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Andrey Bely Memorial Apartment in Moscow
November 28, 2015 10:59


The writer's apartment, where he lived for 26 years later became the main character of his works.
Andrey Bely  was a penname of Boris Nikolaevich Bugaev (1880–1934), a writer, poet, philosopher and the theorist of Symbolism. He was considered a genius by lots of his contemporaries and at the same time subjected to harsh criticism and persecution by the Soviet officials.
Rakhmanov's House in the Arbat Street was the pirthplace of Andrey Bely, who lived there till 1906. The mansion was given away for communal flats in 1930, and later occupied by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Only in the late 1980s the former apartment of Andrey Bely was given over to the Alexander Pushkin State Museum. The Memorial Apartment of Andrey Bely was officially opened on August 31, 2000.
The apartment has five rooms, each with its own exposition theme. Thus, the Nursery tells about infantile and school days of Borya Bugaev, and relations with his wife Asya Turgeneva. The writer's drawings are displayed here too.
The room of the writer's mother, who inculcated in her son love for literature, music, and painting presents materials related to the early works by Andrey Bely.
The study room of the writer's father, who was a professor of the Moscow University, keeps exhibits telling about the Bugaevs' family friends and guests, as well as Andrey Bely's life in the Soviet era and his work on his famous novel Moscow. The writer's father became the prototype of the novel's main character.
The dining room displays manuscripts, books, photos, and documents, which characterize not only the writer's life, but also the epoch and the situation in the country of that time.
The sitting room is a venue for creative meetings, presentations and  recitals.
Open hours:
from 10 am to 6 pm on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday;
from 12 am to 9 pm on Thursday

Address: 55, Arbat Street, near the Smolenskaya metro station, Moscow
Official site of Andrey Bely Memorial Apartment

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Author: Vera Ivanova

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