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 and lived there for four months till 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the Museum features the poet’s apartment recreated to its primary state after the drawing of the poet Vasily Zhukovsky, historical documents and recollections of Pushkin’s friends.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
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)
Telephone: + 7 812 571 35 31
Price of tickets for individual visitors:
Adults 120 roubles + audio-guide 190 roubles
Students 30 roubles + audio-guide 190 roubles
Children under 16 years free + audio-guide 190 roubles
AUDIO-GUIDE (Russian, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Finnish, or Chinese) is required for all categories of individual visitors.
Admission to the Pushkin Apartment Museum with an AUDIO-GUIDE is until 4:45 pm
Guided group tour of the Museum (with advanced booking):
1–10 people — 3600 roubles
11–20 people — 7200 roubles
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
Free entrance: 10 February (The Pushkin Memorial Day), 18 May (International Museum Day), 6 June (The Pushkin Day of Russia)