Irkutsk Regional Memorial Decembrists Museum, Volkonsky House

Irkutsk Regional Memorial Decembrists Museum, Volkonsky House

Irkutsk Regional Memorial Decembrists Museum, Volkonsky House

Irkutsk Regional Memorial Decembrists Museum, Volkonsky House
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Irkutsk Decembrists museum, founded in 1970, includes Sergey Volkonsky’s and Sergey Trubetskoy’s homesteads. Authentic items of the Decembrist families are represented in the historical interiors of the houses. Volkonsky house was built in 1838 in the style of classical noble mansions, with elements of Siberian wooden architecture. The homestead consists of servants house, stable, carriage house, barn, cattle shed and well. The house itself has a permanent exposition "The Volkonsky Family in the Siberian exile", reflecting the traditions and life of the noble family. The Volkonsky House is known as one of the most interesting memorial museums in Russia. Its appearance and interior, a complex of manor buildings makes up organic whole, conveys the color of the epoch and the atmosphere of the aristocratic way of life in the middle of the 19th century. The museum offers a diverse program for visitors, including those with disabilities: excursions, literary and musical evenings.
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland22,325 contributions
Aug 2019
Prince Sergey Volkonsky, who had fought in the Napoleonic War, was the only active general of the reformist movement of the Decembrists. After that coup against Tsar Nicholas I failed, he was sentenced with 120 others to 20 years 'katorga' (penal labor) and banishment for life to Siberia. He was one of a few, who was followed by his wife. Since he couldn't leave Siberia after the 20 years hard labor were over, he decided in 1847 to settle with his wife Mariya in Irkutsk. At least until the amnesty of Tsar Alexander I in 1856, when they could return to Europe.

Through contact with relatives in European Russia they could arrange for themselves a quite comfortable life in this town. Mariya's brother in Moscow even sent seeds and plants, so she could make a winter garden. Their manor house became a center for cultural and social activities. To learn about the Decembrist movement one has to go to the other, not far away manor house-museum of Prince Sergey Trubetskoy, which has plenty of information boards, while the visually more attractive Volkonsky House tries to give an idea of the life of a noble family in Siberia through furniture, dresses, paintings, musical instruments and other items.

If one plans to visit both places, it is recommended to start with the Trubetskoy House. There are combined tickets sold for both museums (300 RUB, instead of 200 RUB for each place). Photography is allowed and there are toilets. Outside the Volkonsky House is a garden with an old style draw well, with the servant's quarter (closed) and benches to sit on and relax.
Written April 25, 2020
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TubaKoseogluOkcu
Istanbul, Turkey5,427 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
Irkutsk is known as the "Paris" of Siberia and the Decembrists who are the exiled aristocrats, scientists and artists are the the reason for this. They brought to the city their culture and wisdom and this house which is turned into a museum is the core of this transformation.

As the Decembrists shaped Irkutsk, this museum is a must see in case you want to really discover and understand this city. Though not in downtown, it's very easy to walk to the museum. There are signs (in Latin alphabet) leading to it and from Kvartal 300, it's just 20-25 minutes of walking distance.

In case you want to take pictures inside the museum, you have to pay an extra fee. On the other hand, you can not enter the museum with big bags and/or coats, there is a lady in charge of the cloakroom to whom you have to leave those.

As for the museum, it's in fact the house where leading Decembrists got together, thus it shows life as it was in those years. It's a lovely time travel experience. The court inside must be enchanting in spring and summer, though we were there in winter, we still liked it.

I wholeheartedly recommend to visit this museum.
Written June 26, 2018
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aussie4854
Perth, Australia173 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
Our Irkustsk guide Oxanna took us on an fascinating historical journey through this memorial-museum of the Decembrists. The museum focuses on the Volkonsky family who were exiled to Siberia after the Decembrist revolt. The house has two floors and numerous small rooms that contain many of the Volkonsky family's original possessions and items of the era. As part of our tour Oxanna had arranged for our small group to have a private classical concert in Maria Volkonsky's original parlour room, using her grand piano. After learning all about the life of the Volkonsky family, experiencing a concert was a memorable experience.
Written October 4, 2014
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FlutistCPA
Xico, Mexico178 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
Travelers who have read Maria Volkonsky's Princess of Siberia will enjoy visiting this museum. Maria followed her husband to Siberia as an exile too. The book and a visit to this house bring history to life.
Written March 29, 2017
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sipivu
Paris, France2,099 contributions
Oct 2014 • Family
The museum is in a typical hour that has been renovated and is beautiful. It contains documents, objects, photos and information about the region and its inhabitants, and of course the story of the Decembrists.

At the end of the visit, a musical show was organized in the house, with songs, music and dances.
Written May 24, 2015
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Teacherlyn1944
San Giovanni in Persiceto, Italy58 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
Fascinating story of the Decembrist revolutionaries who pre-dated the Russian Revolution. Well presented and informative with lots of captions in English. The women who followed these men into exile in Siberia were tough!
Written October 20, 2014
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Englischer
County Durham, UK114 contributions
Sep 2012 • Solo
Lovely house with a wealth of information about the Decembrist's and their revolt of 26th December 1825. Good value at 200 roubles. Closed Monday's (the sister museum Trubetskoy nearby on Dzerzhinskogo Street is closed Tues/Wed).
Written October 7, 2012
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snapper00
Glasgow, UK89 contributions
Jun 2012 • Couples
The furniture etc. that were real people's belongings from the past. Made me understand the impact the Decembrists' wives had on Irkutsk. And - an unexpected musical performance and champagne!
Written June 25, 2012
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Melody Y
Taipei, Taiwan15 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
Love this one! Inspired and amazed by the story of the Decembrist family.

One can see not only objects the Volkomsky’s family left behind but the museum also provides commentary in various languages which makes the story more vivid.

The ticket cost 200py6 /per and it takes us about an hour to see around.
Written February 3, 2019
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Maurice B
Berlin, Germany554 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
The Volkonsky House belongs to the Decembrists museum. There's still another house which belonged to the Trubetskoy family which is also part of the museum. If you choose to visit both houses you'll get a discount of 25% for the second house you're visiting.
I recommend you to start in the Trubetskoy house as you'll find many basic information in the basement there.
The surrounding garden of the Volkonsky manor is also worth a visit.
The Volkonsky house is really lovely decorated and definitely worth a visit.
Written July 12, 2018
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