Gorky's House (Ryabushinsky Mansion)
Malaya Nikitskaya 6, Moscow, Russia
7 (095) 290-0535
Gorky's House (Ryabushinsky Mansion) Moscow Reviews
Hidden treasure of Jugendstil in the heart of Moscow May 15, 2012
Somewhere in between The Red Square, Kremlin, GUM, shopping streets, McDonalds and other great touristic attractions is a very underrated place. People simply know nothing about it of just can't find it. But you can not miss this museum/house when you're in Moscow. Although, it might be even good that this museum isn't that popular among the tourists. You even have the chance to be the only visitor. Fantastic, right?
I'm talking about the house where the former Soviet literary hero Gorky lived.
The house was originally built for wealthy Russian millionaire Ryabushinski. He was a banker and a manufacturer and held a high among businessmen of the capital.
He was also one of the first people from the Russian cultural history who worked on the restoration of icons. He even had plans to exhibit icons in one of the rooms of that house.
Unfortunately, Ryabushinski and his family were forced to escape revolutionary Russia. After their migration to Paris a lot of interior was lost or broken. One of these lost pieces was a fireplace of marble from Carrara.
The architect of the house is by the way Fyodor Osipovich Schechtel. He was the most influential and prolific master of Russian Art Nouveau.
In the thirties, Gorky moved to the house and stayed there for the rest of his life. After his death the house became a public museum. Ever since the house is also known as the house of Gorky. Gorky's furnishing has totally remained. His writing desk, the books and custom cabinets.
Basically, the house offers two things to see. You will see how Gorky lived, where he slept and worked. Many of his personal belongings such as pictures and letters are here. But that's not the most interesting.
The house itself is a masterpiece of the Russian Art Nouveau history. Every detail in this house is very special. Parquet floors, stairs, windows and the rest are designed in the Art Nouveau style. It seems like the whole interior is moving.
It is amazing how well this gem is hidden. On the outside this house is almost a nondescript sort of a building. Once you've found the street, you have to look good to not pass the house. It is not really marked as a public building. And not at all in English. Just look for a big villa, then walk inside the garden and you will find the front door. Right in the corridor might be an old person sitting. He or she is waiting for you. Before you can walk through, write your name and where you come from in the guestbook, put the slippers on (very important!) and enjoy the beauty!
This house is definitely something I'd recommend to everyone. It is so special and unique and above all very beautiful. Perhaps it is also something you do not expect to see in Moscow. But actually, the center is filled with other pretty places such as this one. And perhaps they are even more interesting than the main sights of Moscow.
Part of the One week in Moscow travel blog
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