The Museum was opened on September 1, 2003, at what was then Kazan State Pedagogical Institute at 1 Mezhlaouk Street, Kazan. The opening was in celebration of the Institute’s 130th anniversary. In 2006 it was transferred to 2 Tatarstan Street. After the merger with Kazan University the Museum was returned to its previous location at 1 Mezhlaouk Street in 2011.
Most items are materials donated by academics of the former pedagogical institute, their children and grandchildren.
The idea of a museum at the Pedagogical Institute first appeared in 1970s. The first museum opened in 1977 and was headed by Professor Munavir Tugaev. However, it was closed in 1980s because of the shortage of study rooms. Some of the items were lost after being transferred to a storage.
Zyamil Nigmatov, then Rector of Kazan State Pedagogical Institute, decided to revive the Museum in 2003. Larisa Kraeva came up with the concept and has worked as the Museum Curator since then.
The Museum's rich collection gives an insight into the history of pedagogical education in Kazan and in the world. Visitors can follow the development of pedagogical science and practice through time. The Museum moves in pace with the progress of education and adds new items to its display.