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State Museum of L.N. Tolstoy

The rare exhibits of the museum include the writer's personal swords, icons, snuff boxes and wedding candles.
The capital of Russia with almost nine centuries of history, Moscow has always been closely associated with the creation of literature. A.S. Pushkin, A.S. Griboyedov and M.Y. Lermontov were born here, while A.P. Chekhov, A.M. Gorky, S.A. Yesenin, M.A. Bulgakov and many other writers and poets lived and worked here. There are dozens of literary museums in the city, and one of the oldest in the country is the Leo Tolstoy Museum, founded in 1911 on the initiative of the Tolstoy Society.

The museum on Prechistenka str. houses the world's largest collection of items related to the legacy of Tolstoy, one of the world's most famous Russian writers as well as a thinker whose ideas gave rise to a whole religious and philosophical teaching: the Tolstoyan movement. The exhibitions are housed in an Empirestyle mansion dating back to the early 19th century; the house, with its outbuilding and courtyard, is a brilliant example of a noble mansion from that era. The main stages of writer’s life and work are richly illustrated with genuine belongings, manuscripts and photographic as well as pictorial portraits, from children's sketches and first editions to the last of his lifetime autographs.


Moscow, Prechistenka str., 11
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