The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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Alexander Shilin Memorial Day


On December 11, 2016, at the Krapivna Meeting Center (Shchekino District, Krapivna, Kommunarov St., 31A) friends and colleagues will share their recollections about Alexander Shilin (1935-1996), the first director of the Krapivna Museum and one of the originators of local history studies in Krapivna. The memorial event scheduled for the 20th anniversary of his death is organized by the Krapivna Local History Museum, and the Cultural Center and Library of Krapivna. The meeting will start at 12:00.  


This Saturday at the Museum

This Saturday, December 10, everybody is welcome to attend two events at Yasnaya Polyana. At 15:00, a lecture by Galina Yuzefovich, a literary critic and reviewer for the Meduza portal, will start at the Yasnaya Polyana Cultural Center. She will present to the audience at Yasnaya Poyana her analysis of modern Russian literature and its connection with the historical past. Her lecture Through the Past into the Future: Modern Russian Literature as Group Psychotherapy will be the last but one leacture in the cycle Unsystematic Literature Course for Everybody. More datails >>>

The meeting commemorating the 55th anniversary of the birth of the poet, prose writer and journalist Olga Podyomshchikova (1961 – 2000), “I Would Like to Live...,“ will begin at 15:00 at the Yasnaya Polyana Gallery. Her poems will be read and people who knew her will will share their recollections about this original poet with the audience. The meeting will be conducted by the poet Andrei Korovin and the philologist and teacher at Tula State Pedagogical University Yulia Arkhangelskaya. More details >>>

Our Schedule during the New Year Holidays

Dear Visitors,

Please note the changes in our museum‘s Schedule during the holidays. On December 31, 2016, and on January 1, 2, and 7, 2017 the museum will be closed. On January 3, 4, 5, and 8, 2017 we work as usual (9:00 – 17:00), and the last guided tour starts at 15:30. On January 6 our working day is one hour shorter (9:00 – 16:00), and the last guided tour begins at 14:30.

Achievements of the Yasnaya Polyana Studios in November and December


On November 3-7, 2016, an international vocal contest, Russia’s Cradle, took place in Tula. Students of the Carousel Yasnaya Polyana vocal studio were awarded prizes. Anna Belova became a 1st-degree winner and Milana Karazinova – a 2nd-degree winner. The Carousel studio also did well during the Bravo Regional Talents Contest that took place on November 26-27. Our little vocalists became 3rd-degree winners in the Children and Ensembles categories. 

America and Tolstoy. A Dialogue


On December 6, 2016, the America and Tolstoy. A Dialogue annual gala focusing on Leo Tolstoy‘s heritage took place at the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation in Washington, D.C. Among those present at the event were Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the USA Sergey Kislyak, former American ambassadors to Russia, and representatives of the business, academic, and cultural communities, including Vadim Polonsky, director of the Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Alexander Potemkin, executive director of the Foundation. Our colleague and head of the museum’s Academic Research Department, Galina Alexeeva, made a presentation on Leo Tolstoy’s American visitors and donated her book Leo Tolstoy’s American Dialogues to the Foundation. Vadim Polonsky’s presentation was focused on the publication of the Institute of World Literature’s Leo Tolstoy’s Correspondence with Americans. Xenia Voevodskaya, who headed the Tolstoy Foundation in the 1990s, was also present at the event. She told the audience about her new project, Tolstoy’s School, and mentioned the letter supporting the project from Ekaterina Tolstaya, director of the Yasnaya Polyana museum. 

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