The Brain Evolution Museum


The red brick buildings in Obukha Lane are occupied by an establishment with a curious history, the Brain Evolution Museum of the Research Institute of the Brain of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Otto von Dessien built the Evangelical Hospital buildings in the Vorontsovo Pole district following an initiative of Moscow-based German entrepreneurs. People of all religious beliefs were treated here free of charge. And after the Revolution and Lenin’s death, these premises became a laboratory to study Vladimir Ilyich’s brain to obtain scientific evidence of his genius. This work was directed by the German neurologist Oskar Vogt.


By the end of the 1920’s, the laboratory had grown, accumulated its own collection, and turned into a research institute for the study of the brain. Yet no physiological evidence of genius had been found.

At present, the Research Institute of the Brain studies problems associated with the structural and functional basis of brain function and brain plasticity mechanisms. The Institute runs a Brain Evolution Museum, the only museum of this kind in Russia and the CIS. Here visitors can see an exposition on the phylogenesis of the nervous system, which consists of over 300 exhibits, and learn about the specifics of the human brain’s development and structure. At the Brain Evolution Museum of the Research Institute of the Brain of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, one has an opportunity to listen to a cycle of lectures on neurophysiology and get to know how the animal and human nervous systems work.


The Brain Evolution Museum is a unique study guide that provides comprehensive information on the structure, development, functions, and mechanisms of the mammalian nervous system. And specialists will be able to find here answers to their questions on neurophysiology, psychiatry, and neurology.

The Museum opened its doors in 1928, and its walls still carry traces of a demolition bomb that exploded nearby during the Great Patriotic War. The Museum’s building is a monument of neo-gothic architecture: long windows spanning several storeys and hidden by the branches of the trees growing in the park look impressive and mysterious. Being here, one feels a veil of history that one wants to look behind.


Telephone: (495) 917-8007, 917-3648
Address: 5 Obukha Lane, Moscow




16.05.2019 CME Credits Update

The scientific programme is accredited with 14 WPA Education credits (14 CME).

Foreign participants will receive WPA Educational Credits Certificates via e-mail.


24.01.2019 The deadline for the submission of abstracts has been extended

Dear colleagues,
Hereby we are informing you that, in accordance with the decision of the Organizing
Committee of the international conference “Centenary of community based psychiatry:
Landmarks and Perspectives”, 
the deadline for the submission of abstracts has been extended until March 01, 2019 (inclusive).
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