5 museums of prominent Russian writers in Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is known as Russia’s cultural capital mainly because of the large number of museums, galleries and other establishments that display the richness and fullness of Russian culture. Among these places are the former houses of great Russian writers and poets, which have now also become museums. These ‘apart-museums’ acquaint visitors with the lives of these great literary figures and  the layout of the apartments has remained the same. They say that the walls keep many secrets, so a visit to these former apartments might just get them to whisper a thing or two to you too.

Pushkin’s museum-apartment

This is the apartment where the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin spent the last months of his life. It’s located in an old mansion that belonged to the Volkonsky family, on the Moika Embankment. The apartment in which the Pushkin family lived consisted of 11 rooms. Pushkin lived there from September 1896 up until February the following year, when he died from a fatal wound, inflicted during a duel with the French poet Dantes.

Today, the apartment still looks the same. The exposition includes the sofa Pushkin died on, a ringlet of his hair, his posthumous mask made by Galberg, various personal belongings of the poet, his family and friends, his manuscripts and so on.

Opening hours: every day from 10.30 AM to 6 PM, except Tuesdays and the last Friday of each month

Admission: about 2$

Address: 12 Naberezhnaya reki Moiki


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Dostoevsky’s museum-apartment

Dostoevsky’s novels and stories have become international literary classics. Some of his works, like ‘Crime and Punishment’, are not only read world-wide, but are part of the curriculum in the schools and universities of many countries.  He drew his inspiration from Saint Petersburg, where he lived the most part of his life. The writer spent hours looking out the windows of the apartment, where he started out as a writer and eventually died in (although he moved several times in-between) and observed passerbys, their lives, and behavior. Here he wrote his last novel “The Brothers Karamazov”. This museum – apartment has miraculously preserved the spirit of that time and the atmosphere of the life of the Russian genius. Interior wise, this is a typical 19th century apartment, divided into several parts, with a hall, dining room, drawing room, and a washroom. The office, where Dostoevsky worked for hours on end creating his works is of particular interest. The museum features the writer’s personal belongings, giving visitors a chance to find out more about the life and habits of Dostoyevsky.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 11 AM to 6 PM

Address: 5/2 Kuznechny pereulok


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Nekrasov’s museum-apartment

Nikolay Nekrasov is a 19th century Russian poet, writer, critic, and publisher.  His deeply compassionate poems about peasant Russia made him the hero of liberal and radical circles of Russian intelligentsia. He moved to this house because the love of his life Avdotya Panaeva lived there, with her husband Ivan. They met at one of the poetry meetings and fell in love. Nekrasov then moved in, and lived with Avdotya and Ivan for 16 years, till Ivan’s death. Nekrasov occupied a separate apartment in the house, but everybody knew that all of them lived together.  This was a highly criticized love triangle, seen by many as something completely bizarre.  By the way, this house attracted many a Russian intelligentsia, mostly writers and poets and publishers. Dostoevsky was one of them. They spent evenings and nights reading prose and verse, sharing opinions and looking for inspiration, which then was embodied on paper.

The museum houses a collection of Nekrasov’s first manuscripts, his belongings, portraits, paintings, and photos. The Panaev’s apartment is open to visitors too.

Opening Hours: 10.30 AM to 6 PM

Admission: about 2$

Address: 36 Liteiny Prospect


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Blok’s museum-apartment

Alexander Block was a Russian lyrical poet of the beginning of the 20th century, which is referred to as the Silver Age of Russian poetry. Alexander Blok’s museum-apartment was founded in 1980, in honor of the centenary anniversary of the writer, in the apartment where Blok lived for 9 years until his death.  In these walls, outstanding poems and poetry cycles were composed by the writer.

The museum occupies 2 floors. One part of the museum is on the 2nd floor and it is devoted to his works. Here you’ll find numerous editions of his poetry and manuscripts. The other part of the museum is located on the 4th floor. There is a memorial apartment, with the recreated interior of the writer’s office, bedroom, dining room and his wife’s drawing room.  Every room is filled with household items and furniture from his everyday life. Hence, a visit to the apartment plunges one into the daily life of Alexander Blok.

Opening hours:

Monday, Thursday – Saturday – from 11 AM – 6 PM (The ticket office closes at 5 PM),

Tuesday – 11 AM – 5 PM (The ticket office closes at 4 PM),

Wednesday is day-off.

Address: 57 Dekabristov ulitsa


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Nabokov’s museum-apartment

Who doesn’t know Vladimir Nabokov’s famous and controversial work “Lolita”? This prominent novel has been filmed twice, been a musical, there are four stage-plays, one completed opera, and two ballets.  Say nothing about his other works. But did you know that he was originally from Saint Petersburg and born in this very apartment that is now museum? It is not the only the place connected with Nabokov and turned into the museum. Here is where he called home. He called it “The only house in the world”. Nabokov’ family was forced to leave the country when Vladimir was 18 years old, but the image of his childhood home remained forever imprinted in his soul. The museum was opened in 1998, in honor of his 100th birthday anniversary. The museum’s collection is not very extensive, since little was safed following the family’s move to Germany and then USA. Exhibits include the writer’s personal belongings — pencils, handles, manuscripts, family albums. Many exhibits were sent from abroad, these include a collection Nabokov’s first editions.

Opening hours:

Tuesday – Friday – from 11 AM to 6 PM

Saturday and Sunday – from 12 PM to 5 PM

Monday is day-off.

Admission is free

Address: 47 Bolshaya Morskaya ulitsa


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