Dostoevsky Museum

The F. M. Dostoyevsky Literary Memorial Museum (Государственный Литературно-мемориальный музей Ф. М. Достоевского), located on Kuznechny Lane 5/2 in Saint Petersburg, was opened on November 12, 1971 in the former apartment of the famous writer.[1][2]

Fyodor Dostoyevsky lived in the apartment twice during his life: first for a short period in 1846 in the beginnings of his career, and later from October 1878 until his death in January 1881.[1] The apartment was his home during the composition of some of his most notable works, including The Double: A Petersburg Poem and The Brothers Karamazov.[3] The apartment has been reconstructed based on the memoirs of his wife and his friends.[4]

Museum features

The Dostoyevsky Museum has several parts:

  • The Writer’s Memorial Apartment – the museum's central part
  • The Literary Exhibit, dedicated to the writer's biography and creation
  • The Exhibit Halls, for exhibits of contemporary art
  • The Theater, in which the White Theater presents its performances, as well as the museum's partner theaters: "Puppet Format", "Takoy Theatre", and other local, national, and international theaters.

Over the years, the museum's collection has increased many times over. It currently includes a large collection of graphic and applied art and a significant collection of photographs.

The museum library holds about 24,000 volumes and a small collection of manuscripts. The collection has continued growing due to gifts from visitors, friends of the museum, and Dostoevsky scholars.

Every November, the museum hosts an international scholarly conference "Dostoyevsky and World Culture," and a journal of the same name is published with the conference proceedings.[5]

The museum is included in cultural tours in St Petersburg, some specifically focusing upon Dostoevsky. [6][7]


  1. "The F.M. Dostoevsky Literary Memorial Museum". Archived from the original on 17 January 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2009.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2009-12-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. Sun, Key (2001), Fedor Dostoevsky's desk in his Museum-Apartment in Saint Petersburg, retrieved 12 April 2017
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-13. Retrieved 2009-12-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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