Tours offered by the Nabokov Museum, St. Petersburg

The Nabokov House

The Nabokov House is located at 47 Bolshaya Morskaya Street in St. Petersburg. Lovingly described in Speak, Memory, the building now houses the Nabokov Museum on the ground floor. The interior preserves a number of the mansion's original details, including the wood panelings and ceilings. Also displayed are several original pieces of furniture, books from the family library, and paintings that were hanging in the house when it was confiscated in 1918. An exhibition of photographs and documents illustrates Nabokov's childhood and youth, his life and art, the history of the Nabokov family and their homes, including the mansion's original interior. On display are some of Vladimir Nabokov's personal belongings, such as his pince-nez and the pencils he used for writing passages of future works on index cards, which were donated by his son Dmitri. Visitors may also view the second-floor bedroom of Elena Nabokova, where Vladimir Nabokov was born in 1899.

The Nabokov Estates

... two hours' ride away a manor, a fir forest, and a
river, the lifelong focus of his passionate nostalgia.
--Brian Boyd, Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years
The Museum offers bus tours to the Nabokov estates, making stops at Rozhdestveno, Vyra, and Batovo. On the way, the visitors can savor the remarkably beautiful banks of the Oredezh River, an old dam and waterfall, the road from Vyra to Batovo, and the exquisite Russian landscape.

At Rozhdestveno, the estate of his Uncle Ruka, which Vladimir Nabokov inherited in 1916, visitors are shown the manor. Restoration of the building subsequent to a fire in 1995 is nearly complete. There is also a park, a church and the Rukavishnikov family crypt at the village of Rozhdestveno.

At Vyra, once the Nabokov family summer estate, only remains of the English park and auxiliary structures have survived; the manor itself has not.

At Batovo, the estate of Vladimir Nabokov's grandmother Korff, visitors are shown the linden alley, which is all that is left of the estate.

Nabokov's St. Petersburg

Visitors will enjoy a bus tour to Petersburg sites related to Nabokov or mentioned in his works. The tour includes a visit to the Tenishev School as well as other places of special interest to Nabokovians.

The Museum can also arrange private tours by car, with an English-speaking guide, on request.

Museum address: Nabokov Museum, 47 Bolshaya Morskaya Street, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia

Tel: (812) 315-4713; (812) 312-3855
Fax: (812) 356-5330; (812) 312- 6594

e-mail: fnab@COMSET.SPB.RU