The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-Estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana" is located just 200 kilometers south of Moscow and 14 kilometers from Tula. A three-hour ride by bus or car from Moscow will bring you to the entrance towers that have for years been the symbol of the Yasnaya Polyana museum.
Yasnaya Polyana is a phenomenon of Russia's historic and cultural life. With its authentic buildings, surrounded by picturesque forests, orchards, and parks, it is a typical Russian estate, which will give you an insight into the every-day life and traditions of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Whether it is your first visit or one of many you will be impressed by the simplicity and momentous associations of the Tolstoy House and everything in it.
The country estate of the 19th century has preserved its look up to this day. It includes the Tolstoy house with original furniture and library, a guest wing used for changing exhibitions and a house for the domestic staff which is now occupied by the administration. There are several farm buildings, parks with a cascade of ponds laid out at the end of the 18th century. Noteworthy are the apple orchards which occupy 40 hectares and the forests planted mostly by Tolstoy in 1870–1900.