Book publisher, millionaire, educator: Ivan Sytin's Memorial Flat opens in Moscow

October 12, 2019

The Ostrovsky Integration Museum and Cultural Centre opened Ivan Sytin's Memorial Flat at 12/2 Tverskaya Street, 2nd floor. The book publisher lived here with his family from 1928 to 1934.

Today, it is both a memorial space dedicated to the famous Russian educator of the early 20th century, and a unique Museum of Culture of the 19th–20th centuries. It is expected to host chamber events, such as meetings, literary evenings, presentations of new books, concerts, exhibitions, and interactive classes with children.

Publisher's children, Dmitry, Anna and Olga, came up with the idea of a museum in the 1960s-1970s.  In 1986, Ivan Sytin's flat was transferred to the All-Union Voluntary Society of Book Lovers of the RSFSR, and soon, with the support of public authorities, a museum opened there. It holds about 2,000 copies of printed media, more than 50 interior items, as well as part of the family archive. In 2016, the unique collection was transferred to the Ostrovsky Integration Museum and Cultural Centre.

The renovated Memorial Flat opened this September. The recreated memorial space with original furnishings and personal belongings of the Sytins takes you back in time to feel the atmosphere of the early 20th century and get acquainted with the urban culture of the era.

Ivan Sytin (1851-1934) was an entrepreneur, a book publisher, a millionaire and an educator, who made his way from an ignorant boy born to a peasant family to one of the most forward-minded and educated people of the turn of the century. Sytin both succeeded in his business, establishing a huge publishing empire, and became a significant figure in Russian culture and education.

The Museum is open Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 am till 06:00 pm.


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