Walking tour: Gorky House Museum, Monuments + bookshop

As part of a charming Moscow walking tour of a slightly strange part of the city (from the US Embassy, past the White House, past the Tchaikovsky Centre, past our guide Irina’s childhood neighborhood and onwards), we went to the Ryabushinsky Museum/Gorky House Museum. The house originally belonged to the Ryabushinsky family, and then after the revolution became various things – a kindergarten, a centre for psychoanaltic studies, etc.

It has amazing art nouveau architecture and free entry, and we spent some time just going through it. Some photos here:

Tapochki (Slippers) for viewing the museum

The slippers we had to wear…

 

 

 

 

The guard/entrance

The guard’s desk in the entrance

Amazing stairwell  Amazing art nouveau staircase

 

Library

 

 

More books

Library 2

The library

 

Vestibule stained glass

The stained glass mural in the vestibule

 

Netsuke

Netsuke in one study

 

Study

Lovely old typewriter and lamp in another study

Gorky books

Colourful books

 

We also hit up some monuments to Gogol and Brodsky:

Brodsky 1

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Gogol 1

Gogol 2

 

And my guide recommended this bookshop, saying it was one of the only places she could buy foreign literature in Moscow during the Soviet Union.

Bookshop

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