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Did you know that there is a museum in the world where it would take 11 years to view their collection? Not only that, the museum houses 50 cats that are, according to the director, as popular as Rembrandt. They have their own dedicated press officer and a dedicated kitchen. The museum also hires three full-time volunteers to look after them.
 
Amazing, right?
 
Do you know in which city this museum stands?
 
It is indeed the Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia.
 
John is right, there have been cats in the palace since Peter the Great’s daughter, Empress Elizabeth, issued a decree, in 1745, that the biggest cats, capable of catching mice, be sent immediately from Kazan to the court of her imperial majesty. Catherine the Great is thought to have favored Russian Blues as indoor palace cats.
 
The cats of the Hermitage live in a large cellar of almost 20 km long. It is well-equipped for comfortable living and hunting of the animals. Nothing limits the cats, they can free walk around, but not in the exposition halls. In the summertime, they prefer staying in the museum’s yard, enjoying the sun and not being bothered by the museum staff and guests
As the director of the state museum in Saint Petersburg says, the cats are even as popular as Rembrandt. Every cat has its own passport and a vet book.

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