The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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Yuri Saprykin: “It‘s Senseless to Sit in a Train That Isn‘t Going Anywhere“

The journalist Yuri Saprykin made a presentation on How Can We Speak about Classical Literature Today? at the Yasnaya Polyana Cultural Center on March 10, 2018. We talked to him about the popularity of educational projects, about the Shelf literary portal, good books, and the role of museums in the modern world.

Tolstoy Readings in Cyprus


From February 26 to March 2, 2018, the Tolstoy Readings, dedicated to the writer’s 190th birthday which will be celebrated later this year, took place in schools of Paphos and Nicosia (Cyprus). On the invitation of the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Cyprus, Lyudmila Severova, a senior research assistant of the travelling exhibitions department at the Yasnaya Polyana Museum, participated in the Readings program. Photos can be seen HERE >>>

Valery Plotnikov: “I Was Lucky to Know Amazing People“


Valery Plotnikov opened his exhibition, Vladimir Vysotsky and Others, at the Yasnaya Polyana Gallery on March 2, 2018. On that day, we talked to the photographer and learned about his favourite photos and his attitude to modern museums and contemporary photography.

They call you a portrayer of the departing epoch. Who do you think could be pictured as the symbol of the second half of the 20th century?

From my point of view, it’s Dmitry Likhachev and Daniil Granin. Those are two great people, and it doesn’t matter that one of them is a scholar and the other – a writer. Simply the way they are, from birth, they are two great people, two true representatives of the intelligentsia, which for our country is a rarity and a wonder.

The Tolstoy House Will Be Closed Due to Preparation to the Summer Season

Dear visitors, 

On April 3-8, 2018 preparations for the summer season will be taking place in the Tolstoy House at Yasnaya Polyana. Guided tours of the House will not be offered on those days. Visitor will be offered guided tours of the estate and the Kuzminsky House.

Volunteer Season 2018


The Museum Volunteer Camp project aimed at the restoration of the authentic tree plantations of Yasnaya Polyana is under way, and we are announcing the dates of volunteer weekends at our estate this year.

Spring session: April 13-15; April 20-22; April 27-29; May 11-13; May 18-20; May 25-27;

Autumn session: September 14-16; September 21-23; September 28-30; October 5-7; October 12-14.

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