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Rimsky-Korsakov Museum

28 Zagorodny pr. | Apt. 39, St. Petersburg 191002, Russia
+7 812 713-32-08
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At present this is the only composer's museum in St.Petersburg. It occupies a wing of the house 28 on Zagorodny Prospekt, where Rimsky–Korsakov had spent the last fifteen years of his life, from 1893 to 1908. It was here that he composed eleven of his fifteen operas, among them Sadko, The Fairy–Tale of Tzar Sultan, The Tzar's Bride, Kashchey, the Immortal, The Golden Rooster. After the composer's and his wife's death, for fifty years the apartment was shared by several families. Nevertheless, all private belongings, as well as the furniture, have been carefully preserved by the composer's heirs. On December 27, 1971 in the renovated apartment there museum opened, due to the efforts of the composer's descendants. As far as the authenticity of the interiors is concerned, the museum may be duly placed among the best composer's museums in Russia, such as Chaikovsky's House in Klin or the Skryabin Museum in Moscow. The memorial part of the apartment is made up of four rooms: Rimsky–Korsakov's study, the living room, the dining room and the hall. The rest of the apartment has been reconstructed: here there is an exhibition hall where lots of materials about the composer's life and work are displayed, and a concert hall. In the study there is his desk, his favourite armchair, an old writing desk made by Tikhvin cabinet–makers, a memorial address designed by Vrubel towards the thirty–fifth anniversary of the composer's work. The main attraction of the living room is a Becker grand piano, which was played by S.Rakhmaninov, A.Skryabin. A.Glazunov, I.Stravinsky and Rimsky–Korsakov himself. The walls of the dining room are hung with painted portraits of the composer's ancestors. He belonged to an old Russian family, renowned since late fourteenth century. On the dining table there is family silver and such memorial pieces as a silver saltcellar and biscuit–dish. The Museum restores not only the outward appearance of the apartment, but also its creative atmosphere. For many years it has been one of the cultural centres of St.Petersburg. Rimsky–Korsakov's guests, the composers Glazunov and Lyadov, Rakhmaninov and Taneyev, the painters Serov and Repin, the singers Chaliapin and Zabela–Vrubel were enthusiastic participants of the musical soirees, which got to be known as "Korsakov's Wednesdays". When Chaliapin was among the guests, about a hundred people would gather in the living–room, and the neighbours' children (who lived upstairs) would lie down on the floor to hear the famous singer. After the concerts the guests would move to the dining–room for tea, and very often would not leave until early morning. The musical life of the museum is as diverse today as it used to be then. Following the tradition, on Wednesdays "Musical Evenings in the Zagorodny House" take place here, involving musicians from the city opera houses and symphony orchestras. There are also season Saturday evening concerts for children, as well as series of concerts given by young musicians "The Musical Youth of St.Petersburg". Thrice a year - for the opening and closing of the season and on March 18th (the composer's birthday) concerts are conducted in the memorial living–room.
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Jan 22, 2017
“Inexplicably closed”
Jun 25, 2016
“A must for his fans, a window into Belle Epoque haut bourgeois life”
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28 Zagorodny pr. | Apt. 39, St. Petersburg 191002, Russia
+7 812 713-32-08
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Tried to come in this museum, not very convenient to reach due to its location far from the subway station. Checked the website for opening times and special closures - due to the time of my visit in Christmas holidays -, made a plan and...More

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Reviewed 25 June 2016

The Rimsky-Korsakov Museum took some effort to find and enter. The sign was, well, discrete, and I had to tap a code into the keypad next to the heavy wrought iron gate leading into the courtyard. After the receptionist buzzed me in, I looked around...More

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Reviewed 11 August 2014

To access the museum, you must get there at a time when it's open, and enter via a courtyard. I arrived when it opened on a Friday morning and found myself wonderfully alone with the audio guide (highly recommended). The commentary and the the restored...More

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Reviewed 27 May 2012

If you love the work of Rimsky-Korsakov, this small museum, where he once lived in one of the apartments, gives you a glimpse into his daily life and his surroundings. His apartment has been reconstructed featuring his study and piano amongst many family possesions it...More

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Reviewed 7 August 2010

This is the only composer’s memorial museum in St Petersburg. It is located in a former rental house where Rimsky-Korsakov spent the last 15 years of his life and composed 11 of his 15 operas. His family occupied a big flat on the top floor....More

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