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Ivan Sytin Memorial Apartment


Tverskaya st., 12 page 2, Moscow
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Memorial space dedicated to the famous Russian educator of the early twentieth century and a unique museum of culture of the turn of the XIX-XX centuries.Introduction to the life of the largest book publisher in pre-revolutionary Russia, Ivan Sytin, who managed to rise from a semi-literate peasant boy to the level of advanced enlightened people of the late XX-early XIX centuries.


Ivan Sytin Memorial Apartment (No. 274) is located at 12 Tverskaya Street, building 2, on the 2nd floor of a 5-storey building, a monument of cultural heritage of the XIX century. I. D. Sytin lived in this house for 7 years (1928-1934), having lost his "book empire" and the opportunity to work for his country.

The recreated memorial space, where the original furnishings and personal belongings of the Sytins are preserved, allows the visitor to take a trip to the past, to plunge into the atmosphere of an old Moscow apartment of the twentieth century, to get acquainted with the urban culture of that era. The collection includes about 1,400 copies of printed publications, 44 art anniversary addresses, 62 household items and furniture, 22 paintings and sculptures, and more than 400 items of the Sytinsky family archive.

A separate collection related to the publishing activities of Ivan Dmitrievich includes unique editions of calendars, children's books, classical literature, encyclopedias of various types, educational literature of the late XIX – early XX centuries.


Ivan Sytin is an entrepreneur, book publisher, and educator who went from a semi-literate boy from a peasant family to one of the most advanced and enlightened people of the turn of the century. Sytin not only succeeded in his business, creating a huge publishing empire, but also made a huge contribution to education, publishing and printing in Russia.

The idea of creating a museum arose in the 1960s and 1970s from the children of the book publisher-Dmitry, Anna and Olga. In the second half of the 1980s, Ivan Dmitrievich's apartment was transferred to the All-Union Voluntary Society of Book Lovers of the RSFSR, and soon a public museum was created with the support of the state. In 2016, the unique collection was transferred to the State Museum-Cultural Center "Integration" named after N. A. Ostrovsky.

The museum-apartment of I. D. Sytin is located on the 2nd floor at the address: Tverskaya Street, 12 p. 2 in the building of the Central Printing House, where on April 25, 1921, some of Lenin's speeches were recorded. The object has a special protected status-a monument of cultural heritage of federal significance.
In the 1930s, the building was built on two floors, the facade was plastered in a new way, giving it the features of constructivism, but the classic lines of the lower floors are still clearly visible.
In the XVIII century it was a possession of the military Governor-General of Moscow, count P. S. Saltykov. His estate extended from Tverskaya to B. Dmitrovka. The once luxurious palace was almost completely ruined by numerous alterations.
In the 1830s and 1860s, the building housed the famous Shevaldyshev Hotel-one of the best in the city. L. N. Tolstoy and F. I. Tyutchev stayed there. Here, since the 1820s, there was an office of stagecoaches plying between Moscow and St. Petersburg.
After the revolution, the house was transferred to the Central Printing House, which united the editorial offices of many newspapers and magazines.

The renovated apartment museum was opened on September 19, 2019.

Interesting Facts

The museum hosts an interactive program "Why did the opheny go to the people, or "common pictures" by I. D. Sytin " immerses participants in the mysterious world of the opheny-distributors of the most popular printed goods among the peasants in the XIX-early XX centuries.
Performing interactive tasks, participants will decipher the" secret language "of the ofenei, see the layout of the printing press and get acquainted with the principle of its operation, master the craft of "flower makers" and independently paint the splint, listen to Russian folk songs and find old splint illustrations for them, collect a box of ofenei and conduct a "photo session".