Yelizarov Museum

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Yelizarov Museum
4.5
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For Russian Revolution aficionados only!
May 2018
Mark Elizarov was the husband of Lenin's sister Anna. Mark was employed in maritime insurance. The couple bought this apartment in 1913 when the building was constructed. They occupied it, along with Anna's mother and the couple's adopted son. When Lenin returned to Russia in the spring of 1917, he and his wife Nadezhda Krupskaya moved in as well and remained here for about three months before having to flee the city in the July "troubles". Party gatherings and editorial meetings of Pravda were held here, attended by, among others, Stalin, Kamenev, and Zinoviev, the latter two ultimately "eliminated" by Stalin nearly two decades later. The flat looks today as it did then, and it's an enormously moving and fascinating experience for Revolution aficionados to visit, as it contains many objects belonging to Lenin and his family: a chess set set up for 4 players; two pianos; lovely old wood stoves in each room, bed and window coverings embroidered by the women of the family. Non-Russian speakers can visit independently and rewardingly, as there is an adequate explanatory English information card at the entrance to each room. The visit is, however, richer if you are accompanied by a Russian-speaking guide who can translate for you the remarks of the museum staff, who, on a Sunday morning at opening time, consisted of a charming elderly lady who was happy to share everything she knew about the flat and its famous residents. Among other things, she related how Mark Elizarov was arrested just after the escape of Lenin down the back stairs, as he slightly resembled his brother-in-law and was mistaken for him. Visiting hours are unclear if you try to look them up on the internet, and indeed hours are stated incorrectly on the museum's own official website. As of the date of this review, opening hours are 10-6 Saturday to Tuesday, 1-8 on Wednesday, and closed altogether on Thursday and Friday.

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Neighbourhood: Petrogradsky
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  • Chkalovskaya • 7 min walk

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opera_fanatic47
Arles-sur-Tech, France251 contributions
For Russian Revolution aficionados only!
May 2018 • Solo
Mark Elizarov was the husband of Lenin's sister Anna. Mark was employed in maritime insurance. The couple bought this apartment in 1913 when the building was constructed. They occupied it, along with Anna's mother and the couple's adopted son. When Lenin returned to Russia in the spring of 1917, he and his wife Nadezhda Krupskaya moved in as well and remained here for about three months before having to flee the city in the July "troubles". Party gatherings and editorial meetings of Pravda were held here, attended by, among others, Stalin, Kamenev, and Zinoviev, the latter two ultimately "eliminated" by Stalin nearly two decades later.

The flat looks today as it did then, and it's an enormously moving and fascinating experience for Revolution aficionados to visit, as it contains many objects belonging to Lenin and his family: a chess set set up for 4 players; two pianos; lovely old wood stoves in each room, bed and window coverings embroidered by the women of the family.

Non-Russian speakers can visit independently and rewardingly, as there is an adequate explanatory English information card at the entrance to each room. The visit is, however, richer if you are accompanied by a Russian-speaking guide who can translate for you the remarks of the museum staff, who, on a Sunday morning at opening time, consisted of a charming elderly lady who was happy to share everything she knew about the flat and its famous residents. Among other things, she related how Mark Elizarov was arrested just after the escape of Lenin down the back stairs, as he slightly resembled his brother-in-law and was mistaken for him.

Visiting hours are unclear if you try to look them up on the internet, and indeed hours are stated incorrectly on the museum's own official website. As of the date of this review, opening hours are 10-6 Saturday to Tuesday, 1-8 on Wednesday, and closed altogether on Thursday and Friday.
Written 13 May 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

FAMILY34
ENGLAND50 contributions
Time capsule worth visiting
Jun 2016 • Couples
A bit off the tourist map but worth visiting if you want to see a little time capsule. The architecture of the apartment block is truly interesting and it is still a residential building. The lift is tiny. The two ladies who look after the museum don't speak English but they're delightful even playing a piano recital. I don't think many foreign tourists bother to visit which is a shame.

Written 5 July 2016
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