The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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A Young Elm Tree Was Planted Near the Tolstoy House


On the day of the anniversary of Leo Tolstoy’s death, November 20, a young elm tree appeared in front of the Tolstoy House, at the place of the old elm that had died several years ago. It was planted by the museum director Ekaterina Tolstaya, the writer’s great-great-grandson Ilya Tolstoy, and the director of the SCA Hygiene Products Russia factory (in the town of Sovetsk) Artem Lebedev. Photos can be see here >>>

Leo Tolstoy‘s Last Journey


On November 7 (20), 1910, at 6:05 am, Leo Tolstoy died at the Astapovo station of the Ryazan-Ural railway.

Specially for the anniversary of the date of the writer‘s death, November 20, we prepared a multimedia project, Leo Tolstoy‘s Last Journey (link to the Russian language web site). It vividly demonstrates the history of Tolstoy’s last railway trip, which brought the great genius’s life to a close. 

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)

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