The Pushkin Country House museum
The Pushkin Country House museum in Pushkin town
The Pushkin Country House Museum was opened in 1958 in Pushkin town (formerly, Tsarskoye Selo). It is situated in a one-storied wooden country house whose original architectural shape has been preserved.
It was built in 1827 (architect V. Gornostayev) and belonged to A. Kitayeva, the widow of the Senior Gentleman of the Bed Chamber. Pushkin rented eight rooms in Kitayeva’s house from May till mid-September 1831 and there he enjoyed his first summer of family life with his young wife Natalia. There Pushkin met with his friends including Nikolay Gogol and Vasily Zhukovsky, discussed literature and politics, entertained his relatives, walked in the Catherine garden and Tsarskoe Selo environs (districts/vicinity). The museum interiors have been recreated according to the memories of Pushkin’s contemporaries, and materials exhibited in the rooms illustrate the poet’s life and work at that time.
Soon after his wedding Pushkin wrote to Pyotr Pletnyov: «I need a special study — and the rest doesn’t matter. In this study – which has been recreated in the mezzanine - Pushkin wrote many of his masterpieces including «The Tale of the Tsar Saltan», and Onegin’s Letter to Tatiana.
Notably, another section of the exhibition is devoted to Nickolay Karamzin and Vasily Zhoukovsky — Pushkin’s senior contemporaries and literary mentors, who also lived in Tsarskoe Selo.
Museum address: 2, Puskinskaya Street, Pushkin, St. Petersburg, 196607
Telephone: +7 812 476 69 90
To get here:
By train: Suburban trains from Vitebsky railway terminal to the «Detskoye selo» station (25 kilometers, travel time – about 30 minutes), further — by bus # 371;
By shuttle bus: # 187 shuttle bus from “Moskovskaya” metro station
Opening hours: Open daily except Monday, Tuesday and the last Friday of each month, 10:30 am - 6:00 pm (the ticket-office closes at 5:00 pm).
Price of tickets:
Adults - 150 roubles
Students, pensioners - 100 roubles
Free entrance on the 18th of May (International Museum Day), 6 June (The Pushkin Day of Russia), October 19 (Luceum Day)