The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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Lecture by Dmitry Bak - Ivan Turgenev in the 1830s-1850s: Everyday Love and the Reality of the Novel

On October 23 at 15:00 Dmitry Bak, philologist, professor of the Russian State Humanities University, and director of the State Literary Museum, will present his lecture Ivan Turgenev in the 1830s-50s: Everyday Love and the Reality of the Novel at the Yasnaya Polyana Cultural Center. Dmitry Bak will try to answer the question of how the writer‘s life and environment in the 1830s (N.S. Stankevich’s university circle; “the Pryamukhino harmony;” and Berlin University) influenced the key narrative situations of Turgenev’s first novels. More details >>>

Restoration of Coniferous Plantations at Yasnaya Polyana


On October 18, 2016 the restoration of the coniferous woods planted by Leo and Sophia Tolstoy in 1864 – 1907 began at Yasnaya Polyana. Photos >>>  

The Tolstoy House Will Be Closed for Preparations for the Winter Season

Dear Visitors,

On November 10-19, 2016 preparations for the winter season will be taking place in the Tolstoy House at Yasnaya Polyana. Guided tours of the House will not be offered on those days.

Preparation for the winter and summer seasons is part and parcel of the museum‘s work. We close the Tolstoy House to visitors twice a year in order to be able to carry out maintenance  work in it. It is done to ensure the preservation of the authentic interiors and objects and to make it more convenient for tourists to visit the House. Our task is to preserve the House as it was in Leo Tolstoy‘s lifetime.

Thank you for your understanding!

Students of the Yasnaya Polyana Art Studios Are Among the Winners of the Choreography Contest


On October 16, 2016 the National Contest of Personal Choreography Skill, Solo-STAR, took place in Tula. Students of the Yasnaya Polyana Elegy choreography studio participated in the contest. They won 5 golden, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals. Photos >>>

The “House_Space” Multimedia Project Was Presented at Yasnaya Polyana


On October 12, 2016, a presentation of our new multimedia Project, House_Space, which is a virtual reconstruction of the house where Leo Tolstoy was born in 1828, took place at Yasnaya Polyana. The house is associated with the writer’s childhood recollections which brought back to life his beloved people –his mother, father, grandmother, sister and brothers. In 1854 the house was sold and moved to the estate of Tolstoy’s neighbor, the landowner Gorokhov, and half a century later it fell into decay and was demolished. At Yasnaya Polyana, there remained one foundation stone at the place where the house had formerly stood, and later the following inscription was carved on it: “Here stood the house in which Leo Tolstoy was born.” Every visitor to the estate has surely seen this stone, and, no doubt, each of them wanted to know what that building had looked like.

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