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Юліан МедведецькийThe geological museum of Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas is one of the largest and most remarkable museums in Europe and Ukraine regarding its richness, diversity and representation of minerals, rocks collections as well as collections of flora and fauna fossils. One of the founders was highly educated and talented geologist of Precarpathian Region, the scholar Yulian Medvetskiy (1845-1918) who received his education at Vienna University, where he was a student of the Department of Natural Studies. While working in the Department of Mineralogy of Lviv Technical Academy, Yulian Medvetskiy set to collection systemizing and formation of the museum. Up to the Second World War the museum was one of the best of its kind in Europe. In 1969 the geological museum changed its location. Now it is placed in Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas. Over 15,000 exhibits from all over the world were gathered during the period of museum existence which accounts for more than 130 years; many of these exhibits are unique and of great interest to professionals. On December 5, 2007 by the decision of the Cabinet of Ukraine “The mineralogical collection of the geological museum of Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas” entered the list of scientific objects that are national patrimony.