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Gorky's House (Ryabushinsky Mansion)

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Address: Mal. Nikitskaya St., 6/2 | Metro: Pushkinskaya or Arbatskaya, Moscow 121069, Russia
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Phone Number: +7 495 690-51-30
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Writer Maxim Gorky's residence from 1931 to 1936, this remarkable home is a...

Writer Maxim Gorky's residence from 1931 to 1936, this remarkable home is a stunning example of art nouveau architecture, highlighted by a twisting marble staircase, stained glass roof and flowery mosaic and stucco decorations.

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Evocative, memorable and true to Gorky's spirit.

The Gorky house (or Ryubashinsky mansion) is worth a visit even for those who are not admirers of Gorky's writing. It is a fine example of an art nouveau house, beautifully... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Gorky house (or Ryubashinsky mansion) is worth a visit even for those who are not admirers of Gorky's writing. It is a fine example of an art nouveau house, beautifully preserved, which feels as if one is moving underwater, with curving, flowing carving and features throughout. For those who have read Gorky then the house is unmissable. Gorky's final... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's interesting, I wouldn't mind guessing that the majority a foreigners who visit here come for the architecture rather than any great interest in the writer. The thing is though that clearly the authority's view is that this is a museum about Gorky first and foremost so apart from the display in the cloakroom there is not a lot said... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Go downstairs first ,to check your coat, then upstairs to pay and put on overshoes supplied. Most rooms have information sheets in plastic sleeves in a few languages including English. Last room up a narrow staircase would be tough for some, worth a visit to see secret chapel. We arrived to view on a public holiday and was closed, but... More 

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This house has been frozen in time and was quite hard to find. Although it is interesting to visit I would say it is really only for those who have a love of Gorky. It is free to enter but they charge you to take photos.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

It was such an unexpected delight to enter Gorky's house and find his previous home frozen in time. The magnificent staircase is an architectural gem and appears to be flowing like waves. The original Art Nouveau windows are outstanding and frame the rooms beautifully. Various papers, books and typewriter adorn his desk and the atmosphere of the room makes it... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

That was astonishing appearance of one building, since we haven't seen such architectural design of the house in the whole Moscow. It is the Gorky's house or Ryabushinsky mansion, located in Malaya Nikitskaya street. It can be said, that house is situated in one really genuine artistic region of Moscow, between the Tverskaya street and Novi Arbat Boulevard. It was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

Interesting art-nouevau house. Not many houses were built in this style in Moscow. Famous writer Maxim Gorky lived in this house.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

There are no English translations or English audio guide. Museum is small and out of the way. Probably should visit other places first unless you love Art Nouveau or interior design. House is full of historic furniture pieces.

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

This is really one of the most impressive building made in Art-Nouveau style (which in Russian is called "Modern"). It was built at the beginning of 20th century by a famous Russian architect Fiodor O. Shekhtel. You should see both the building and the interior with the famous starecase in the form of a wave. Each separate detail of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

This is a place where you should go to with a guide. Even more: with a local guide. Don't be afraid - it's not going to be all about Maxim Gorky. So many interesting facts about the history, architecture and the inhabitants of the house are given by the guide that you merely forget about the time. You also have... More 

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When you need to hide from the city’s noise and traffic but don’t want to stroll too far, Patriarch Ponds is the place to be. Calm water, friendly swans and ducks with beautiful early 20th century architecture in the background make this neighborhood a place you’ll never want to leave. Besides stylish bars and restaurants scattered in the streets around the pond, you’ll be able to enjoy museum life from modern art to a former private apartment of Mikhail Bulgakov. As most of the businesses are open late, stop for a cocktail and then stroll by the pond to rent a boat and row yourself to the middle of the “bowl” as the locals call it.
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