Located 120 miles (200km) from Moscow, Yasnaya Polyana is the
estate where Lev Tokstoy was born in 1828. In 1921, the property
became a memorial to the celebrated author of War and Peace and
Anna Karenina, and contains a museum with his personal effects and
library of nearly 22,000 volumes. Nearly a century later, the
museum is still run by Tolstoy's descendants.
Tolstoy spent 60 years living at Yasnaya Polyana with his
family, and each of his 13 children were born there (although four
died at young ages). He founded a working farm and children's
school on the estate, and is still buried in an area called the
Forest of the Old Order (so called because it was forbidden to cut
down trees there).
Address: Shchekino District, Tula Region
Postal Code: 301214
Telephone: +7 (4872) 38 67
Transportation: Buses are available from Moscow, stopping in the nearby
town of Tula.
Opening Time: Tuesday to Sunday 9am-5pm. The Tolstoy House is
closed for cleaning last Tuesday of each month, and the Kuzminsky
House is closed for cleaning last Wednesday of each
Admission: Admission is only allowed on a guided tour from April