The second half of my Tolstoy-themed September 29, 2015…
So after our visit to the Tolstoy Literary Museum, we walked to the Tolstoy Estate Museum, or aka Tolstoy House Museum. It’s about an 18-minute walk (1.5km), according to Google Maps, and the route is easy. If you decide to have a Tolstoy-themed day, I recommend you visit both on the same day, as they’re both kind of “in the middle of nowhere”, but in the same direction of “in the middle of nowhere”. There weren’t that much to see on the way either, but you get a good exercise in and get to see the more “no tourists around here at all” side of the city.
It was still worth the long
Just like the Tolstoy Literary Museum, it was so quiet when we got there that I thought that maybe they were closed. I guess people just come and go but it’s probably never really packed—as we were leaving the museum, there was actually like a big group of French tourists that just arrived. Anyway…No longer a noob about “ticket offices”, I went straight to the ticket office and went into this room with a nice, colorful, blonde lady. She was speaking in Russian at first, but since it was clear that I don’t understand Russian…………….. she started speaking français instead. My one semester in high school and two semesters in university of studying French really helped because the only words I understood were “maison” and “les photos”. Heh. Tres bien.
Anyway, just like the Tolstoy Literary Museum… if we wanted to take photos, we have to pay extra too. I decided not to get the photo ticket—since it’s kind of pricey. The entrance fee is 200 roubles and the photo-taking ticket is 350 roubles. I changed my mind after walking through the first room of the museum—so went back to the Russian/French lady to purchase the ticket. I then had to wear a tag around my neck with a laminated pink sign with a picture of a camera on it, giving me the rights to take photos. (And yes, they WILL tell you off if you try to sneak a photo—we tried. A lady appeared like magic to tell us off.)
Fortunately, there are English descriptions in this museum, so I was more involved and enthusiastic. You get to walk through his two-story house, from room to room, and look at all the furniture, personal items (of Tolstoy and also his family members), and other memorabilia.
Everything looked so luxurious—made me realize even more how much of a baller Tolstoy was.
Here are some photos I took from the house:
Above: Tolstoy’s study.
Tolstoy’s the last writer on my itinerary for this Russia trip. The visit to his house/estate was really the grand finale. I’m so glad I got to visit and see his things and have a closer look into his family life and lifestyle. It’s definitely worth the long walk there (or you can just take the metro to the station closest to it—instead of walking from Tverskoy, through Arbat, and then from the Tolstoy Literary Museum), and I would highly recommend it to anyone who’s ever read a Tolstoy! Even if you haven’t read any of his works yet, it’s still a cool experience to go and see what life must have been like back in the day. See all the antique furniture and items, and see what a household consisted of in that era.