Corney Chukovsky House Museum
Serafimovicha str., 3, village of DSK Michurinets, Moscow
Phones: +7 495 695-53-08
Web site: https://www.goslitmuz.ru/museums/dom-muzey-k-i-chukovskogo/
Korney Ivanovich Chukovsky called himself a "multi-organist", because at the same time he wrote poems, fairy tales, books about Nekrasov, Chekhov, Whitman, Gorky, Blok, and was engaged in literary translation. His house surprisingly reflects the extraordinary personality of the writer: the Oxford mantle of a scientist is next to a fabulous Miracle tree, a photo of the cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin-with a portrait of the poet Velimir Khlebnikov, who coined the word "pilot", and a figure of Humpty Dumpty. The attention of young visitors will undoubtedly be attracted by the ceremonial headdress of an Indian chief and a magical music box, and literary historians will be interested, for example, in the manuscripts of N. A. Nekrasov, found by Chukovsky, and the last article by Leo Tolstoy, written at the suggestion of Chukovsky.
Photographs, graphics, paintings, and a collection of books remind us of Chukovsky's connections with the major representatives of Russian culture of the first quarter of the twentieth century — I. E. Repin, A. A. Blok, V. V. Mayakovsky, L. N. Andreev, A. I. Kuprin, B. D. Grigoriev, K. A. Korovin, and many others. At the same time, it is filled with wonders that have come down from the pages of children's books.
The interior of the house is preserved as it was in the last years of the writer's life. Photographs, graphics, paintings, and a collection of books remind us of Chukovsky's connections with the major representatives of Russian culture in the first quarter of the twentieth century — I. E. Repin, A. A. Blok, V. V. Mayakovsky, L. N. Andreev, A. I. Kuprin, B. D. Grigoriev, K. A. Korovin, and many others. At the same time, it is filled with wonders that have come down from the pages of children's books. In the living room you can see a jug, which became a model for the artist who designed the first edition of "Moidodyr", and a black dial phone, on which the author of "Phone" "called" an elephant and other representatives of the fauna. In the study there is a model of a Miracle Tree, made as a gift by the children. A" real " Miracle Tree can be seen in the garden next to the house.
A. I. Solzhenitsyn lived in the house for several months, and Chukovsky sheltered him under his roof. Today, the room on the first floor retains a desk and exhibits reminiscent of the writer's work. And in the next room — the situation in which the creator of the museum, writer and public figure L. K. Chukovskaya lived until the last days.
A significant part of the exhibition is occupied by Chukovsky's working library, which contains about 4,500 books, of which more than a thousand are in foreign languages (mainly in English).
The house-Museum of K. I. Chukovsky is located in the writer's village of Peredelkino, which was built in the mid-1930s, and is a typical example of a country cottage of that time. The interior of the house in which Korney Chukovsky lived since 1938, after his death, was preserved by the writer's daughter Lydia Korneevna and his granddaughter Elena Tsezarevna Chukovsky. They also became the first guides to the writer's house. The first visitors entered the Chukovsky house thirty-five years ago — then the museum was still unofficial, domestic.
When Lydia Chukovskaya was forced to stop receiving visitors by order of the authorities, an active struggle for the preservation of the museum began. This idea was defended by such people as P. L. Kapitsa, V. A. Kaverin, S. V. Obraztsov, A. I. Raikin, D. S. Likhachev, and E. N. Uspensky. In February 1994, the order "On the creation of the Museum of K. I. Chukovsky" was signed, and two years later, after a major restoration, the Chukovsky House opened its doors to guests as a department of the State Museum of the History of Russian Literature named after V. I. Dal. Its first head was the outstanding sound archivist, literary critic Lev Shilov (1932-2004).
Children have always been the most welcome guests in the Chukovsky house. They gathered from all over the village — the writer read them his works, played, led conversations. On the territory of the museum, the bonfire site is preserved, and traditionally in the fall and spring there are "bonfires", as it was in the time of the writer.
Chukovsky was the third Oxford laureate in the entire history of Russia from non — emigrant writers. Before him, the red and gray mantle — an indispensable attribute of the academic degree "honoris causa" - was received by the poet and mentor of the heir to the throne Vasily Zhukovsky, and in 1879, the doctor of law was awarded to Ivan Turgenev — for the "Notes of the Hunter"that thundered in Europe. In the last years of his life, the Oxford gown was a mandatory part of the mischievous and at the same time solemn public image of Korney Ivanovich: he often appeared in it before his guests and young readers, always causing admiration.