Maxim Gorky Literary Museum
Another exquisite mansion associated with Gorky was erected in 1882 for merchant Varvara Burmistrova, a scion of the rich Rukavishnikov family. That is why inside it you may find everything the elite of the 19th century was keen on: florid stucco moulding, glittering crystal ware, wooden mosaics, mirrors, and marble. In 1918, the mansion was nationalised and morphed into a museum that received generous donations from Gorky: paintings by Boris Kustodiev, Arkady Rylov, Pyotr Konchalovsky, more than a hundred books. During World War II, the museum collections were evacuated while the building accommodated an army hospital. Now, the interiors of the mansion are a mixture of pre-revolutionary splendour and traces of Gorky’s literary life, including the restored interiors of his study.
Be sure to see
Varavara Burmistrova’s atmospheric fireplace lounge and a grand piano that was Gorky’s gift to his spouse.
Who can I meet
aspiring and present-day writers.