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“A necessary pilgrimage if you like Dostoevsky”
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Dostoevsky Museum
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St. Petersburg Private Tour of Pushkin Museum and Dostoevsky Museum
Ranked #84 of 1,781 things to do in St. Petersburg
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This is the apartment where Dostoevsky wrote The Brothers Karamazov. It's been restored to look as it did when he died here in 1881.
Pie Town, New Mexico
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“A necessary pilgrimage if you like Dostoevsky”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

When I was reading "Crime and Punishment" the image of this place and its neighborhood kept coming back to me; I had been advised by the guide that it's similar to the neighborhood in which Raskolnikov lived. It was great to experience the actual living quarters of Dostoevsky, to imagine him, as the guide said, at that desk writing throughout the night, rolling cigarette after cigarette, occasionally taking up notes that his young daughters slipped under the door. It really put Dostoevsky into a tangible setting for me. It's off the beaten path, which is a great reason to go, if nothing else: it gives you a destination that takes you through everyday St. Petersburg neighborhoods, the courtyards, the shops, etc., which you won't see if you stick to the Hermitage and environs.

I've been here twice. The first time I hired a guide who worked at the museum. The second time there were two young ladies, students, outside at the front door, and one of them wanted to know if I would allow her to give me a guided tour (free) so she could work on her English. I had nothing to lose, I'd already had the "official" tour, so I agreed. It was entertaining to check her information against my earlier tour, moreso when the ladies who work at the museum would chime in every now and again to correct her. The experience was fun for me, maybe a bit trying for her, but ultimately rewarding for both of us.

Visited March 2013
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Tehran, Iran
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“A must for Russian litrature lovers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2014

I think everybody at least heard the name of Dostoevsky,and thus it is very good opportunity to see the life of this great man and also about his great,beloved and loyal wife.its easy to go there by subway but not easy to find the entrance,there is not english sign.

Visited February 2013
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New Woodstock, New York
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“For Dostoevsky Lovers Only”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014

I've loved Dostoevsky"s novels since I was first introduced to them as a college freshman over 40 years ago and have read a number of them multiple times and as such a visit to his home was near the top of my to do list for St.Petersburg. While the apartment does contain "The Desk" on which the Brothers K was written and has a number of his personal effects, I found it a bit difficult to get much of a feel for this man of such psychological complexity and spiritual depth from surroundings which could just as easily belonged to a reasonably prosperous dry goods merchant or physician. Laminated sheets with fairly detailed room to room information are available in Russian, English and French.

Visited December 2013
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Porto Alegre, RS
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“Nice museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

Great to see the place where Dostoevsky has lived his final years and written Brothers Karamazov. Good ammount of information about one of the greatest russian authors.

Visited December 2012
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Santiago, Chile
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“Cozy, amazing, moving”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

Amazing museum for everyone who has read Dostoevsky´s books and / or life! The museum is small but precious since it keeps some original manuscripts written by D´s own hand. You can also really travel through time and get a great idea of his house as a beautiful Russian house back in the 19th century. Some items are so moving ( I won´t name them because I don´t want to spoil them for you!) I took the audio-guide, I think it was worth it since it explains the different rooms and items shown. I also recommend this museum as an invitation to explore this part of the city which is not in the very core center of the touristic Saint Petersburg but it´s definitely a great other side of this gorgeous city! The gift shop is in line with the museum ( small), and has Dostoevsky´s souvenirs you can´t find anywhere else. ( There aret none in the typical souvenirs shops in St Peter).

Makes you travel in time and imagine how his life could have been....

A MUST not only for Dostoevsky´s fans, but also for anyone who is into world literature!

Visited August 2013
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