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Vladimir Nabokov Museum

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Address: Bolshaya Morskaya St., 47, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
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+7 812 315-47-13
12:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 11:00 - 18:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

This museum devoted to the famous author offers a window into Nabokov's...

This museum devoted to the famous author offers a window into Nabokov's life, including some of his books, his butterfly collection and his drawings of butterflies.

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Very nice house-museum of the great russian and world writer

Near to St.Isaac's Square in the Bolshaya Morskaya(Great Marin) street is located the house in which was born Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov. I love his works, starting from his... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2016
Oleg Y
Belgrade, Serbia
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

This small museum to the life and works of the great author Vladimir Nabakov is set up in his family home when he lived in St Petersburg, prior to emigrating to the US. It has a number of items from his carer as well as family photos and some of his butterfly collection. He was a passionate butterfly collector and... More 

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Reviewed 23 June 2016

Near to St.Isaac's Square in the Bolshaya Morskaya(Great Marin) street is located the house in which was born Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov. I love his works, starting from his short acting period in Russia, then the novels and short stories created over the times spent in Germany, France, Great Britain and finally in America. He left his hometown, St.Petersburg in 1917... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 11 January 2015

This museum is small and there is no entrance fee which is strange for museums in St. Petersburg. There is not that much in the museum, but it is nonetheless interesting. There are English translations for most of the descriptions. The house itself is also very nice and it's great to see what the houses used to look like.

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Do drop in to this (free) little museum - the young man staffing the desk was very helpful and showed us a fascinating video from the '60s (the BBC made some good stuff back then)... Only a couple of the rooms are open (and the buidling is rather battered and bruised) but the items on show are interesting. Walk up... More 

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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Some nice bits of memorabilia on display - such as VN's glasses, some of his index cards and other interesting things. It is free to get in and for free, its ok. Right next to St Issacs. The Frost interview with VN from 1962 is fascinating but you might not want to sit there and watch the whole thing!

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Reviewed 22 February 2014 via mobile

We visited the museum last summer, and it was hard to found, when you're trying to get there on foot. But it was very nice experience when we had no map and lost somewhere, and then found a beautiful house with a wooden balcony. The interior is very rich and authentic, the butterfly collection, sketches and other stuff can really... More 

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Reviewed 26 July 2013

Very small museum, informal atmosphere, free entrance. Beautiful butterflies. Info in both Russian and English.

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Reviewed 23 June 2013

This museum was put together in the last decade or so and sits on the ground floor of the townhouse that Nabokov grew up in. It has lots of explanation of Nabokov and his life in English and lots of his artifacts including some of his butterflies. It is very low key, but interesting if you are a fan of... More 

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Reviewed 23 June 2013 via mobile

Small museum, quick stop - probably only of interest to his fans. I loved the interview running on the tv - he explains that Lolita was merely about obsession, all types of obsession, and that he is not meant to be mistaken for Humberto himself. He writes by putting thoughts on notecards - which are there for you to see,... More 

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Reviewed 8 June 2013

Beautiful posters for different editions of Lolita, very interesting collection of butterflies studied by N., amazing "samizdat" copies of N. novels' (his works were banned in Soviet times), interesting marginal notes by a young N. in biology textbooks.

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