The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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International Conference: China and Russia. Literary Dialogue

1In early November of 2017, the China and Russia – A Literary Dialogue international conference took place in Beijing. Among the participants were Ekaterina Tolstaya, director of the Yasnaya Polyana Museum, and Galina Alexeeva, head of our museum’s Academic Research Department. The conference was opened by Vladimir Tolstoy, Advisor to the RF President of Culture and Art, and Zhou Lingfei, a grandson of the classical Chinese author Lu Xun.
Yasnaya Polyana Receives Award for the Best Tourism Programs


The Yasnaya Polyana Museum was declared the winner in the Best Military History Program and was one of the prize winners in the Best Event Tour Program at the Trail of the Year National Tourism Awards.

The awards ceremony took place on November 2, 2017 in Kazan, as part of the KAZAN TOURISM FORUM 2017. Guidelines of the Future – one of the major forums for specialists in tourism. Photos can be seen HERE >>>

Faces of the Tolstoy House


Special online project of the Yasnaya Polyana Museum for the national event Art Night 

The interiors of the Leo Tolstoy House, where each smallest detail has been preserved, give us the chance to feel the atmosphere of his family‘s life at Yasnaya Polyana. But with one exception: a guide rather than the lady of the house welcomes you in the entrance hall. However, there is still a chance to “meet“ those who used to live in the house – thanks to the family portraits.

When you see these portraits, you will understand that the Tolstoys knew their family history very well and carefully preserved family stories. Through this project, we will not only tell about Leo Tolstoys ancestors, but also show which ancient noble families he was closely related to.

Following the time scale from left to right, you will gradually reach the images of the writer himself and his family. It is Tolstoy‘s “inner circle,“ including not only his wife and children, but also those who painted their portraits. Stories related to the creation of these canvases will be told in the words of the artists and their models. 

Our project will acquaint its users with the collection of portraits in the Tolstoy House, and will tell about real people and their lives; and, who knows, during another visit to Yasnaya Polyana one will probably look more attentively into those familiar faces.

Faces of the Tolstoy House (link to the Russian language web site)

Volunteer Season Finished at Yasnaya Polyana


This year‘s three volunteer sessions (the spring, summer and autumn ones) were very intense and rich. Our volunteers worked in the estate’s forests and parks: gathered woody debris, planted flowers, mounted bird-houses, and took an active part in the restoration of historic coniferous woods. More photos can be seen HERE >>>

Winners of the Yasnaya Polyana Book Award Announced


On October 12, 2017 the awards ceremony of the Yasnaya Polyana Book Award established by the Tolstoy Estate-Museum and the Samsung Electronics company took place in Moscow. The winners are: Andrei Rubanov for the book The Patriot (Modern Russian Fiction category); Mario Vargas Llosa for the novel The Discreet Hero (Foreign Fiction category); and the children‘s books festival LiteraTula (The Event category). Samsung‘s special prize, The Readers’ Choice, went to Oleg Ermakov for the novel Song of a Tungus.

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