THE PUSHKIN MUSEUM
Sparkling, severe, austere and radiant -
this is how St. Petersburg appeared to
Alexander Pushkin. He wrote this
description sitting at his desk in his
flat located at 12 Moika Embankment. At
that time he had no idea that within a
short time, in January 1837, he would be
brought to his beloved study mortally
wounded. While he lay wounded his
friends, acquaintances and ordinary
local residents kept vigil in the
pantry, concerned for the health of
Russia's greatest poet.
Pushkin's working chair, his bureau, and
several of the canes used by the author
are on display at the museum. The
atmosphere and arrangement of Pushkin's
home has been virtually reproduced
according to the memories of his
contemporaries as well as according to
plans that described the former setup of
the house during the time that Pushkin
lived there. The many visitors to the
museum are not merely curious tourists,
but guests of the home. Visitors will
experience the amazing opportunity of
walking through the rooms where Pushkin
once walked, viewing many objects that
Pushkin once touched and imagining that
tragic evening when he passed away.
Then, descending the narrow staircase,
visitors can attempt to unravel the
secret of Pushkin's love for life.
Open: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Closed on TUE
and on the last FRI of every month.
12 Moyka River Emb.
DOSTOYEVSKY LITERARY MEMORIAL MUSEUM
It was difficult for Dostoevsky to
remain in the same residence for any
extended period of time. During the time
that he lived in St. Petersburg he
changed his address about 20 times, most
often renting flats in corner houses.
The house on the corner of Kuznechny
Pereulok and what is now Dostoyevsky
Street was his last port of call. When
his widow Anna left St. Petersburg in
1917, she put his belongings in storage
but they subsequently disappeared.
In 1971 it was decided to restore the
flat on Kuznechny Pereulok for the 150th
anniversary of the author's birth. His
descendants assisted with the project:
Andrey Dostoyevsky presented the museum
with a priceless collection dedicated to
his grandfather's memory, while the
writer's great-niece Maria donated
several family heirlooms which formed
the basis for the display. To this day
additions are still being made including
graphic art, photographs, theatre
posters and programs. In addition the
museum has its own cinema where films
and shows based on Dostoyevsky's works
Open: 11 a.m - 5 a.m Closed on MON
and on the last WED of every month.
5/2 Kuznechny Alley
ALEXANDER BLOK FLAT-MUSEUM
The museum consists of two flats, both
former residences of Alexander Blok,
which are located in the same building
and share a single front door. Blok
resided in the third floor flat for
seven and a half years and in the second
floor flat (owned by his mother) during
the last year and a half of his life.
The room where Blok died holds three
exhibits - his death mask, the
notification of his death (plastered all
around the city by shocked students),
and Bruni's drawing entitled, "Blok on
his Deathbed". The latter is all the
more valuable, because it was drawn with
the poet's own blue pencil on the cover
of a notepad taken from his desk.
The next room holds a literary display
which traces the writer's career. There
is also a section devoted to Blok's work
after the revolution located on the
third floor. However, visitors are often
more interested in the memorial flat
where the decor and arrangement of the
flat have been recreated to resemble its
former setup during the poet's lifetime.
Open: 11a.m - 5 p.m, TUE till 4 p.m.
Closed on WED and on the last TUE of
57 Dekabristov Str.
Nabokov's "Lolita" was one of the most
shoking novels written in the 20th
century. Some rejected it, some were
enthralled by it, but all recognised the
author's undoubted talent. For this
reason, strange as it may seem, the
Nabokov Museum is visited by both fans
and critics of the author. Many visitors
will have the opportunity to see a new
programme entitled "Nabokov and France",
part of a series of programmes entitled
"Nabokov and Foreign Countries". The
programme casts light on the influence
of French language and culture on
Vladimir Nabokov's work. Those who wish
to, can take part in a seminar and
listen to literature and music prepared
specially for the event, or they can
visit a photographic exhibition by Katya
Golitsyn called "Paris Cafes" and
Open: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed on MON,
47 Bolshaya Morskaya Str.
ANNA AKHMATOVA MUSEUM, FONTANNY DOM
(HOUSE) MUSEUM "THE SILVER AGE"
The country's first, and for a long time
the only, museum dedicated to Anna
Akhmatova - an enigmatic woman who is
known as one of the most amazing female
poets in Russia. In addition to
information on the life of Akhmatova,
due to the connections to her work, the
museum consists of an evergrowing
display of fragments from the life and
work of the great poet Nikolay Gurnilev.
The display is arranged in chronological
order. The ten rooms represent ten eras:
"Imperial", "Slepnevo", "The Stray Dog",
"Gumilev", "St. Petersburg 1", "St.
Petersburg 2", "Requiem", "Komarovo -
Abroad", "Poem Without a Hero" and "The
Open: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed on MON
and on the last WED of every month.
34 Fontanka River Emb. (a wing of the