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Irkutsk Regional Memorial Museum of Decembrists (Иркутский областной историко-мемориальный музей декабристов)

In December of 1825 in Saint Petersburg, the band of the noblemen attempted to stage a coup for the czar’s demise and the abolition of serfhood in the Russian Empire.  The rising was put down, and all the instigators were doomed to exile to Siberia or Caucasus. Later exiled noblemen got the name “Decembrists” from the name of the month of rebellion.

Irkutsk Regional Memorial Museum of Decembrists

Irkutsk in Eastern Siberia became one of the places of exile for the politically oppressed nobles. In tribute to the Decembrists living here, the historical-memorial museum was opened in the center of Irkutsk. The Museum is consists of the house of the Volkonsky family and the house of the Trubetskoy family.

The house of Decembrist S.G. Volkonsky was built in the village Urik (Irkutsk region) in 1838. In 1845, after getting the permission to move to Irkutsk, S.G. Volkonsky relocated the house into the plot of land in Irkutsk, where the family lived till amnesty in 1856. The house was modified into the museum in 1975; there were reconstructed historical interiors and household buildings.

The goods and chattels, furniture, musical instruments, photographs of the Decembrists are placed in the rooms. The home theatre gets up the plays of the first half of XIX century, and the museum provides literal and musical salons and balls.

The house of Decembrist S.P. Trubetskoy has the original interior of a noble family in XIX century; inside the residence the belongings of the Trubetskoy family and other Decembrists.

Semi-basement presents the exposition about the hard labor and the subsequent settling of the Decembrists in a new place in Siberia.

Open hours and price

The house of Decembrist S.G. Volkonsky

Tuesday – Sunday from 10 to 18

Day off – Monday, and the last Thursday of each month

The house of Decembrist S.P. Trubetskoy

Monday, Wednesday – Sunday from 10 to 18

Day off – Tuesday, and the last Wednesday of each month

Ticket price 200 rubles

How to get to the Irkutsk Regional Memorial Museum of Decembrists 

The house of Decembrist S.G. Volkonsky

Irkutsk, Volkonskogo Pereulok, 10

In the Russian language – Иркутск, пер. Волконского, 10

The house of Decembrist S.P. Trubetskoy

Irkutsk, Dzerzhinskogo Ulitsa, 64

In the Russian language – Иркутск, ул. Дзержинского, 64

Links

Irkutsk Regional Memorial Museum of Decembrists website in the Russian language

PHOTO depositphotos.com

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