The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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Guided visits

Most visitors to the Yasnaya Polyana museum book or join guided tours. It is the most convenient and sometimes the only possible way to see the Tolstoy House, as the House is not large and has an enfilade of rather small rooms that cannot admit many people at a time. Besides, the unique original building needs our special care and protection, and we have to check the number of people walking through it during the day. So, whereas in winter, when we have fewer visitors, you can

  • take a guided tour of the museum or, if you wish
  • see the estate and the Tolstoy House on your own, or
  • take an  audio guide to the Tolstoy House (in Russian or English),

in our high season (from April to November), the memorial buildings can be seen only with a guided tour. Tours are offered in Russian, English, German and French. Our guides will do their best to make your visit a truly memorable experience. We offer you

  • Guided tour, which includes the central part of the estate, the Tolstoy House, and the current exhibition in the Kuzminsky House

If the buildings are closed (for cleaning or restoration) our guides will show you around the estate.

To book a guided tour in advance e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call +7 48751 76125

For those of you who love nature and are willing to plunge deeper into the history and traditional life of Yasnaya Polyana, to see its more distant parts and to learn more of the fascinating facts about Tolstoy, we have a special offer:

  • Educational and interactive program “Happiness is to be with nature…”  Read more about the program and book it in advance at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , +7 48751 76090

In addition, our Tourism Department offers a wider range of programs, including both visits to the Yasnaya Polyana museum and many other services, for groups and individuals:

  • Tour of the Tolstoy Family Cemetery and St. Nicholas Church in Kochaki (2 km from Yasnaya Polyana)
  • Tour of the Kozlova Zaseka railway station (reconstructed as it was in the time of Leo Tolstoy, 4 km from Yasnaya Polyana)
  • Horseback and carriage or sleigh rides at Yasnaya Polyana
  • Tea party in the Coachman’s House at Yasnaya Polyana (interactive tour of a traditional peasant hut)
  • Visits to the museums and places of interest of Tula, Tula region, and neighbouring regions
  • Accommodation at the Yasnaya Polyana Hotel (2,5 km from the estate), or other hotels in close vicinity to the museum
  • Meals in the best local cafes and restaurants, including the museum café Preshpekt  and the Country Estate restaurant of the Yasnaya Polyana Hotel
  • Transport services
  • Assistance in organizing conferences at the museum premises

Depending on your interest and the time available, we will offer you one-, two- or many-day programs and try to meet all your special needs and requirements, to make your stay enjoyable and fascinating. To discuss and book your tour in advance, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call +7 4872 393599 / +7 4872 476712

 
 
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