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Address:Arbat street, 26
Location:Show on map
Website:www.vahtangov.ru
Telephone:(499) 241-1679
In the center of Old Arbat in a building decorated with columns, known to any generation of Muscovites, the State academic theater of a name of E.Vakhtangov. Stiffened in the monuments, embodied on memorial boards, they give to this corner of old Moscow special atmosphere.

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In dress circle foyer the constant exhibition devoted stories of Theatre — to the performances which have made its glory is developed. The museum constantly suits thematic exhibitions to significant dates in Theatre life. The Museum is located too in dress circle, occupies one room in which the most part of archive and library on stories of arts is placed.
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Dear Arbat
Moscow’s Most Extraordinary Museums and Monuments: Music and Literature

While our previous route was dedicated to love and art, this path shall lead you to literary and musical places of the capital. 

All of us have long been used to the idea of monuments being erected to commemorate some extraordinary poets and writers, but all of those monuments look somewhat alike: the grand person in question is standing or sitting, surveying the area with an inspired stare. But a writer rowing across the boulevard in a boat while being surrounded by horses at the same time, is an unheard-of story. But this is indeed true, there is such a monument to the writer M.M. Sholokhov, a Nobel Prize laureate. The creator of this sculpture located at the beginning of Gogolevsky boulevard is A.I. Rukavishnikov. From Gogolevsky boulevard, you will need to turn onto the Sivtsev Vrazhek side street, and from there, arrive at Bolshoy Afanasyevsky side street 15, building 9, where the Moscow State Museum “House of Burganov” is located. A part of its exhibition, by the way, is clearly visible from the outside. Now you can choose to observe it from a distance or to visit this museum. Coincidentally, you will see more works of this artist travel­ling along this route. 

Next, you will need to be going along the Sivtsev Vrazhek all the way to Denezhny side street, and from there, you shall arrive at the Arbat. In the recent times, several new monuments have been erected here. First, you will be greeted by A.S. Pushkin and his wife Natalie standing in front of the house number 53 where they once lived. The author of this sculpture is A.N. Burganov. And from the Plotnikov side street, Bulat Okudzhava, a famous song writer and singer, walks sure-footed to meet you. The sculptor G.V. Frangulyan did his best to recreate around this composition the spirit of the legendary Arbat so adored by the bard. 

To your right, there will be the Krivoar­batsky side street and the „Victor Tsoi Wall“, a one-of-a-kind tribute to the beloved musician. To your left, the Vakhtangov Theater and 6 a small fountain with golden figure of Princess Turandot, the title character of Carlo Gozzi play, and the most celebrated production of this theater. 

Turning onto the Maly Nikolaevsky side street, you will get to a staircase bet­ween houses which will lead you to the Novy Arbat. Crossing it at an underpass, you shall bypass the Moscow house of books and arrive at the Bolshaya Molcha­novka street. There, in the backyard of the house number 10, where the art studio of the sculptor A.I. Rukavishnikov is located, you can admire some of his artwork dedicated to the “Master and Margarita”, the famous novel of M.A. Bulgakov.

Next, walking further along the Bolshaya Molchanovka, you shall arrive at the little square with the bust of the renowned poet M.J. Lermontov, created – again – by A.N. Burganov. The monument location is no coincidence: the memorial house of the poet is very close, at Malaya Molchanovka street, 2. 

Continuing to move along, you shall come to the intersection with Borisoglebsky side street. For all connoseurs of Russian poetry, this name is inextri­cably intertwined with the name of M.I. Tsvetaeva. Here, in the house number 6 where Marina Tsvetaeva once lived, a memorial exhibition dedicated to her life has been opened, with a monument to this extraordinary poet in front of it. Granted, the sculpture by N.A. Matveeva may hardly be defined as unusual, but since it is relatively new, being opened in 2007, we have added it to the route as well. 

