Museum F.M. Dostoyevskogo
Museum F.M. Dostoyevskogo
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Xplorer J
Columbus, IN238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019 • Solo
If you have ever read "Crime & Punishment" "Brothers Karamazov" "Notes from Underground" or "The Idiot" ... or any of his other many works ... this will be a fascinating visit for you. It was his home in seclusion during his exile from Russia. He was a leading Russian writer in the 19th century, and as so often happens his literary genius was not recognized -- or at least it was not appreciated -- during this time. He tormented life story is reflected in the tone of many of his novels. This museum shows the smallish rooms where he lived and worked; comfortable enough for the time. This is definitely worth a visit for anyone interested in novels, or Russian writers, or the 19th century contributions to world literature. It doesn't take long, but gives great depths of insight and contemplation.
Written 6 June 2019
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Andrew M
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July 2018 • Family
Dostoyevsky is one of the most famous Russian writers, and this museum has the reputation as being the only Dostoyevsky museum outside of Russia. It is probably easiest to reach by walking east from Central Plaza, on Dostoyevsky Street. The wooden house next to the museum will come into view, and also a sculpture of Dostoyevsky and his good friend Chokan Valikhanov. Chokan was an explorer, and played a part in the "great game", which was a battle for influence in Central Asia between Russia and Britain.

Fodor was arrested in 1849 for commenting on books that were critical of the czar. We had visited Omsk, where he was imprisoned for five years, and seen two statues dedicated to him.He underwent five years of forced military service in Semey.
He lived with his wife and daughter in this house of a postmaster, between 1857-1859. After being released from service in 1859, he returned to Russia. He was under police surveillance for the rest of his life. Dostoyevsky died in 1881.

We paid for a tour with an english translator, who was very good and passionate about the work of Dostoyevsky. The displays include many original books and notes written by Fodor. Many personal items and photos are also on display. I had read "crime and punishment" which is one of his most famous books, but learnt much about the other popular books that he wrote.The "house" section of the museum was quite interesting as it included a desk used by Fodor and seemed unchanged from the 19th century. There were a few paintings of Semey attractions in the museum, and a model of the town in the early 1900's.

A special exhibit of hand painted traditional items was downstairs to the left of the ticket area. We took many photos here, but only took one photo in the museum as the charge was per photo, and we decided against this. Other nearby attractions are Central Square, Central park, Fire tower and the single tower mosque on Utilsa Ak. Pavlova which runs behind the museum.
Written 20 September 2018
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Drph24
Yeovil, UK155 contributions
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May 2018 • Friends
The modern museum contains many artefacts related to his life and literature, but would hold the attention on an enthusiast only. Much more appealing to the casual visitor is the attached wooden house that was the original one that he lived in for several years. It can be seen within 10 minutes.
Written 12 May 2018
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