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

This Saturday, September 22, We invite everybody to attend our Apple Story festival dedicated to the apple season at Yasnaya Polyana. The festival strats at 12:00. 

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);

-        listen to folk songs performed by a folklore group (at 13:00 near the Coachman’s House);

-        participate in an interactive program for families (thematic and traditional games)  at 14:00 near the Coachman‘s House;

-        have a ride in a carriage or on horseback (the Stables)

-        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);

-        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.

On the day of The Apple Story, all the guided tours at the museum will include additional “orchard“ information; a special exhibition will be displayed in the Library of the Tosltoy House. Guided tours of the estate, the Tolstoy House and the Kuzminsky House are offered from 9:30 to 16:30 (groups are formed near the ticket office; cost of a ticket is 400 rubles). Admission to the estate grounds: from 9:00 to 20:00 (admission ticket costs 100 rubles; free of charge for children under 16).


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.  

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