Dostoevsky Memorial Museum
The museum to Fedor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (1821–1881) opened in 1971 in the house where the writer rented his last apartment from 1878 until his death in 1881. It was here that he worked on his Diary, his famous Speech on Pushkin and completed his last novel The Brothers Karamazov.
Dostoyevsky's apartment has been restored to its original state with the aid of archive material, photographs and memoirs by the writer's contemporaries. The memorial rooms (the entrance-hall, drawing-room, study, dining-room and the room of the writer's wife Anna Grigoryevna Snitkina) contain displays of Dostoyevsky's personal belongings and furnishings, many of which were donated to the museum by the writer's descendants. Together, the exhibits illustrate the life of a Russian intellectual in the second half of the 19th century. A literary display offers insights into Dostoyevsky's work on such novels as Poor People, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Possessed, shedding light on the circumstances of their creation. It includes editions of Dostoyevsky's books published during his lifetime, a collection of illustrations for them, books and photographs signed by the writer and his famous contemporaries, and manuscripts and portraits. Every year, in November, the museum holds an international conference about Dostoyevsky and World Culture.