Gorky House Museum (Moscow)

Gorky House Museum (Moscow)



Malaya Nikitskaya ulitsa 6/2

Tel. (495) 690 0535

Subway: Pushkinskaya

Open: 11am- 5:30pm Wed- Sun



Description of the Gorky House Museum

Gorky House Museum is a former residence of a famous Russian Writer Maxim Gorky. The house itself is notable for its unique architecture. There are no straight lines in most of interior. All lines are elegantly broken into wavy patterns. Although the house itself was built for the millionaire S. p. Ryabushinsky designed by Fyodor Shekhtel in 1902. This is one of the most famous buildings in the art Nouveau style. After the revolution, it housed the State publishing house, the all-Union society for cultural relations with foreign countries, a Psychoanalytic Institute, and a kindergarten. For a long time it was believed that somewhere in the Gorky house-Museum hidden treasure. However, all searches did not lead to apparent success.


In 1931, Stalin presented the mansion as a gift to the famous socialist writer Maxim Gorky. By the time Gorky moved into the house, His career as a writer and playwright was in decline. While living here, he wrote only one play: Yegor Bulychev and others (1932) and part of the novel the Life of Klim Samgin (unfinished at the time of his death). However, his fame and his previous support for the Bolshevik party made him a useful propaganda tool for the Soviet government. He performed this function as President of the writers ' Union, which explains why the rooms of the Gorky house Museum are full of photographs of the author in the company of aspiring playwrights, pioneers, and Communist officials.

Gorky's hat, coat, and walking stick are preserved in the collection of the Gorky house Museum, as well as many of his letters and books, including some first editions. Shortly after Gorky's death in 1936, Genrikh Yagoda, the former head of the NKVD (secret police), was charged with his murder. Although the charge was probably fabricated, Yagoda was found guilty in one of the last notorious show trials. Rumor has it that Gorky was killed on Stalin's orders.
History of the Gorky House Museum
The original art Nouveau building of the Museum, built by the Russian architect Fyodor Shechtel in 1902, belonged to the millionaire S. p. Ryabushinsky. Construction began when Ryabushinsky was 26 years old. In this house, he and his family lived until the revolution of 1917, when the whole family was persecuted and escaped in exile. After 1917, the mansion passed into the possession of the city and it alternately housed the State publishing house, the all-Union society for cultural relations with foreign countries, the Psychoanalytic Institute and a kindergarten. In 1932, Gorky finally moved to the USSR, where he had previously spent several weeks a year, and since then he has not been released abroad. The former Ryabushinsky mansion was given to him and his family as a residence by the Soviet Government, along with dachas in Gorki and Crimea. It was here that he spent the rest of his years until his death in 1936. In 1965, the building officially acquired the status of a Museum.

After Gorky's death, the widow of his son "timosh" (Peshkova, Nadezhda Alekseevna) remained living in the mansion until 1965, the last 20 years of which were devoted to the creation of the Gorky Museum, which arose almost on her enthusiasm.

Exhibition of the Gorky House Museum
The Museum has preserved a unique rich library of Gorky. Most of the items of use have been preserved to this day in their original form. Since the ryabushinskys left the house when the building was owned by the city, some pieces of furniture and lighting from that time, made according to Schechtel's sketches, were lost, the ventilation system was destroyed and the unique Carrara marble fireplace was dismantled.

Nowadays, the entrance to the Museum is through the back door. Maxim Gorky himself lived only on the first floor of the house, on the second floor lived his family-his son Maxim Alekseevich with his wife Nadezhda Alekseevna and granddaughters Daria and Marfa. At nightfall, floral patterns begin to glow on the dome in the chapel. The Museum keeps a book where the names of absolutely all visitors are marked.

Until recently, the entrance to the Museum was free, but in 2018 you will have to pay 300 rubles for a ticket.