The Pushkin House Museum in Moscow was once the home of the poet Alexander Pushkin and his wife Natalya Goncharova. Pushkin was one of the greatest Russian poets of the 1800s and is considered to be the founder of modern Russian literature. His most famous play, Boris Godunov, was written while he couldn't publish it due to the Tsar's political police. The couple was a great source of Russian romanticism, and the museum provides insights into their lives in Moscow. They spent the first three months of their happy marriage in this pretty blue house in 1831.
Visitors to the house can see oil and water color paintings and drawings, portraits of the poet, rare etchings and lithographs, red wood and Karelia birch furniture, gold plated bronze, leather bound books, manuscripts, old magazines and newspapers, and other antiques that decorated the couple's home. Many of the original pieces of furniture can still be seen in the Pushkin House. Across the street is a statue of the two lovebirds.
Pushkin House Museum is located at 53 Arbat Street in Moscow. The closest metro station is Smolenskaya. Opening hours are 10am to 6pm Wednesday and Friday through Sunday, and from noon to 9pm on Thursday. The museum is closed on the last Friday of every month. Admission is R120.