Tchaikovsky House Museum (Дом- музей П.И. Чайковского)

Tchakovsky House Museum


Location: Klin, Ulitsa Tchaikovskaya 48, 90 km (55 mi) Northwest of Moscow

P.I. Tchakovsky


Description of Tchaikovsky House Museum

Tchaikovsky House Museum is located in the city of Klin, 90 km (55 mi) Northwest of Moscow. Tchaikovsky House-Museum (Дом-музей Чайковского), Chaikovskogo st, 18 (Located in the center of the town. If you ride by bus 437, ask the driver to stop at the Chaikovsky square (Сквер Чайковского) and go ahead), ☎ +7 95 539-81-96, fax: +7 95 539-84-67, e-mail: 10:00 - 18:00, except Wednesday, Thursday and the last Monday of the month. Box office until 17:00. The museum was founded in 1894. Fee 280 RUB.


This modest, but cozy residence once belonged to a local judge V.S. Sakharov was also a residence for the famous Russian composer P.I. Tchaikovsky since May 1892 till his death. Shortly after death of a Tchaikovsky, his residence became a museum. Tchaikovsky's residence was fully preserved along with a personal archives, his books along with personal items and furniture. In 1916 the house was transferred to a Moscow branch of the Russian Musical Society. Thus this organization fulfilled the last will of composer's brother Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky.


In 1921 the building was nationalized by a newly established Soviet government. Unlike many other private residencies the house of Tchaikovsky was never looted even during Russian Revolution of 1917 and subsequent Civil War. Apparently it was too far from Moscow to experience any upheavals of civil unrest. The composer chose this place exactly for this reason, to escape the big metropolis. However during onset of World War II parts of the museum had to be evacuated from the approaching German troops. Whatever wasn't saved by the workers of museum, was looted and destroyed by the Germans.


However most of interior of Tchaikovsky House Museum was preserved and later returned to the original estate, once the Nazi army was defeated. All the furnishings, over 200 of his personal belongings, library and archive is still preserved in this quiet residence. In addition to a personal house where Tchaikovsky once lived Memorial Museum Preserve Tchaikovsky also includes a beautiful park and a personal estate "Demyanovo". It was personal home of Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev, favorite pupil of Tchaikovsky. In addition to exhibition halls and personal items Tchaikovsky House Museum holds small concerts in the same rooms where they were played for the first time.