Chaliapin House Museum (Дом - Музей Шаляпина) (Moscow)

Shalyapin House Museum (Дом- Музей Шаляпина) (Moscow)

Novinskiy bulvar 25

Tel. (499) 255 6399

Subway: Smolenskaya, Barrikadnaya

Open: 10am- 7pm Wed, Thu

10am- 3pm Sun


Description of the Chaliapin House Museum

The house of F. I. Chaliapin in Moscow is the house-Museum of the famous Russian chamber singer. Chaliapin and his family lived in this building from 1910 until their forced emigration to the United States in 1922. The Soviet government turned it into a communal apartment, dividing the house with new partitions. It was only in the 1980s that the building was decided to be renovated. Chaliapin's descendants participated in the restoration of the interior and gave away some of their personal belongings. The house of F. I. Chaliapin was opened on September 23, 1988. There was also a monument to the singer near the house.
Fyodor Chaliapin was born in Kazan in 1873 and spent his early years in poverty, working in a port on the Volga until his unique vocal talent was discovered. He made his international debut at La Scala, Milan, in 1901. He went on to sing many great operatic bass roles, including don Quixote, Ivan the terrible, and Boris Godunov. Chaliapin died in Paris in 1938, but his remains have since been returned to Russia and reburied in the Novodevichy cemetery along with other famous Russians.

This is one of the new Moscow house-museums and one of the best. In the collection of the Chaliapin Museum there are funny drawings of Chaliapin made by his children, as well as porcelain dolls bought in France, which adorn the cozy living room with green upholstery. In the office, portraits of the singer in his various Opera roles hang on the walls. The carved chair in front of the dining room was a gift from the writer Maxim Gorky, and the paintings on the walls were painted by the artist Konstantin Korovin. Other items on display in the house include the singer's makeup and one of his wigs. In the concert room, visitors can listen to recordings of Chaliapin's performances. After singing, Chaliapin often invited his guests to play Billiards. Chaliapin did not like to lose, and, depending on his mood, his wife only invited friends with enough understanding to allow him to win all the games.

Today, the Chaliapin house hosts concerts of both outstanding contemporary artists and young performers, as well as competitions, festivals, and conferences. There are guided tours, lectures, concert recordings of Chaliapin, evenings of subscription cycles, etc. the Chaliapin House Museum is one of the branches of the Glinka Museum of musical culture.


The exhibition Of the F. I. Chaliapin Museum consists of a collection of personal belongings of the artist, stage costumes, antique furniture, as well as art works by Valentin Serov, Konstantin Korovin, Vasily Polenov, Mikhail Nesterov and Mikhail Vrubel and Boris Chaliapin — the artist's son. The interior rooms were recreated based on the memoirs and notes of Irina's daughter, Iola's wife, and the stories of contemporaries.

The permanent exhibition consists of a recreated Suite of rooms on the first and second floors of the mansion. The entrance hall leads to Iola Chaliapina's room, where her portrait by Boris Chaliapin, family photos, wedding ribbons and a landscape of Ayu-Dag mountain hang. Next door is Chaliapin's room, which adjoined the front hall and the hall connected to the mezzanine. In the dining room, Chaliapin celebrated with his friends successful benefit shows — the table could fit more than thirty people. The exhibition features an original table, as well as artistic works by Konstantin Korovin. The buffet contains hand-painted sets and symbols of the Imperial family.

In the Green living room hangs a painting by the Irish artist O'connell "Portrait of a Gypsy", which, according to legend, Chaliapin purchased in Brussels. There is also an old gramophone, a set of records with recordings of Opera singers, as well as an authentic artist's chair from his apartment in Paris, where he spent the last years of his life. In this room, a small troupe of the Chaliapin Studio, which included Ruben Simonov, Osip Abdulov, Olga Androvskaya, as well as the artist's children — Lydia and Irina, arranged their performances.

The Cabinet of Chaliapin was used by the artist to read books located on the book shelves. The singer's family library included books by Alexander Pushkin, Ivan Turgenev, Miguel de Cervantes, and William Shakespeare. On the artist's Desk is a portrait of Anton Chekhov. The white hall is a concert hall that hosts temporary exhibitions, as well as musical evenings. In this hall, Chaliapin conducted rehearsals, which were often attended by other musicians, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arseny Korashchenko, Fyodor Keneman and others. The hall opened onto a terrace that overlooked the front garden.

The rooms on the second floor display awards and gifts received by the artist throughout his life. These include the French Legion of Honor, Lithuanian and Bulgarian awards. Mannequins display stage costumes in which Chaliapin performed all over the country, and sketches of scenery by artists Ivan Bilibin and Korovin hang on the walls. The artist's authentic items are displayed nearby: a hat, playing cards, cigarettes, as well as a Bechstein Grand piano, which Rachmaninoff often played at.

The last room of the exhibition is a billiard room, which contains a table of the company "V. K. Schultz", given to Chaliapin by his wife Iola, as well as a large table and a telephone.

"And was our mansion is simply but soundly; its main attraction was the library of his father, picked up mostly of A. M. Gorky. The luxury of our house was Billiards, which my mother bought for my father, who was fond of this game.
The artist's daughter Irina Shalyapina»