Museum and Exhibition Center of the Institute of Physiology named after I.P. Pavlov
of The Russian Academy of Science (RAS)
Museum of Ivan Pavlov in Koltushi
In 1932−1935 the Soviet government built the Biostation of the Institute of Experimental Medicine — the first science city in Russia 22 km from Leningrad in the village of Koltushi for the first Russian Nobel Prize laureate (1904) Academician Ivan Petrovich Pavlov.

It was the most modern scientific base at that time, where Soviet biologists and physiologists had to work and live. The main laboratory of the scientific town was engaged in experimental genetics of higher nervous activity. These words still adorn the facade of the constructivist two-story building in which Academician Pavlov worked for the last 10 years of his life.

The name of the laboratory itself is striking in its relevance — the scientific directions declared in it predetermined the development of science for 100 years ahead. Today Pavlovskie Koltushi are part of the Pavlov Institute of Physiology of the Russian Academy of Sciences and have become a UNESCO heritage site. Since 1949 museum has been operating in the laboratory building on the second floor — the memorial apartment of Academician Pavlov.

The first floor is occupied by the exhibition "New Anthropology" created jointly by scientists of the institute and artists in the framework of a project supported by a grant from the Presidential Grants Foundation in 2018. The historical complex also includes the building of the New Laboratory, Pavlov’s Anthropoidnik, cottages of employees, a landscape park with paths paved by the Nobel laureate himself on foot and on bike rides.

At the same time, the institute itself, named after Pavlov, continues its work. It went far beyond the boundaries of the historic scientific town and is a vast territory with buildings from different periods of the Soviet era. In the buildings there are scientific laboratories in which modern biological science is done: genetics, molecular biology, integrative physiology, neurophysiology, cognitive science etc.
Over the years that have passed since the death of Pavlov in 1936, many outstanding scientists — students and followers of Pavlov worked at the institute — and significant discoveries and developments were made which are still used today in agriculture, medicine, sports, education, defense and space, industries. Such outstanding scientists as academician L.A. Orbeli (academician who saved Russian genetics), academician V.N. Chernigovsky (founder of space medicine), professor L.A. Firsov (outstanding Soviet primatologist), academician A.M. Ugolev worked here (world famous Soviet physiologist) and many others.

All scientists who have ever worked at the Institute of Physiology — students and followers of Ivan Petrovich Pavlov — constitute Pavlov’s scientific school.

The Pavlov School exposition contains two meanings and two parts. "Pavlov's School" as a scientific school which is represented by a museum exposition and a school as a place and process of transfer of knowledge and experience, where visitors and friends of the museum can immerse themselves in the unique atmosphere of the Pavlov’s science city which contributes to the education of talented scientists.


  1. Veranda. Pavlov and his inner circle. Immersive installation by Lyudmila Belova "Veranda Reflection"

  2. Pavlov’s office. Pavlov and Science. Video — Marina Alekseeva "Pavlov behind the tribune", Pavlov’s table

  3. Living room. Unscientific history of the institute. Video mapping — Marina Alekseeva and Yuri Elik. Sound — Igor Potsukailo. Engineering — Dmitry Boyko.

  4. Institute after Pavlov. The evolution of the scientific laboratories of the Institute from Academician Orbeli to the present day. Installation "Rhizome of Pavlov’s Science" - Sergei Denisov. Opera installation "Pavlov's Session" - Dmitry Shubin and Pavel Ignatiev.

  5. Corridor. The history of the scientific town. Diorama. Interactive map of Koltushi — Evgeny Strelkov, Dmitry Khazan.

  6. Silent camera 1. Study of conditioned reflexes. Sound — Dmitry Shubin
  7. Reflexology of Russian Verse — Pavel Arseniev
  8. Silent camera 2. Space biology and medicine. Biology of extreme conditions. Audio-visual system "Man-machine-man" - Boris Shershenkov.

  9. Natural technologies of biological systems. Academician A.M. Ugolev. Sound installation — Daria Rozina, Ivan Bobrov, Evgeny Minevsky. Installation "Archey Memory Farm" - Where the Dogs Run, Veronica Kozyayeva, Tatiana Kurgin.

  10. Cognitive science. The study of intelligence in primates, rats, mice and other animals. Video mapping — Yuri Elik.

  11. Pavlov’s longevity. Walks, gardening, park. Video tour of the park "The river of the life. Reflex of freedom" - Olga Egorova, Nina Gasteva, Mikhail Ivanov, dog Coyra.

  12. Installation "Vision" - VA_Lab and Alexander Artyugin

  13. Window on the stairs. "Indicator of environment U4" Ivan Karpov and Daniil Koronkevich.

  14. The park. Sculpture "Pavlov's substance" - Dmitry and Elena Kawarga

  • Curator: Irina Aktuganova
  • Producer: Anna Apollonova
  • Historical and scientific content: Larisa Andreeva
  • Project curators from the institute: Deputy Director of the Institute for Science Dr. Elena Rybnikova and Deputy Director of the Institute for Development Irina Gavrilenko.
  • PR: Varvara Busova
  • Editor: Anfisa Rodionova
  • Designers: Ksenia Belaya, Natalia Krymskaya

The project was implemented with the support of a grant from the President of the Russian Federation for the development of civil society provided by the Presidential Grants Foundation.