The Borisoglebsky side street shall lead you to the Povarskaya street, 23, home to the Gnessin Russian academy of music. In 2004, a monument commemorating E. F. Gnessina, a pianist, educator and founder of this musical school, was opened in front of the Con­cert Hall. The sculptor, A.N. Burganov, allegorically transformed the wing of the concert grand into bird wings.

Next, you shall be returning to Po­varskaya street and walk to the monument of a poet, writer and Nobel Prize laureate, J.A. Brodsky, created by G.V. Frangulyan, and erected in 2009 opposite the U.S. Embassy. 

At the other side of the Novinsky boule­vard, another relatively new monument is to be seen, namely, the one dedicated to the grand opera bass, F.I. Shalyapin, created by V. Tserkovni­kov. By now, only one object remains unseen on our route; it is a monu-ment of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, from the incredibly famous stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. Images created by A. Orlov hint to the actors V. Livanov and V. Solomin playing the famous heroes in the Soviet version of the movie. This monument is very enticing as a picture spot – next to the protagonists, there is just enough room on their bench for you.

Arbat

By right, the Arbat is considered the oldest of all official pedestrian zones in Moscow. The name of this street, at that time, referred to the vast countryside, first mentioned in 1475. Over the centuries, with the formation of urban development, Arbat has become a big, full-blooded Moscow street. 


The project to turn Arbat into a pedestrian street first developed in 1974 and was not limited to the prohibition of vehicular traffic on the street. It included smaller projects on the street's beautification, reconstruction, and restoration of the buildings' facades.  The first stage of the Arbat's reconstruction was completed by 1985, and by 1986 the street had fully transformed: to replace asphalt cobblestone was installed, along with retro street lamps, flowerpots and benches. On April 1st, 1986, the Arbat hosted the Day of Laughter and so many people attended, that they had to immediately block the street to avoid people crushing together. Soon the new pedestrian street began attracting artists, musicians, street actors and merchants, creating a special creative world within the Arbat. 

It's possible to start your walk along the Arbat from either of two “Arbatskaya” metro stations, belonging to “Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya” or “Filevskaya” lines. At the beginning of your walk, pay attention to well-known restaurant “Prague” (Praga) and, before going deeper into the Old Arbat, don't overlook the “Khudozhestvenny” Cinema — one of the oldest cinemas in Moscow. In 1909 Alexandr Khanzhonkov opened the “Khudozhestvenny Elektro-Theater” on Arbat Square, which in 1931 hosted the premiere of the first Soviet film in sound “Road to Life” (Putyovka v Zhizn). Also, do not turn on accident to the right along the noisy New Arbat with its high-rise buildings. 

Along the way, don't forget to have a peek down the numerous alleyways — here the Arbat's more curious guests can expect to see the Church of the Resurrection Slovusheye on Filippovsky Lane, the memorial wall to rock musician Viktor Tsoy on Krivoarbatsky Lane, and the Church of Athanasius and Cyril of Alexandria on Afanasyevsky Lane. Back on the Arbat you will see a monument glorifying the street and poet and musician Bulat Okudzhava, as well as the Evgeny Vakhtangov Theater. 

The most defining feature of the Old Arbat is its abundance of old tenement houses. The street is home to, for example, the so-called “House with the Knights” (Home of A. T. Filatova—Y. M. Filatov, no. 35/5) and many others (O. S. Burgardt-Gvozdetsky, Joint Stock Company “Moscow Private Pawnshop”, S. Y. Bobovich, home and hotel of Yechkin, V. P. Panyushev). The home of N. S. Khitrovo (no. 53, bldg. 1) now houses the Museum-Apartment of A. S. Pushkin. The Arbat is very reminiscent of the great poet — in addition to his memorial apartment, here you can see a monument depicting Pushkin and his wife, Natalia Goncharova, created by sculptor A. Burganov. You will find the monument at the end of your route right across from the poet's apartment, approaching “Smolenskaya” metro station.