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Konstantin Stanislavsky House Museum

Konstantin Stanislavsky House Museum

If you are in the vicinity of TverskayaRussian: Тверская Street, make sure to call in to the house at 6 Leontyevsky LnRussian: Leontyevskiy pereulok or Леонтьевский переулок. It’s only 30 minutes walk from the Red Square Moscow. Go up to the first floor, and you will see the memorial apartment of Konstantin Stanislavski, one of the founding fathers of the theatre. He lived there for the last 17 years of his life. Humble and low-key, the house reflects Stanislavski’s personality perfectly. The museum tells the story of his energetic lifestyle and his restless enthusiasm, his modest way of life, and, of course, the theatrical legacy he left behind.

ORIGIN

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREStanislavski moved into this mansion with his wife, actress Mariya Lilina, in 1921 with the intention of living the rest of his life here. The building, constructed in the early 19th century, is a true monument of architecture. Its interior design preserves some features of the white-stone chambers from the 17th–18th centuries, whose foundation lies underneath. The layout is also particularly unusual.

The museum was founded in 1948, ten years after the death of the famous director. It consists of the rooms of Stanislavski and his wife, rehearsal rooms, and the living room. Visitors have the unique opportunity to see how Stanislavski lived and what his tastes in decoration were; most of the furniture and decorations were ordered by the owner himself and have survived almost untouched.

HISTORY AND DESIGN OF THE MUSEUM ROOMS

1833_image2_sThe plafond, the enfilades and the huge chandelier of Onegin HallRussian: Oneginskiy zal or Онегинский зал, named after the premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene OneginRussian: Евгений Онегин held there in May 1922, are of special artistic value. This spacious hall still hosts stage productions and evenings dedicated to the history of the Moscow Artistic TheatreRussian: Moskovskiy khudozhestvennyi teatr or Московский художественный театр (MATRussian: MKhT or МХТ) that Konstantin Stanislavski and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko founded in 1897. Having moved to Leontyevsky Lane, Stanislavski held some rehearsals and staged some productions of his Opera StudioRussian: Opernaya studiya or Оперная студия at home. His large leather armchair still sits in the corner of Onegin Hall.

Экспозиция и декор (2)The neighbouring Blue RoomRussian: Sinyaya komnata or Синяя комната was mentioned in Mikhail Bulgakov’s Theatrical NovelRussian: Teatralnyi roman or Театральный роман. A part of the permanent exhibition on the first floor is devoted to Stanislavski’s personality. The museum preserves the ‘knight’s study’ designed by Stanislavski (who had been knighted), Mariya Lilina’s bedroom with her letters and photos, the uniquely designed nursery, the dining room, and the dressing area with the authentic costumes of Stanislavski and Lilina, who acted together in Intrigue and LoveRussian: Kovarstvo i lyubov or Коварство и любовь.

Other rooms include the Red RoomRussian: Krasnaya komnata or Красная комната where the Opera Studio rehearsals were held when the director was ill and Stanislavski’s bedroom, where he died on 7 August 1938.

PAST INTO PRESENT

Экспозиция и декор (4)As you explore the museum, be sure to talk to the employees and custodians—they bring the exhibits to life for you and can tell you a number of stories about Stanislavski and his family’s life and creative career. Prearranged guided tours are available for those who want to learn more about the founding father of the Moscow Art Theatre.

Looking out of the first-floor windows into the courtyard, we cannot admire today the splendid garden that Stanislavski once admired; neither can we invite the actors living in the opposite house to a rehearsal in Onegin Hall. Yet, as you step inside the museum, you feel like you have plunged into the past, back to the premiere of Eugene Onegin in 1922 – this museum is a truly remarkable place which brings to life the events of Stanislavski’s past, and his personality.

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Location

Within Garden Ring

Nearest Metro Station

Pushkinskaya, Tverskaya, Chekhovskaya

Address

6 Leontyevsky Lane, Moscow

Website

http://www.museum-stanislavsky.com/

Museum Opening Hours / Ticket Office Opening Hours

We: 12 pm - 7 pm
Th: 11 am - 9 pm
Fr: 12 pm - 7 pm
Sa: 11 am - 6 pm
Su: 11 am - 6 pm

Days off

Monday, Tuesday

Ticket Price

From 50 to 250 rubles depending on visitor's category and programme of visits.
Photo and video are paid additionally.

Visiting Rules

Standard.

Additional Information

The museum hosts exhibitions, concerts and performances.

Gallery

K. S. Stanislavski
Exhibition and decor
Exhibition and decor
Dining room
Bedroom
Maria Petrovna Lilina
6, Leontyevsky Lane. An old photo
Armchair and writing desk
Kostya Alekseyev
Study
Stanislavski Home Museum
Old-style suitcases
Decor
Makeup table of K. Stanislavski's wife
Gothic furniture on display in the museum
Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko
Exhibition and decor
Exhibition and decor
Exhibition and decor
Exhibition and decor
Exhibition and decor
Inside the museum
Former garden of Spiridonova, a merchant's wife, overlooking the museum
Onegin Hall
K.S. Stanislavsky with actors. An old photo
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Featured reviews

Visitor rating:   5.0

November 2016
It's a wonderful museum with authentic exhibits and full immersion in time and ambiance. Most significantly, what amazing tour guide is Butorina Victoria Alekseevna! The tour lasted more than 2 hours and was fascinating every minute! Such erudition with evident enthusiasm and the ability to engage is very rare! Thank you so much!!!

February 2016
If possible, I strongly advise you to come here on a tour. I get here with the project "Exit to the city", the telling lasted more than two hours and it was very interesting. The staff seems to be in love with this place!

January 2016
This is the last Stanislavsky's place of living and his laboratory. This is an exile in the center of Moscow. He was deported there from his own house in Karetny Ryad Street. He rarely left this house. Here is the famous hall with columns, which inspired him to Eugene Onegin in the Opera Studio. If you like theatre, you should surely visit this place.

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