The Pushkin Apartment Museum
The Pushkin Apartment Museum is a memorial museum dedicated to the last period of Alexander Pushkin’s life and creative work. It is located in one of the oldest stone mansions in St. Petersburg at 12, River Moika Embankment which used to belong to the noble Volkonsky family.
In September 1836 Pushkin rented a flat on the ground floor of Volkonsky’s house where he lived for four months untill he died on February 10 (January 29 old style), 1837, after he had been mortally wounded at the duel. Since 1925, when the apartment officially became a museum, the tradition established to pay homage to the poet’s memory on the day of his death. Citizens of St. Petersburg, representatives of scientific and creative intelligentsia, the city administration and Pushkin’s descendants come to the courtyard of the house to attend a meeting, and at 2.45 P.M., when Pushkin’s heart ceased beating, the moment of silence is observed.
At present, the Museum features the poet’s apartment recreated to its primary state after the drawing of the poet Vasily Zhukovsky, historical documents and recollections of Pushkin’s friends. On display are unique memorial objects that belonged to the poet’s family, friends and contemporaries. The main room of the apartment is Pushkin’s working study. Many things there remember the touch his hands.
In the basement of the Museum building one can find the Introductory Exhibition informing about the history of the house, the life of Alexander Pushkin in Petersburg in 1836, the history of his last duel, and the response of the contemporaries on Pushkin’s death.
Museum address: 12, River Moika Embakment, St. Petersburg, 191186
To get here: “Nevsky Prospect”, or “Admiralteyskaya” metro stations
Opening Hours: Open daily except on Tuesday and the last Friday of every month, 10:30 am — 6:00 pm (the ticket-office closes at 5:00 pm)
Telephone: + 7 812 571 35 31
Price of tickets for individual visitors:
Ticket + audio-guide — 500 roubles
AUDIO-GUIDE (Russian, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Finnish, or Chinese) is required for all categories of individual visitors.
Guided group tour of the Museum (with advanced booking):
Adults (1–9 people) — 7100 roubles
Children and Students (1-10 people) — 7100 roubles
Non-professional photography and video shooting of the museum interiors are allowed except for the first two halls of the exhibition.
Free entrance: 10 February (The Pushkin Memorial Day), 18 May (International Museum Day), 6 June (The Pushkin Day of Russia)
Alexander Pushkin. Life and Creative Work