The Nabokov Museum in Saint Petersburg
Vladimir Nabokov used to call the mansion in Bolshaya Morskaya Street "the only home in the world". During his life as an immigrant the writer has never had his personal residence.
Built on the Neva River, magnificent city of Saint Petersburg annually attracts millions of travellers from all over the globe by its museums and theatres, parks and palaces, granite embankments and drawbridges. However, these gems are not the only touristic magnet of Russia’s Northern capital. Saint Petersburg used to be the homeland to celebrated writers and poets and has preserved a vast number of historic sites that bear the memory of Russia’s intelligentsia life and creation. The city atmosphere is reflected in numerous literary works.
In 1899 a house down Bolshaya Morskaya Street in a historic centre became a birthplace to Vladimir Nabokov. Later, as an immigrant the writer would recall his childhood and adolescence with warmth and tenderness. In “Other Shores” the reader can learn on the house details and the lifestyle facts of its inhabitants, the Nabokov family. One can also recognize the house interiors in the books like “Mary” and “The Luzhin Defense”. To commemorate the writer’s 100th anniversary the Nabokov Museum was opened in 1999. The museum occupies the ground floor, and the visitors can attend the survived interiors of the former library, the dining room and the drawing room along with the collection of more than 200 objects that belonged to the Nabokovs.
Bolshaya Morskaya st., 47, Saint Petersburg
Web site: nabokov.museums.spbu.ru