The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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Ambassador of the United States of America Visited Yasnaya Polyana


On April 29, 2016 Ambassador of the United States of America to the Russian Federation, John F. Tefft, visited Yasnaya Polyana.  He took a guided tour of the Leo Tolstoy house and met with Museum Director Ekaterina Tolstaya and the head of its academic research department, the president of ICLM (ICOM) (International Committee for Literary Museums of the International Council of Museums) Galina Alexeeva.  “This visit to Yasnaya Polyana after my first visit here especially inspired and enriched me,” the Ambassador said, adding that during the tour he learned a lot about the ties between Tolstoy and America and his deep interest in American literature, history, and religion. He also noted the uniqueness of the interiors of the writer’s house and their surprising authenticity, comparing Yasnaya Polyana with the estate of the American political figure Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), Monticello. More photos can be seen here >>>

Our Schedule in May
Dear Visitors,

Please note the following changes in our schedule in May. On May 1 and 9, 2016, the museum wull be closed. On April 29 and May 6, our working day will be one hour shorter – from 9:00 to 16:00; the last guided tour will begin at 14:30. On May 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7, the museum will be open as usual – from 9:00 to 17:00; the last guided tour will start 15:30. On May 8, the museum will stay open one hour longer, till 18:00; the last tour will begin at 16:30. Also note that beginning on May 8 we switch on to the summer schedule: on Saturdays and Sundays our museum will close at 18:00.


New Guided Walks at the Yasnaya Polyana Estate

The Yasnaya Polyana museum invites everyone to enjoy the beauty of the estate’s nature and offers a number of new guided walks in the central part of the estate: The Orchards, or The Art of Creating Beautiful Landscapes; The Purest Joy – the Joy of Nature; Russian Country Estate Traditions; and a walk through more remote parts of the estate, Steps to Nature.

These guided walks are offered in Russian only; or you can bring your own translator.

Yasnaya Polyana Offers Interactive Workshops


After the winter break, we invite everybody to participate in our workshops again!

The workshops will be held at the Yasnaya Polyana estate grounds in the smithy (the building next to the stable, opposite the Volkonsky House). They will take place on weekends from 9:30 to 16:30.

The cost of attending a workshop is 100 rubles, tickets are sold on the spot.

Schedule of the workshops during the May holidays:

April 30 – painting on ceramic items and making traditional twisted dolls;

May 2 – painting on ceramic items and making traditional twisted dolls;

May 3 – painting on ceramic items and floristry

Rules for Visitors of the Estate
Dear Visitors,

We remind you that the Yasnaya Polyana Estate is an especially valuable cultural legacy of the peoples of the Russian Federation.  Accordingly, special rules for its preservation and safeguarding apply to it.  We urge you to follow the following rules for visitors to the museum. Among others, it is forbidden to smoke except in specially designated places, to hold picnics, and to travel by automobiles, mopeds, four-wheelers, and similar means of transport. There are special bicycle routes at the estate. Cycling in the central part of the Yasnaya Polyana estate is not allowed. We also remind you that bonfires are prohibited on the grounds of the estate.

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