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Our Favourite Moscow Museums: Off the Beaten Path. Part 3

We have already told you about some of our favourite technology and art museums in Moscow. In this, the third installment of our museum guide, we ‘d like to tell you about some Moscow museums that are great for literature and history lovers, as well as a couple of unusual museums that used to be home to prominent writers, artists and composers.

Leo Tolstoy House Museum

Leo Tolstoy, one of the greatest Russian writers, was a count and had a house in Moscow, which has been preserved until today as a cozy wooden mansion in the heart of the city. It not only provides a comprehensive narrative of the writer’s life, but immerses its visitors in the peaceful atmosphere of 19th-century Russia.

Visit the official website (only in Russian).
Address: 21 Lva Tolstogo Ulitsa, Park Kultury metro station.
Tickets: RUB 300.

Museum of Contemporary History of Russia

This building on Tverskaya used to host the English Club, popular among the Moscow nobility in the 19th century, and the Museum of Revolution in the 20th century, which was later transformed in the Museum of Contemporary History of Russia. Today, it has a permanent exhibition covering the country’s history from late 19th to the 21st century. Various topical temporary exhibitions are also regularly organized at the museum.

Visit the official website (switch to the English version).
Address: 21 Tverskaya Ulitsa. Pushkinskaya or Tverskaya metro stations.
Tickets: RUB 250, students RUB 100.

1812 War Museum

The Museum of the Patriotic War of 1812 opened in 2012, marking the 200th anniversary of the Russian war with Napoleon. The collection includes over 2,000 exhibits: military awards, armament, archival documents and pieces of art. The museum regularly organizes interesting historical exhibitions and is part of the neighbouring Historical Museum on Red Square, which is also well worth visiting.

Visit the official website.
Address: 2/3Ploschad Revolyutsii. Okhotny Ryad, Teatralnaya or Ploschad Revolyutsii metro stations.
Tickets: RUB 350.

Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre opened in 2012 in a renovated architectural landmark – an early 20th-century bus garage, designed by two masters of the Russian avant-garde, Melnikov and Shukhov. The museum was founded and is maintained by the Russian Jewish community. It boasts a permanent exposition in an interactive format about the history of Jews in Russia, as well as temporary arts exhibitions, lectures, conferences and other events.

Visit the official website.
Address: 11 Obraztsova Ulitsa, building 1A. Mariina Roscha metro station.
Tickets: RUB 400-500, students RUB 200-250.

Bulgakov Museum

Writer Mikhail Bulgakov lived in this house on Bolshaya Sadovaya from 1921-1924 in a communal flat. He portrayed this flat as the ‘evil apartment’ in The Master and Margarita. The museum hosts exhibitions dedicated to Bulgakov’s works, life, and important people in the writer’s life. For RUB 4,500, you can get an excursion in English for a group of up to 10 people. To organize an excursion, call +7(495)699-53-66.

Visit the official website (in Russian).
Address: 10 Bolshaya Sadovaya Ulitsa, Entrance 6, Apartment 50. Mayakovskaya metro station.
Tickets: RUB 200, students FREE.

Prokofiev Museum

Classical music lovers will be interested in discovering Moscow as home to many outstanding composers. The Prokofiev museum is located in the house in Kamergersky Pereulok where the composer lived from 1947 to 1953. The museum belongs to the Museum of Music, the main building of which, with its interactive exhibition and an impressive collection of musical instruments, is also worth visiting.

Visit the official website.
Address: 6, Kamergersky Lane. Okhotny Ryad metro station (Prokofiev Museum); 4 Fadeeva Ulitsa. Mayakovskaya or Novoslobodskaya metro stations (main building).
Tickets: RUB 200-300.

Scriabin Museum

An old two-storeyed house in a quiet lane between the Old and New Arbat streets has housed the Skryabin Museum for over a century. Today, it not only includes the early-20th century apartment that was home to composer Alexander Skryabin, with original interiors, but also a big exhibition centre and a concert hall.

Visit the official website.
Address: 11 Bolshoy Nikolopeskovsky Pereulok. Smolenskaya or Arbatskaya metro stations.
Tickets: RUB 200.

Victor Vasnetsov Museum

This wooden house was designed by the artist Victor Vasnetsov himself. Russian fairy-tales and folklore were key topics in the artist’s works, and the same themes shape the atmosphere of the museum.

Visit the official website.
Address: 13 Vasnetsova Pereulok. Prospekt Mira metro station.
Tickets: RUB 300, students RUB 150.