished museum funds having contributed new collections during the second half of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century. Great contribution to replenishment of the museum collections made famous polish geologists Pazdro and Kokoshins’ka.
The museum collections are permanently replenished by unique samples. Now there are nearly 18 thousands of rare geologic ones (mostly paleontological), found in different parts of the world (Arctic, Australia, Asia, Europe, England, Germany and etc.).
Museum exposition allows to show history of Earth’s geologic development and evolutional development of organic world. Now museum exposition is represented by five subdivisions:

In Paleontological Museum a unique exposition of mammoths is placed. Prettily interesting are samples of the artificial instruments of primitive peoples found on the territory of Western Ukraine. The most valuable museum’s samples are paleontological collection of Mesozoic and Cenozoic periods found in Western Europe.
Based on the museum’s materials 40 scientific works were published. Museum exposition is used by students of geologic, biological and geographic faculties of Lviv National University. Museum is also visited by students of other institutes of higher education of Lviv, Kyiv, Rivne, Drohobych, Lytz’k and by visitors from abroad too.
Using museum funds is an integrand part of studying and scientific work. Fossils of ancient plants and animals, skeletons, the shells allow to create a life evolution picture on our planet during million hundreds years.