The Mining museum was established at the same time as Mining school on October, 21st (today November, 1st) 1773 and confirmed by the Order of Mining school on June, 28th, 1774.
In 1777 the king of Sweden Gustav III visited Saint-Petersburg and the collection of the Mineralogical room has been shown to him. He made the first official gift to the museum - 202 samples Swedish "ores, salts and stones".
Today Mining museum keeps unique collections of minerals, ores, rocks and paleontologic remains, the collections of models of mining machinary, cold arms, products of stone-cutting and jeweler art. Museum funds number more than 230 thousand exhibits which were collected from all continents and more than from 80 countries of the world. The museum occupies the best smart historical halls in the building of Mining University with a total area of 4000 sq. m.
The unique architectural ensemble of Mining University was constructed in 1806-1811 by outstanding Russian architect A.N.Voronihin. In 1821 - 1826 the interiors of Mining museum have been reconstructed by his successor architect A.I.Postnikov in classical traditions.
By the decree of the President of the Russian Federation No 1112 from July, 30th, 1996 Saint-Petersburg State Mining University was included in the State code of especially valuable objects of cultural heritage of the Russian Federation