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St. Petersburg Museum of VV Nabokov

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Posted on 26 July 2011

St. Petersburg Museum of VV Nabokov
Address: 190000, St. Petersburg, ul. Bolshaya Morskaya, 47
Phone: (812) 315-4713
Working hours: Tuesday to Thursday - from 11.00 to 18.00, Friday - from 11.00 to 17.00, Saturday and Sunday - from 12.00 to 17.00, a day off - Monday

Nabokov Museum in St. Petersburg opened its doors in 1998. Currently he is on the first floor of the house where the writer lived as a youth. Here some kind of preserved historic rooms, including living room, dining room and library. Those premises whose interior has not survived, are allocated to the gallery.

Of course, by the time the museum was created in the house of Nabokov there was not a subject of those that belonged to them - no books, no furniture, no items from the art collection, nothing. Once in 1917 the house and property were nationalized Nabokov, their book collection and art collection to museums and flowed libraries. The most valuable was transferred to the Russian Museum, the Hermitage and the Russian National Library.

The bulk of photographs of Nabokov and his family, and related documents was abroad and settled in private collections and archives, relatives of the writer. Some items from the family home Nabokov kept in the families of people who have worked for them.

All of the exhibits, which now can show off the museum's collection have been collected in recent years. Most of them were presented to the museum as a gift. Many of those who unwittingly curator of rare materials and things relevant to the Nabokov House and the history of their family, themselves brought them to the museum and leave here as a gratuitous gift.

A considerable part of the collection consists of manuscripts Nabokov belonged to him and his family stuff and written materials that were sent to the museum from abroad. Brian Boyd gave the museum his coat, jacket and boots Nabokov, who gave him writer's widow, Vera Evseevna. From a private collection in the museum, Terry Myers, Nabokov received a unique collection of first editions of works by the writer, not only released as separate books, but also published in magazines. Nabokov's son Dmitri Vladimirovich gave the museum his glasses of his father, his pencils, cards working with manuscripts, they signed the game "Scrabble" and Nabokov prinadlezhavschy insect net.

MSU professor Formozov gave the museum a collection of Nabokov's butterflies, belonging to the writer. This collection came to him from the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, where Nabokov at one time worked. The collection was donated to the Museum of butterflies of Comparative Zoology by Nabokov. At present the picture exposure of the St. Petersburg Museum of Nabokov.

The works of Russian writers abroad at the time of Nabokov published in very small print runs, so the first edition of his works - a great rarity. Nabokov Museum has a complete collection of his books for 20-30s. Among them the most valuable is the first edition of the novel "The King, Queen, Jack," autographed by Nabokov.

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