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City Hunter: Moscow Museum of S. A. Esenin
March 20, 2012 15:48

The Moscow State Museum of S. A. Esenin is a must-see attraction in the Russian capital. This captivating place undoubtedly deserves attention of foreign visitors.
Not many tourists hear about this little-known cultural destination, which helps one to soak up Russian history and to experience the astonishing atmosphere of the poet's life.
Let's step off the beaten tourists path so that to seek for something new and exciting like this museum, located just a short walk form metro station “Serpukhovskaya”.

When you arrive, you will see a two-storey wooden house, where Sergey Esenin lived from 1911-1918. First of all you should enter and buy a ticket which includes an audio guide. The excursion starts outside the museum so you should leave the building so that to listen to the voice coming from the speakers above the front door. After a brief story about the history of the museum, the only house where the poet was registered and where he lived with his father Alexander Nikitich, the tour will continue inside.



When you enter the museum, you will see the beautiful statue of the poet standing near the door. The hall is decorated with dried flowers in herbs, reminding of the Russian nature that was many times described in Esenin's poems. Sergey was born in the settlement of Konstantinovo in the Ryazan region. He loved the countryside surrounding his house and wrote about it with passion.


Walk through the corridor to the main room of the museum. The space is small but is so peaceful and cozy, that one can sit here for a long time. There is a glass wall with a portrait of young Esenin, which divides the room where you sit and the stylized room of the beginning of the XXth century where the poet lived. This wall is like a border between centuries and it seems like you look in the mirror and see the parallel reality full of touching poems about love, life and tragic fate.








All the objects in the room are typical for the past and reflect the atmosphere of the poet's life. There is a table with a samovar and it seems that Sergey Esenin has just been sitting here, drinking tea and writing.









 There are many books, photographs and, of course, icons that tell us about the poet's religious nature.










 Here you can see many other things except this room. The walls are interspersed with different historic documents connected with the Old Moscow and Esenin's life.

For example, the poet's publications and autographs.
   “The Birch” (1914) was the first Esenin's published poem. It appeared in the children’s magazine “Mirok”. After this event Sergey decided to give up his work and devote himself to poetry.


Or you can see different photographs and portraits.
One of the important periods in the life of Sergey Esenin was the time when he met some famous Moscow poets like Alexander Blok, Sergey Gorodetsky, and others.

Esenin was married several times and we can learn about different period connected with his wives.
The most famous wife of Sergey Esenin is Isadora Dunkan. A separate stand is dedicated to their romance.
The poet met the American dancer in the autumn of 1921, they got married and spent the following year travelling abroad, visiting Germany, Belgium and America. You can see photographs of the couple and the foreign passport of Sergey Esenin.

In the next hall you will see a thematic film about Esenin and the unique newsreel shots.
The film and the audio guide are available in several foreign languages.

We advise you to visit this exciting place dedicated to one of the greatest Russian poets. And now you can watch an interesting video, just several seconds from the past, when the happy couple came to New York.

Sergey Esenin and his wife Isadora Dunkan/newsreel, 1922.

Address: 24/2, Bolshoy Strochenovsky lane, metro station “Serpukhovskaya”.
Opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 11:00- 18:00, Wednesday from 14:00-21:00.
Note: You have to pass through the security check point in order to get to the territory of the museum.

Natalia Semicheva.
All photos are made by the author
© Natalia Semicheva, 2012.

Author: Natalia Semicheva

Tags: City Hunter Russian tourism Russian museums Russian poets Russian literature 

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