"Serial Pushkin" Museums Tip by Muscovite
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Trying to make a pal of Pushkin will leave you quite confused as it is not easy to decide which way to go.
‘THE’ Pushkin museum, the world famous Museum of Fine Arts standing next to The Saviour Cathedral had nothing at all to do with the bard, except it was named after him on the 100 years anniversary of his death – he was a famous duelist, his and our luck he was not shot much earlier.
The relevant place is at 12/2 Prechistenka street (metro Kropotkinskaya). This very typical after-Napoleon Moscow mansion houses a vast collection of artifacts and will give you quite a glimpse into the poet’s life in Moscow, but there is no proof whatsoever that he had ever visited this place.
Pushkin did rent a flat at 53 Arbat street (metro Arbatskaya), though not for a long time, after he married Natalia Goncharova – the happy couple stands now in bronze on the other side of the street.
Excursions are available to both for a funny price, maybe you will even find someone speaking a foreign language there – you wouldn’t have a problem in Pushkin’s time as the nobility spoke more French than Russian.
Last but not least – this lovely one-storey house where Pushkin’s uncle Vassili lived, a poet in his own right and a very amicable fellow. Not open for visitors yet, but still worth seeing – do you expect our zealous mayor will leave many wooden houses in Moscow in the nearest future?
All photos – courtesy of the respective museums
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