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  Gorky House
by TheWanderingCamel

The story goes that when Stalin gave the writer Maxim Gorky a house to live in, he (Gorky) did not know that it would be the death of him - it is said that the walls of his study were painted with toxic paint. There's more reason than this macabre story for visiting the Gorky House museum though. As well as being a memorial to the great writer, the house itself is fascinating. Built in 1906 it is a complete realization of Art Nouveau. From the mosaic frieze of orchids running around the outside to the fantastical carved staircase, stained glass windows, elaborately plastered ceilings right down to the last detail this house has only one aesthetic.
The house is furnished as it was in Gorky's time and one room has a display of personal effects, photos, manuscripts, etc.
What was once a small family chapel on the top floor is now a small museum to the family who built the house.
You will be asked to wear soft overshoes during your visit.

Address: Malaya Nikitskaya ulitsa 6
Directions: Open 1000 -1700 Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
1200 -1900 Wednesday and Friday

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 20, 2005
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