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


On September 2, 2017 we invite everybody to attend our Apple Story festival dedicated to the apple season at Yasnaya Polyana.

Visiting our museum on that day you will be able to:

-        take thematic guided tours of the estate:  Orchards, or The Art of Creating Beautiful Landscapes; Traditions of Russian Country Estates; Steps into Nature (groups will be formed near the museum‘s ticket office);

-        visit the Yasnaya Polyana Greenhouse and participate in the tour The First One Hundred Plants (groups will be formed near the ticket-office);

-        have a fascinating walk around the estate with interactive children‘s guidebooks (they are intended for three age groups: children of 5-8, 9-12, and over 12 years old). The guidebook costs 50 rubles and can be bought at the museum‘s ticket-office;

-        participate in an interactive program for children and their parents in the apple orchard (starts at 13:30 near the Garden House behind the Coachman‘s House);

-        have a ride in a carriage or on horseback (the Stables; starts at 12:00)

-        participate in thematic workshops (making felt apples, painting on plaquettes with apple patterns, making floral apple calendars) offered by craftsmen of Yasnaya Polyana (the Smithy, from 10:00 to 17:00, cost of a ticket is 100 rubles);

-        visit the exhibition Happiness is Being with Nature, Seeing It, and Talking to It in the Volkonsky House;

-        participate in the making of and then taste apple jam (the Garden House behind the Coachman‘s House);

-        taste baked goods and dishes from the special apple menu (the museum’s café Preshpekt)

-        purchase Yasnaya Polyana souvenirs and apples (the Granary);

-        buy saplings of apple trees and berry bushes (the Granary);

-        take photos in the Coachman‘s House. Cost of admission tickets: 20 rubles for adults and 10 rubles for children.

There can be changes in the program of the festival depending on the weather.

Background information:

Apple orchards are part and parcel of the Yasnaya Polyana estate. The first orchard was founded by Tolstoy‘s grandfather Prince Nikolai Volkonsky. As a child, Tolstoy spend many happy hours in the apple orchard: “When it grew hot… I often went into the garden or the orchard to eat whatever vegetables or fruit were ripe, and this occupation afforded me one of my greatest pleasures.“ After he became the owner of the estate, Tolstoy considerably increased the area occupied by orchards, which gradually reached 40 hectares. The orchards were often mentioned in his literary works, and in his and his family‘s diaries and letters.

The orchards of Yasnaya Polyana are quite unique: here you can still find old Russian varieties of apple trees that were known in Russia more than two centuries ago, and apple trees planted in Leo Tolstoy‘s lifetime, and our visitors have a chance to enjoy the taste of their apples.  

 On the day of The Apple Story, all the guided tours at the museum will include additional “orchard“ information. Guided tours of the estate, the Tolstoy House and the Kuzminsky House are offered from 9:30 to 16:30. Admission to the estate grounds: from 9:00 to 20:00. 

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