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The Nabokov Museum

47 Bolshaya Morskaya Street, St. Petersburg. This address is known to every reader of Vladimir  Nabokov’s works. The future great writer, the great exile  was born in this house on  April 10 (Old Style), 22/23 April (New Style), 1899. Since then  the house has not changed much , the house number is the same. Moreover, the original name of the street, which was changed after 1917, is now back. In his autobiographical novel  "Speak, Memory" written almost fifty years after leaving the house, Vladimir Nabokov  described the house and the lifestyle of his family in great detail.

Nabokov called it "the only house in the world". And we can understand it literally – Nabokov and his family never owned any house after their departure from St.Petersburg in November 1917. And although over the years much in the house was lost it still retains the look and the atmosphere of the unique home where the writer grew up and which appears not only in the autobiography but in other Nabokov’s  works.

The Nabokov Museum was opened in 1998 as a non-governmental cultural institution.  Since 2008 the museum is a division of the St. Petersburg State University Faculty of Philology and Arts. When the  museum was first opened there were very few things in the museum collection. However, over the years the Museum has accumulated a significant  collection and a large  library which is always open to our visitors.

The museum occupies the first floor, where the former dining room, the drawing room and the library room have retained much of their original look. The former "committee" room where the original interior has not survived is now used as the exhibition hall.  In addition to its everyday work , the museum conducts academic programs,  among them  annual  Nabokov Readings in April, summer school for students, international Nabokov conferences, as well as public lectures, seminars and literary readings.

Since  2008, when the Museum became part of the St.Petersburg State University, we not only significantly increased the collection but also started the long-awaited restoration of the rooms.


Museum Address:

#47 Bolshaya Morskaya Ulitsa
190000 St.Petersburg

How to get here:

take any bus or trolleybus
to Isaakievskaya Ploschad
(St.Isaak’s Square.)

The Nabokov House is the fourth
building on your right
if you take Bolshaya Morskaya
from the Isaakievskaya Sq.
in the direction of Teatralnaya Ploschad
(Theater Sq) and Mariinsky Theater

Nearest metro stations:
Nevsky Prospekt, Gostiny Dvor, Sadovaya, Sennaya –
all within walking distance.

Museum is open:    

from 11 to 18.
Saturday – from 12 to 17.

Closed Sunday, Monday and on national holidays.

Tel. (812) 315-47-13

mailto   nabokovmuseum@spbu.ru

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