The Memorial Lyceum Museum
In 1949, on the eve of the 150th anniversary of Alexander Pushkin’s birth, the Memorial Lyceum Museum was opened in Tsarskoe Selo, in the building of the former Imperial Tsarskoe Selo Lyceum — one of the best boarding schools for noble boys in Russia, founded by Alexander I in 1811.
Pushkin studied there between 1811 and 1817. It was within the Lyceum walls that his poetical talent was revealed. There the future poet found devoted friends who remained faithful to the sacred Lyceum fraternity till the end of their days. The first course of the school, which later became known as Pushkin’s course, turned out to be the most successful. Names of many pupils — Pushkin’s classmates, such as diplomat Alexander Gorchakov, poet Anton Delvig, admiral and historian of Russian fleet Fyodor Matyushkin and others came down to Russian history.
The Museum recreates the atmosphere in which the pupils of the first course lived and studied. Some of the school interiors: Grand Hall, the Newspaper Room, the Library (featuring original books from the Lyceum collection), classrooms and dormitories were restored on the basis of archival documents. In 2011, when the bicentennial anniversary of the Lyceum was marked, the exhibition was supplemented with one more memorial room: the apartment of Sergei Chirikov, the drawing teacher who worked in Lyceum for 40 years, was inaugurated on the fourth floor near the dormitory. On display also is the permanent exhibition «We Live with the Memories of the Lyceum» on the second floor presenting more than a century long history of this remarkable school and telling about the lives of its famous graduates.
Museum Address: 2,
Telephone: + 7 812 476-64-11
To get here:
By train: suburban trains from Vitebsky railway terminal to the «Detskoye selo» station (
By shuttle bus: # 187 shuttle bus from Moskovskaya metro station
Hours: Daily except 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 80 roubles
- Schoolchildren 50 roubles
Free entrance on the 18th of May (International Museum Day)
Non-professional photography and video shooting of the museum interiors are allowed with a special permit. Permits can be purchased at the ticket office of the Museum
Photo and video permits — 200 roubles