The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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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!

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.

The Yasnaya Polyana Book Award: Voting in the Readers‘ Choice Category Is Open

i0joYok3The Yasnaya Poylana Museum and Samsung Electronics – co-founders of  the Yasnaya Polyana Book Award – announced the start of the open online voting by readers at the service. From October 10 to November 1, 2016 everybody can choose their favourite works from the short list of The 21st Century category. The author of the book tha receives the largest number of votes will be awarded the special Readers‘ Choice prize by Samsung and a trip to South Korea for two persons. To vote, one just needs to click on Like next to one of the works on a special page of the LiveLib website.

Our Schedule in October and November


Please note the following changes in our schedule on some days in October and November. On October 25, the Tolstoy House will be closed for cleaning; guided tours of the estate and the Kuzminsky House will be offered. On November 3, the museum‘s working day will be one hour shorter, from 9:00 to 16:00; the last guided tour will begin at 14:30. On November 4, the museum will be open from 9:00 to 17:00, and the last guided tour will start at 15:30.

We also remind you that beginning in November our museum switches on to the winter schedule. Admission to the estate grounds will be from 9:00 to 17:00; visitors can remain on the grounds until 18:00. Guided tours will be offered from 9:30 to 15:30.

Clay Fairy Tale at Yasnaya Polyana

Our museum now offers a new program for children, Clay Fairy Tale at Yasnaya Polyana (offered in Russian only). It will acquaint the participants with the history of pottery and clay modeling, and with the qualities and characteristics of this material. Under the guidance of Yasnaya Polyana craftsmen, the children will learn to mould with clay, and to decorate and paint onto simple items, such as bells or clay tablets, patterns related to various holidays or Leo Tolstoy’s works. They will also learn more about the Russian peasant costume and hear the history of the Yasnaya Polyana traditional “skeleton dolls,” folk twisted dolls, and folk crafts and traditions. The workshops will be held at either Yasnaya Polyana or at our museum’s Cultural Center in Tula.

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