Alexander Pushkin was Russia's premier Romantic-era poet, and certainly one of the most famous worldwide. For the last year of his life he lived at this 11-room Moika River Embankment apartment, on the first floor of a mansion owned by several generations of the noble Volkonsky family. The apartment became a museum in the 1920s. Its interior, a re-creation drawn from memories of his friends, is furnished with polished hardwood floors, book-lined walls, fine dark wood furniture, and Pushkin's leather couch, which he kept in his library. Pushkin's manuscripts are also on display. Note that tickets must be paid for in cash.
Pushkin died in 1837 in a duel with a French officer who had tried to seduce his wife, Natalya. As he lay dying, thousands of fans stopped by the apartment to say goodbye to him. His poems Boris Godunov and Eugene Onegin would later become world-famous operas composed by the equally famed Modest Mussorgsky and Pyotr Tchaikovsky.