Pushkin Apartment Museum - St Petersburg Russia

Pushkin Apartment Museum

12 nab. reki Moiki 191187 St. Petersburg
Open: 1 lam - 5pm
Closed: Tuesdays and the last Friday of every month
Tel. 311-3531,311-3801
Nearest metro stations: Nevsky prospekt and Gostiny Dvor

There is hardly any Russian person who doesn't know Alexander Pushkin, the greates poet of all times. No wonder his apartment museum is among the most popular sights not only in St Petersburg but Russia as well. It is in this apartment that he spent last 4 months of his life: from 12 Oct 1836 to his death after a duel on 29 Jan 1837. In 1925 a museums was opened here to slightly open the curtains of how the great poet lived. 

The house on the Moika was built in the 1720s and later underwent repeated reconstructions. It is associated with such well-known figures of Russian history as Ernst-Johann Biron, Duke of Courland, the favourite of the Empress Anna loannovna, who lived here in the 18th century, and Princess Maria Nikolayevna Volkonskaya, wife of the famous general Sergei Volkonsky and owner of this house in the first quarter of the 19th century.

In 1987 the entire building was turned over to the museum. The apartment has been restored to look exactly as it did in Pushkin's last days and even hours. The interiors of the apartment the lobby, pantry, dining-room, drawing-room, bedroom, nursery and the poet's study - were reconstructed with the aid of sketches made by the poet Vasily Zhukovsky at the time of Pushkin's death. Here one can see pieces of furniture and bric-a-brac typical of a traditional Petersburg interior of the 1830s. Each room also houses authentic objects that belonged to the poet's family.

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